Week Five

Class Five: The Plan for today

  • Warm ups for 15 minutes
  • Go over materials and process going forward
  • Tone: methods
  • Drawing ellipses & cylinders in 1pt perspective
  • Homework fro next week

How to Critique formal drawings

A critique is an oral or written discussion strategy used to analyze, describe, and interpret works of art. Critiquing is a process in which we organize our thoughts about an art piece.  Through four steps: description, analysis, interpretation and judgment, we are able to look at the work and make educated statements about it.

Critique is never really about whwther you simply “like” something: that is not a very helpful observation to make. What our critique is about is improving the work of your peers so you all advance. You learn when you teach, and you learn when you let yourself be teachable.

We will look at all the work together for a bit on the wall, then you will split up into pairs to critique each other for 10 minutes.

A 4-Step Critiquing Process for Works of Art

  1. Describe: Tell exactly what you see
  2. Analyze: Use the elements/principles to reflect upon the art form
  3. Interpret: Consider the following
    • What is the artist trying to say?
    • What caused the artist to say it?
    • What is the historical milieu that surrounds the work of art?
    • Why was the work of art created in this particular style?
  4. Evaluate: How successful or important is the work of art?

Week Four

What is one point perspective good for?


What is isometric projection good for?


Due Next Week

Actual task

Warm up: Gradient & Isometric Exercises

Using the handouts I am giving you, complete the texture and isometric exercises to warm yourself up for this week’s homework.


Tone drawing: draw a contour drawing and add tone to bring out the shadows, mid-tones, and highlights. Fear not: this is more to show me what you need to learn, not to make you upset.


Using the simple technique we covered today, draw several cubes in space in the same composition. I will score on neatness and novelty.





Tone Drawing on GOOD PAPER


Perspective Drawing on GOOD PAPER


Week Three

  • Lecture/Warmup
  • Check Homework from last week:
    • You will check in with your groups, make changes
  • This week’s work:
    • Negative Space
    • Blind Contours
  • Introduction to the Illusion of Depth


Due: February 24

Everything should be in your progress book on printer paper.

Warm up

I need to see at least one full page of warm ups. Three would be ideal and I will require these for every class and assignment.

Drawing One

Choose an object in your home. It can be fairly complex if you are feeling confident. If you choose simply shaped items, put a few together. Draw these with a blind contour line, using your pencil as we did in class and try not to peek!

Drawing Two

Do a negative space drawing of the exact same item(s) at the exact same angle.

Extra Credit

Do anything in my class a few times and you will get extra credit.





Drawing One: blind drawing of objects


Drawing Two: negative space drawing of same objects as above


Go to website and watch, read, take in material!


Class Two

The plan for today

  • Go over homework
  • Materials
  • Fundamentals
  • Progress Books
  • How to start drawing
  • Measurement with a ruler
    • Plans
    • Elevations
    • Homework for next week


Due next week

  • Warm-ups: I want to see your warm ups for each time you draw: at least two pages, 5-10 minutes, wherever it takes you. Date these and save them in your book.
  • Plan of your bedroom (to scale)
  • Elevation (to scale): Front of your building/house. This means you have to go out side at look at it. If that does not work, pick a building you can see from a window.

Criteria & Credit

Criteria Percent
Warm-ups: You did a lot, really explored and played with the materials 20
Formal Plan of your Bedroom:

  • Neatness
  • Followed directions in terms of scale
  • Added twist of meaning
  • On time
Still life! 

Set up a few items, try drawing them with sight measurement! No worries, just see how it goes, you are learning new visual vocabulary with your hand and eyes!

Formal Elevation of house/building

  • Neatness
  • Followed directions in terms of scale
  • Added twist of meaning
  • On time
Read material on website (Fridays) 10

How to start drawing

An introduction to our materials

  • Pencils: hardness, tip, sharpness
  • Erasers: when to use them, when not to
  • Ruler: coming up later today
  • Paper: we are sticking with copier paper for now, so more on this soon.
  • Our Physical Equipment: Eyes, arms, hands, height

How to Begin? Step One: Warm Ups!

Like any new and strenuous technique, you need to warm up each time you start to draw. It helps you calm down into the best frequency of thought, it helps your hand get ready, and it sharpens your mind to the media and expectations. Draw like this 5 to 10 minutes a day– it should be plenty of time to get the job done.

WARNING:  You will draw crap.  That’s okay. Just make note of where you can improve, but don’t stress out about it.

Step Two: Study/sketch

This class is a part of the Study phase. It is where you go out, study others, and acquire new skills.

This is meant to be a mental workout. When you push yourself past your comfort zone in a physical workout, you body adapts and becomes stronger. The same is true of a mental workout. When you push past your mental comfort zone, your mind will adapt and become smarter. In short, you will become a better artist.

Step Three: Truly Draw

Remember, drawing is another way to articulate sight. To draw is to see. Once you are feeling confident, it is time to put it all together:

  • Play: Start out using loose line, dig into your vision, play and start determining what the piece calls for. Do not start with heavy lines, do not erase, just start rooting around until you start feeling more assured.
  • Test Yourself: Try something that scares you and master it.
  • Make it Relevant: It isn’t enough to draw something accurately. Make it mean something! Make it mean something to yourself first and foremost.


You must buy some of the materials for this class. I strongly suggest Dick Blick  stores as they dot the city and are affordable. They acquired Utrecht, but still under different names, so be sure to check those stores out as well.

Materials to Peruse

Why you need this class:

Concepts to go over


a horizontal section through an object


a drawing that flatten an object that has three dimensional  protrusions because it is a projection onto a parallel surface placed in front of the object


a vertical slice through a building with one half removed so we can look inside.