Drawing and Painting I

Course Description

This class will teach beginning concepts in drawing and painting. During the class students will focus on the initial questions of “What is drawing?”, “Why draw?” and develop a connection between drawing and painting. Students will understand how to work critically through analysis and interpretation while completing drawings and paintings. Students will not only work in various mediums such as graphite, ink, charcoal, watercolor and tempera, but will also write, study historical perspectives and understand why drawing is an essential skill in today’s world.

Materials YOU are responsible for

  • Pencil Pouch & Paint Brush Set
  • Sketch Book- not a notebook!!
  • Three ring binder or Folder
  • $15.00 Lab Fee

Grading policy and procedures:

Grades are based on individual assignment criteria, participation in class discussion and critiques, timely completion of work, and each student’s citizenship in the class. (Cooperation, Attitude, Attendance). Break down is typically Effort- Craftsmanship/ Perseverance- Originality/Creativity- Design/Composition.

***Any project assigned during the first half of the trimester CANNOT be turned in after mid tri: this will result in a 0 for the assignment.


Sketchbooks: All Sketchbooks due at the beginning of class on the Monday of that week unless otherwise noted!

All subject matterin any work created using STMA materials must follow appropriate content guidelines. All artwork must be original. Be creative: No Hearts, Stars, Peace Signs, Sports & Advertising Logos, Published Cartoons, etc. Do not make anything that relates to or resembles in any way smoking, alcohol, sex, drugs, etc.

Lab Fee:

There is a $15.00 fee that covers the cost of a pencil pouch for you to keep. This fee also covers the cost of drawing and painting materials, and you will be assigned a set of brushes which replacement costs will be $10.00 for any missing/damaged brushes at the end of the trimester.

“Art and science have their meeting point in method.”                                                                                       –Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton

Drawing & Painting I Course Outline:


*Learning Targets: On-going throughout the trimester*

I know and understand the Elements and Principles of Design.

I know the different types of pencils used in drawing.

I know how to use and respect materials in art.

I know and understand what a critique is and the process of critiquing art work.

I can analyze artwork and I know how artists find influences and develop a personal voice in a variety of media.

I can create artwork that expresses an idea and demonstrates learning.

I can revise my artwork based on feedback and reflect on my artwork.

I understand the importance of a clean art room. I can clean up after myself and help others.



Week #1: Class introduction & Expectations

  • Unit #1 “What is Drawing?-Elements and Principles”
  • Shading and Blending
  • Elements and Principles– In class (Textbook)

o   Media: Graphite

  • Critique



Learning Targets: Observational Drawing


I know the different types of pencils used in drawing.

I understand why we use value in a drawing.

I can render shading in drawing.




Week #2:Begin SKETCHBOOK assignment #1

  • Continue Unit #1 “What is Drawing?-Elements and Principles”
  • Drawing from Observation – LINE & Values (Textbook)
  • Begin Unit #2 – “The Landscape”

o   Introduction to Color Theory

o    Landscape Study – Bring an image/photo from home!!! NO GOOGLE

o   Perspective & Space: How to create an illusion of depth using value                                                                                                          


Learning Targets: Landscapes


I can compare and analyze a landscape drawing/painting from history.

I know and understand the influence of Ojibwa landscape artist George Morrison.

I can develop a landscape drawing.

I will create a landscape drawing and transfer my composition to watercolor paper.

I know how to use a variety of techniques to create a successful watercolor painting.

I know how to use and respect materials in art.


Week #3:Continue Unit #2 – “The Landscape” & Begin Sketchbook #2

  • Introduction to Watercolor
  • Contour Line Drawing of Landscape on watercolor paper
  • Watercolor Composition



Week #4: Begin Sketchbook #3 & Complete Unit #2

  • Complete Watercolor Composition
  • Critique Landscape Watercolor


Learning Targets

I know what the Harlem Renaissance was.

I know how to create a composition showing artistic expression using shape and color.

I can render shading in paint.

I can explain visual culture, icons, and ideology, and how it relates to the culture and to the student personally.

I can Compare the art work of Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden and other influential African American Artists.

Week #5: Introduce Unit #3 – “Harlem Renaissance” & Begin Sketchbook #4

  • How to convey emotion through drawing and painting
  • Compositions with Movement
  • History: Compare and Contrast: Harlem Renaissance Artists
  • Sketch: 4 drawings/ideas for a painting that are inspired by Harlem Renaissance artist:
  • It will help if you focus your ideas either to the narrative, expressive or movement painting.

Week #6: Continue Unit #3– “Harlem Renaissance” & Begin Sketchbook #5

  • Create a sample color Palette
  • Begin Painting Composition on Board
  • In Progress Critique


Learning Targets: Abstraction of an Object

I know what Representational art is.

I know the differences between realism and abstract art.

I know how to create a collage.

I can render shading in drawing, ink, paint and collage.

I can Compare the art work during the life of Piet Mondrian.

I know how to use and respect materials in art.


Week #7: Complete Unit #3 – “Harlem Renaissance”

  • Complete final composition, touch up edges, finish details, etc.
  • Small Group Critique of different class work
  • Write artist statement


Week #8: Introduce Unit #4 – “Abstraction of an Object” & Begin Sketchbook #6

  • History: Piet Mondrian
  • How to create values using pen & ink
  • Bring an Object from Home: Something SIMPLE
  • Begin 9-part series: Representational
  • Series # 1 – Realism: Graphite + 2 media of choice (pen & ink, collage, and watercolor or tempera)


Week #9: Continue Unit #4 – “Abstraction of an Object” & Begin Sketchbook #7

  • Begin Series #2 – Abstract – work smaller: Graphite + 2 media of choice (pen & ink, collage, and watercolor or tempera)
  • Begin Series #3 – Final Abstraction: Graphite + 2 media of choice (pen & ink, collage, and watercolor or tempera)

Week #10: Finish Unit #4 – “Abstraction of an Object”, Begin Unit #5: “Self-Portrait” & Begin Final Sketchbook Assignment

  • Finish Abstract Series
  • Critique “Abstraction of an Object” series
  • Introduce Unit #5 -“Self-Portrait”
  • History: Chuck Close
  • Generic Face Proportions
  • Self-Portrait – Graphite: Drawing from a mirror


Learning Targets for Portraits

I can develop facial proportion study.

I can compare and contrast two portraits.

I can develop and draw an expressive self-portrait.

I can discuss the art work of Chuck Close.

I can render shading in drawing.

I can transfer a drawing of myself using a 1:2 grid method.


Week #11 Continue Unit #5 -“Self-Portrait”

  • Specific characteristics of a face
  • Grid Out Drawing Paper 1:2 (4H…lines need to be erasable)
  • Proportions: Self-Portrait Contour Line Drawing
  • Start Self-Portrait Drawing

Week #12

  • Continue Unit #5 – “Self-Portrait”
  • In Progress Critique
  • Clean & Organize Drawing Room
  • Donate unwanted art materials
  • Final Critique
  • Turn in Set of Brushes: $10.00 fee for Missing/Damaged Brushes


Drawing is putting a line (a)round an idea.”-Henri Matisse


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