Drawing II

Course Description

This is an advanced class of drawing at STMA Senior High. The foundation of this class is based in self-exploration with instructor guidance. You will explore various genres of painting and drawing while beginning to find a “voice” in your art. Aesthetics, composition, intent, and research are integral in this class, while learning from history and each other. The mediums we will work with are primarily focused in the drawing realm but some paint used as a drawing medium may be explored.

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.

Instructional Resources:

Lecture, group and individual discussion, independent and group projects, art criticism writings and readings.

Overarching Learning Targets

I can…

  • Create artwork that expresses an idea and demonstrates learning.
  • Create a collection of artwork.
  • Participate in an art studio.
  • Revise my artwork based on feedback.
  • Reflect on my artwork.
  • Analyze artwork.


This is an advanced class in the art department at STMA. Some of the expectations for the class are:

  • Continual work in class (USE the class time that is available!)
  • Please stay off your cell phones. Keep them in your pocket.
  • 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 us and you!
  • 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.


  • Look at artwork daily (artwork is not created in a vacuum)
    • Professional
      • Books
      • Internet
      • Museums
    • Each others work
      • Get ideas from one another
    • Unique/Creative work
  • Talk about art
  • Use your sketchbook!!!!
  • Create your own work that is not due for this class!!
    • Work begets work
  • Visit the local museums and galleries
    • MIA (Minneapolis Institute of Art)
    • MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art and Design)
    • Walker (Loring Park Area/Downtown Minneapolis)
    • Weisman (University of Minnesota)
    • Gallery 360, Mpls.

Course Outline:

Week 1-2: Review Project and Still Life:

  1. Single Objects
  2. Drapery
  3. Anatomy
  4. Still Life as Metaphor

Week 3 and 4: Tool inspired by Jim Dine

  1. Oil Pastels
  2. Color
  3. Working in Large scale

Week 5 and 6: The Portrait

  1. Contour Portraits
  2. Portrait as a Document
  3. Self-Portrait

Week 7-10: Research / Choice Project

  1. Field Research
  2. Sketchbook research
  3. Three “final works” on the same theme

Week 11-13/ Landscape

  1. Landscape Organization
  2. Alternative Landscapes
  3. Personal Landscape

Sketchbooks (These are given out weekly)

  1. Artist research
  2. Contour drawings
  3. Value studies
  4. Personal exploration
  5. Analytical drawings
  6. Etc.


  1. Written
  2. Group


Materials You NEED!!!

Multiple #2 Pencils NOT MECHANICAL!!!

Sketch Book (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! a spiral bound or hard cover)

  • This is your research workbook/sketchbook/notebook
  • Get something that will last and not fall apart!!!!!!!

Folder/Binder for keeping handouts and other sheets

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

Lab Fee:

There is a $15.00 this is to cover costs of paper, pencils and other materials that are an essential part of the class.

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