Drawing I

Drawing I


Fall 2012
08/27/2012 - 12/16/2012

Course Information

Section 021
MW 12:00 - 14:45
RGC6 A254
Ashe Laughlin

Office Hours

  • M W
    11:00 a.m - 12:00p.m.
    RGC6 A254 (or TBA) 11:00 a.m.-12:00p.m. (by appointment please)

Course Requirements


Instructor: Ashe Laughlin

Fall  2012

Course # ARTS 1316  and ARTS 1317

Section # 021 and  007

Synonym 11010 and 11016

Class meeting: Mon./Wed. 12:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

Room: RGC6 A254 (the annex)



Voice mail: 223-1795 ext. 25610 (email is best contact)

Office hours:  RGC6 A254 (or TBA) 11:00 a.m.-12:00p.m. (by appointment please)


Course Description

An introduction to developing fundamental drawing skills and concepts; consideration of line, space, form, and perspective in drawing from still life, landscape and the human figure. Emphasis will be placed on composition and the development of hand-eye coordination.


Instructional Methodology & Rationale

The purpose of Drawing I is to provide each student with specific drawing media experiences and to build basic perceptual skills in terms of drawing from studio setups. An emphasis will be put on establishing unity between drawing and seeing, rendering what one experiences accurately, developing a sense of composition and introducing a variety of drawing media. 


The student will also gain basic knowledge of the elements of art: line, value, shape, volume, and texture to lead to their deliberate manipulation for different types of spatial illusion, compositions, and expressive meaning.  Presentations, one-on-one instruction, group discussion, and class involvement and interaction are a crucial part of the learning process.


Common Course Objectives (ACC Standardized)

  • Students will analyze visual information in terms of proportional relationships, spatial relationships and basic geometric shapes in order to accurately depict objects and grouping of objects.
  • Students will use shading (continuous tones, cross contour, cross hatching and stippling) to create the illusion of volume, depth, and the natural way light describes forms.
  • Students will describe texture and organic rhythms drawing from still life objects and landscapes.
  • Students will execute one and two point perspective drawings.
  • Students will use a variety of tools and techniques spontaneously to interpret subjects in particular expressive ways.
  • Students will discuss drawing using a commonly understood terminology.
  • Students will make drawings from the human figure to depict anatomical relationships.
  • Students will present their completed work in a professional manner.


Goals and Objectives (Instructor specific)

This course is designed as a16-week basic studio experience in drawing. Students will be required to complete a series of graduated exercises that will help to develop multiple approaches to drawing. Goals include:

  • Compile a portfolio of finished drawings.  Each drawing must have the artist’s name, date, and medium used and written objective in the bottom right corner.
  • Learn to utilize a sketch book.  A minimum of 60 pages must be completed by semester’s end for one letter grade.
  • All work must be presented professionally!  Clean and free of defects.


The following criteria will account for the final grade.

  • (x 2)Assignments/homework
  • In class participation/critique, attitude and ability to follow instructions
  • Mastery of materials and concepts
  • Daily grades

*Sketchbook is equal to one letter grade off if incomplete.



Critiques are one way that we as a class can explore strengths and weaknesses in any given project. Each student is expected to actively participate in each critique. Students should be responsive and prepared for every critique. Your grade will be greatly affected by your level of participation in critiques.


Requirements for each assignment

·             All work must be executed on assigned paper with assigned media.

·          Presentation of all work must be professional.  Each work submitted for a grade must          have tracing paper neatly cut and affixed with tape at the top of the work.

·          All work must have a printed tag which should appear on the back of each work   (lower right corner, depending on orientation of work.) 


Each of these requirement, when not fulfilled correctly, will result in the lowering of that project grade by one letter for each requirement listed. 



                                           Tape                                                   Tape


                                           Trace paper                                        Name tag

                                           covering work                                    (bottom right)      

                    Front                                                                             Back




Name: Your name here

Instructor: Ashe Laughlin

Date: 8/27/2012 FALL

Project:“Figure Ground”



·          All works must be available for midterm and final portfolio review.

·          Late works will not be accepted unless otherwise specified.


Grading System

Grades will be assigned according to the following format. In-class activities/assignments and critiques will be graded “Pass / Fail”.  The percentage of passing grades in this respect shall constitute (1) project grade.  Project grades will be totaled and averaged with final grades based on the following scale.


A = 4.0-3.5      Consistently outstanding, superior, and excellent work. Significant growth in skill development and ability to effectively assimilate presented concepts. Perform exceptionally in class critiques. Student must meet all grading criteria to a superiordegree to receive an A.


B= 3.49-2.5     Consistently above average work. Demonstrated improvement and growth in skill development and concept assimilation. Student must meet all grading criteria to an above averagedegree.


C= 2.49-1.5     Consistently adequate in growth with average progress in skill development and concept assimilation. Meets minimum levels of grading criteria.


D= 1.49-.5       Below average, less than adequate improvement. Meets minimum levels of acceptance in some but not all grading criteria.


F= .49-0          Unsatisfactory, unacceptable, insufficient improvement. Does not meet minimum levels of acceptance in any grading criteria.


Course Policies

Attendance, Withdrawal and Incomplete grades

Attendance is mandatory. If you are absent, you will be responsible for finding out about missed assignments and due dates. Poor attendance and consistent tardiness will be reflected in your final grade regardless of work quality.  Students are allowed three (3) absences in this class.  Three (3) tardies shall be counted as one (1) absence. Students who miss roll call are considered tardyStudents with an excess of three (3) absences, including tardies, will lower their grade by one full letter, per infraction of this policy, for the semester.  Additionally, students who are more than thirty minutes late for class will be considered absent.


An incomplete grade will be given under extreme circumstances that are completely unavoidable.


Preparedness is important in order for the classroom experience to be most effective. Please keep all of your materials well stocked.  Students who do not have required materials and who do not use class time effectively will be asked to leave , counted absent for the day and will receive a daily grade of ,”f”


Cookie Rule in Effect: 

Any student or instructor whose cellular phone , music device orcomputer disrupts class ,( in any way), will bring cookies for the entire class the following class meeting.  Additionally, anyone using texting devises or computers for the same purpose, during class time, shall be responsible for cookies as well.  Also, anyone speaking out of turn about his or her own work or speaking to fellow students during critique will bring cookies for the entire class (two per student in all cases).  Students not wishing to participate shall receive an,“ F”, as daily grade.

Turn off all cellular and data devices before the start of class.


Scholastic Dishonesty

Acts prohibited by the College for which discipline may be administered include scholastic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating on an exam or quiz, plagiarizing, and unauthorized collaboration with another in preparing outside work.  Academic work submitted by students shall be the result of their thought, research or self-expression.  Academic work is defined as, but not limited to tests, quizzes, whether taken electronically or on paper; projects, either individual or group; classroom presentations and homework.


Academic Freedom

Institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good.  The common good depends upon a free search for truth and its free expression.  Hence it is essential that faculty members at Austin Community College be free to pursue scholarly inquiry without unreasonable restriction and to voice and publish their conclusions without fear of institutional censorship of discipline.   They must be free from the possibility that others of differing vision, either inside or outside the College community, may threaten their professional careers.


The concept of academic freedom at Austin Community College is accomplished by an equally demanding concept of responsibility, shared by the Board of Trustees, administration and faculty members.


The essential responsibilities of the Board of Trustees and administrators regarding academic freedom are set forth in the Criteria for Accreditation, adopted by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as updated and revised.


In the classroom or in College-produced telecommunications, faculty members should strive to be accurate, to exercise appropriate restraint, and to show respect for the opinions of others.  In addition, instructors should be judicious in the use of material and should introduce only material that has a clear relationship to the subject field.


Freedom of Expression

Each student is strongly encouraged to participate in class.  In any classroom situation that includes discussion and critical thinking, there are bound to be many differing viewpoints.  These differences enhance the learning experience and create an atmosphere where students and instructors alike will be encouraged to think and learn.  On sensitive and volatile topics, students may sometimes disagree not only with each other but also with the instructor.  It is expected that faculty and students will respect the views of others when expressed in classroom discussions.


Student Discipline

Students at the College have the rights accorded to all persons under the Constitution to freedom of speech, peaceful assembly, petition, and association.  These rights carry with them the responsibility for each individual to accord the same rights to others in the College community and not to interfere with or disrupt the educational process.  As willing partners in learning, it is expected that students will comply with College rules and procedures.  ACC students are recognized as responsible persons who neither lose the rights nor escape the responsibilities of citizenship.  Enrollment in college indicates acceptance of the rules set forth in this policy, administered through the office of the Campus Dean of Student Services.  Due process, through an investigation and appeal process, is assured to any student involved in disciplinary action.


General Provisions

The purpose of this policy is to identify for the ACC community the rights and responsibilities of its students, to specify acts prohibited and standards of conduct required and to set a range of appropriate penalties in cases of rule violations.


Due Process

In cases of violations of this policy, the following procedures recognize and afford the federal and state due process rights of students as citizens.


Emergency Action

Provisions are included herein to protect the College and members of the College community in cases of emergencies and other instances requiring immediate action.  Nevertheless, even in such instances, the student is afforded federal and state due process rights by these procedures.


Administration of Discipline

The Campus Dean of Student Services or the appropriate facility administrator shall have primary authority and responsibility for the administration of student discipline.  The Campus Dean of Student Services works cooperatively with faculty members in the disposition of scholastic violations.


Offenses: Prohibited Acts

Prohibited acts include, but are not limited to, the commission of any act punishable by fine, incarceration, or both, under any law of the United States, or of the State of Texas, or under any local governmental ordinance, all as amended from time to time. A student may be punished for acts occurring on ACC-operated property or in connection with ACC-sponsored activities and for acts occurring off ACC-operated property when such acts interfere with the educational process and goals of ACC.


Other prohibited acts that constitute offenses for which discipline may be administered are listed in the Student Handbook.


Office of Students with Disabilities

Each ACC campus offers support services for students with documented physical or psychological disabilities. Students with disabilities must request reasonable accommodations through the Office for Students with Disabilities on the campus where they expect to take the majority of their classes. Students are encouraged to do this three weeks before the start of the semester.


Testing Center Policy

Testing centers are located at Northridge, Rio Grande, Eastview, Riverside, Cypress Creek, Pinnacle, Round Rock, San Marco, and Fredericksburg. Instructors provide students with information about using the centers. Sites and hours are subject to change without notice.


The following regulations and guidelines apply to all campuses.

  • Proper identification is required (current ACC I.D. or a current fee receipt plus valid photo I.D.). Only enrolled students may use the testing centers.
  • Give your instructor’s name, course name and number, the section number, synonym number, and the exam name or number.
  • Bring only those items you will need to take your exam. There is no secure storage for books, purses, etc.
  • Students with disabilities requiring individual assistance on tests need to work with the Office for Students with Disabilities.
  • The use of unauthorized materials while taking an exam in an ACC Testing Center is subject to disciplinary action.


For more information, consult the “Guide to Student Use of the Testing Centers,” available at all Testing Centers.


Course Outline/Calendar

  • Introduction to Drawing-Students are informed of what they can expect and what can be expected of them. Course requirements, sketch-book, supplies and criteria of grading are discussed.
  • Accuracy & Seeing-Working from still-life setups, students use tools (sighting, organizational line, positive/negative space) to accurately represent geometric objects in relation to each other.
  • Blocking & Gesture-Students break down complex objects with simple geometric shapes and continue to use tools to check accuracy. Gesture is incorporated as a starting point for drawings and in describing organic objects.
  • Value-Students practice seeing value (light and dark) on an object; examples are shown of how light on the object creates value changes and illusion of mass, volume and space. Students practice from geometric and organic objects held under one and two light sources trying to match observed values.
  • Composition & Mark Making-Students focus on and edit sections of many complex still-life and landscapes to develop dynamic compositions in a given image area. Molding a drawing through a progressive evolution and creating an appropriate and interesting surface by responding to materials are emphasized.
  • Human Figure-Students draw the human form, learning basic anatomy and utilizing the skeleton and live models. Use of all tools for accuracy and approaches is needed in responding to this complex subject matter.


Week by week:

1.     Introduction:  Review of course materials, objectives and expectations of students.    

                  Assignment: Self-portrait. Due following class.

2.     Gesture and organizational line.

                  Assignment: 6 eggs. Due following class.

3.     Visual measuring and angle taking. 

                  Assignment: Still life. Due following class.

4.     Planar analysis.

                  Assignment: TBA

5.     Value scales in multiple media

                  Assignment:  Television set. Due following class

6.     Line quality and form.  Implied line and form. 

            Assignment:  Photo crop. Due following class.

7.     Contour line and cross contour. Positive negative reflection

                  Assignment: Self-portrait. Due following class.

8.     One point perspective

                  Assignment:  House drawing. Due following class.

9.     Two point perspective 

                  Assignment:  Room drawing. Due following class.

           10.  Sfumato and atmospheric perspective

           11.  Chiaroscuro: India ink and wash. Gray scale and gridding. Begin Old master copy.

                  Assignment: Old master copy.

          12.   Continuation of Old Master copy.  O.M. due following class.

          13.   Skeleton and muscles. 

                  Assignment:  Final self-portrait.  Due final class meeting.

           14.  Life drawing with nude model.  Review sketches for self-portrait.

           15.  Final Self-portrait due and final review.  Bring first self-portrait for review.


All material contained here-in, subject to change at discretion of instructor.



















Amount Needed

Brand / Name / Characteristic





Drawing pad



Red Cover – 100 Sheets

18” x 24”



Blank-paged Sketchbook / Journal




8 1/2” x 11” or 9”x12”


Dry Media Pad

(not off-white or cream)


Strathmore or comparable.

90lb – 100 lb.  White only!

18” x 24”



Ebony drawing pencils





Pencils for drawing


Artist Set – Assorted (I prefer Stahdler if possible)

4H-2H-H-HB-2B-4B-6B min. range


Tuff Stuff brand eraser extruder


Tuff Stuff brand



Kneaded erasers





Hand pencil sharpener





Black charcoal pencils


Generals or similar










Alpha Color (also comes in 12pack.)



Vine charcoal

6  Sticks differing widths

Medium and Willow

Jumbo (dime-size

(minimum), medium size and fine.


Cylindrical-compressed charcoal

3 Sticks

Prisma color  





Crayon Set – Assorted earth tones with black and white

1 Set

CONTE, plastic box

Rectangular shape


India Ink



Small bottle



Speed ball artist pen set


Varied nib sizes /two pen handles



Art box / tackle box for supplies


Should fit all supplies.  Fishing tackle box at Walmart with trays, works great(about $20).



Blending cloth/ Chamois





Rags to use as drawing tool


Soft material



Baby Wipes for cleaning

1 Box




Work Shirt or Apron to wear





Large Metal Binder Clips


Black and silver

2” Opening


Drawing board


To fit 18”x24” paper



Portfolio for carrying paper and your working projects


Good quality, not cardboard or thin material.  Should protect work!

To fit  18”x24” paper


Spray Fixative

1 Can




Drafting tape for taping borders

1 Roll

Low Tack

(minimum sticky backing)



Tracing Paper

1 Roll




Ruler (cork backed)


Cork Backed



Sharpie Marker to write name on all materials





QuicKomp Artist's Drawing Tool

I.E. ,View finder


Plastic with guide lines (if you can find one otherwise don’t worry about it).








Protractor triangle


Alvin or simlar



Ice cube tray to mix in






Oriental bamboo brushes


Oriental Bamboo (inexpensive)















Asel art supply

(512) 477-1762

510 W. MLK Blvd.                                                    

Austin, TX 78701                                                      


Jerry’s Artarama

(512) 420-9359                      

6010 N. IH-35 Exit 238A  

Austin. TX 78752      


UT Co-op

On campus is supposed to have a kit prepared for the class.


Michaels and Hobby Lobby locations (look for coupons on-line).


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Course Subjects

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