Drawing and Painting I

Course Description  2019-2020

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.


Visual Arts maintain a rich body of knowledge that enables students to understand their world and its cultures.  Visual Arts develop critical thinking, original ideas, and creative problem solving.  Visual Arts provide a unique and powerful language in which students engage in artist practice by creating, responding, presenting, and connecting while cultivating their personal voice.

Learning Targets

I can…

  • Create artwork that expresses an idea and demonstrates learning.
  • Create a collection of artwork.
  • Read, reflect, revise, and analyze artwork based on feedback.
  • Find and generate original artistic ideas.
  • Understand and appreciate art and art history.


(Sensory) Elements (Formal) Principles
  • Value
  • Color
  • Form (3-D)
  • Space
  • Texture
  • Line
  • Shape (2-D)
  • Balance
  • Unity (harmony)
  • Rhythm (pattern, repetition)
  • Variety (or contrast)
  • Movement
  • Emphasis (dominance/point of interest)
  • Scale (proportion)

Materials YOU are responsible for

  • Pencil Pouch
  • Sketch Book- not a notebook 9”x12 “!!
  • 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.

Originality and Plagiarism

Originality and creativity are important components of this course. Students will not make direct use of another artist’s work and call it their own; this violates copyright laws and is plagiarism, and will result in an automatic failure for the project, and possibly the class. Students are encouraged to work only from personal photographs that they themselves have taken. Other artist’s work may be used as reference for personal artwork, but the work being referenced should be altered to such a degree that the original artist’s intent is in no way recognizable in the student’s work. Copying and/or duplicating of another artist work and calling it your own is cheating and fraudulent, and is not permissible in this course.

SketchbooksDue dates: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

April 13, 20, 27

May 4, 11, 18, 26

June 1

Videos on how to draw an eye, nose, mouth, and hair

All Sketchbooks are due at the beginning of class on the Monday of that week unless otherwise noted! You have one week to complete each sketchbook assignment. Sketchbooks are expected to be turned in on time as designated by your instructor. Keep each sketchbook assignment in your sketchbook along with the rubric for assessment. Students who do not turn in their sketchbook at the time of collection will be given a zero for that assignment. Late sketchbook assignments will not be accepted. 

All subject matter in any work created using STMA materials must follow appropriate content guidelines. All artwork must be original. Be creative: No Hearts, Stars, Peace Signs, Mushrooms, 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.


  • Be on time. After your third tardy you will receive a detention for every tardy thereafter.
  • Be Prepared. Preparation is everything.
  • Continual work in class (USE the class time that is available!)
  • Work outside of class time (you will NOT be able to complete all the work this class entails during class time only!)
  • Keeping your work and material organized and clean (Sketchbook/ binder/ portfolio)
  • Exploring new and creative themes (not hashing and rehashing old or the same concepts)
  • Exploring new mediums that you might not be familiar with.
  • Challenge yourself to work outside your comfort zone in art.
  • Persevere through struggles during the art making process
  • Seek out extra help and guidance if needed (other students or me)
  • Demonstrate skill, craftsmanship and effort during the art making process (show respect for your work!)
  • Begin to understand that art is not made in a vacuum and that it is influenced by history and the world around you and us!
  • Critiques are an important part of the art making process
  • Understand that being able to describe and discuss your work using proper terminology is an important part of being an artist.


You will get an assigned number/storage unit for your cell phone. Your phone needs to be in the storage unit when the bell rings. You may pick up your phone after you have cleaned up (last 5 minutes of class). You may kindly remind me that we have 5 minutes left and I will finish what I am saying and excuse you to grab their phones).

“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 artist get there ideas.

I know how to use and respect materials in art.

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

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)
    • 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”
    • Introduction to Color Theory
    • Landscape Study – Bring an image/photo from home!!! NO GOOGLE
    • 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
  • Develop 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.

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

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 artwork of Chuck Close.

I can render shading in drawing.

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

  • Introduce Unit #5 – “Self-Portrait”
  • History: Chuck Close
  • Generic Face Proportions
  • Self-Portrait – Graphite: Drawing from a mirror

Week #11 Continue Unit #5 – “Self-Portrait”& Final Sketchbook Assignment Due

  • 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

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

How do artist get their ideas? Can you add to the list that works for you?

  • Observation
  • Dreams
  • Social Media
  • Friends/Family
  • Nature
  • Research other artist
  • Looking at art
  • Reading/story telling
  • Emotions/feelings
  • Experiences
  • Politics
  • Going to new place
  • Traveling
  • Current events
  • Discussion and feedback
  • Self-expression


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