Drawing is a quarter-long class focusing on learning a variety of techniques to improve drawing skills. Basic lessons at the beginning of the quarter are based on Betty Edwards' Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Following lessons & assignments will cover shading techniques and body & facial proportions (drawing people).
*A spiral-bound sketchbook or notebook and WOOD pencils (not mechanical) are required for this class
I recommend taking this class after Exploring Art. This class may be helpful if you decide to take Painting or Printmaking later.
This class is planned using the NC Essential Standards.
Each class will complete AT LEAST one lesson that may be used for the ASW Evaluation process. For more information about the ASW process, click here.
I can practice basic cartooning skills by generating 5 practice characters, then create my own original character and give it a name & character traits
6.V.2.1: Generate solutions to artistic problems.
8.V.2.1: Create art that uses the best solutions to identified problems.
So Far This Quarter...
1/27 Rules & Procedures guided notes
2/10 Value Scale, Shading Techniques, & Shading Forms
2/15 Extra Credit vocab puzzles
2/16 Hand Rendering
2/17 Gesture drawing practice
2/24 Proportional skeleton in motion
3/3 Cartoon Skeleton
3/10 1/2 Face with Values
3/21 Cartoon character practice
Students earn a daily grade for attempting the Board Work as class begins (warm-up exercise). It doesn't have to be perfect, but it must be GENUINELY ATTEMPTED for 100 points, HALF EFFORT gets half credit (50), NO EFFORT gets no credit (0- zero). These grades will be averaged for one MIDTERM "Sketchbook" grade, and again for a FINAL "Sketchbook" grade.
Students earn a class "Participation" grade at MIDTERM and FINAL by being on-task every day. Each student starts with 100, and points are deducted. Non-participation loses 3 points for each day this happens (putting head down, off-task, not starting work after 2 verbal reminders). Part of this grade includes end of class clean-up. A mess left behind loses 1 point for each day this happens. (7.V.3.1 Apply safety knowledge to maintain a safe and orderly work space)
First Day of Class: Rules & Procedures
Download and print a copy of the syllabus:
Ms. Foushee's "Drawing" YouTube video playlist
Ms. Foushee's YouTube Face & Body Proportions playlist
The Virtual Instructor art lessons
Phil McAndrews' Big List of Stuff to Draw
Learning about Negative Space
Blind Contour Drawing demo
The Art Channel demos and drawing tips
Shading Light & Form
FREE How to Draw books online
Artist: Kymia Nawabi
detail of The Philosopher's Stone is
Depending on class interest and the time it takes to complete projects, assignments may include:
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Contour & Blind-Contour Drawing
Shading & Value Studies
Still Life Drawings
"Drawing the News"