Thursday. April 15

Regarding your homework IV assignment:
A few students have contacted me with questions. First of all, read the instructions carefully. Follow those instructions.

I have asked for four 8.5X11 sketches illustrating  your theme. Use regular writing paper-one sketch per sheet.
These  four sketches are on the same theme using the same objects. The four sketches should be exploring four different compositions-just as we do in class. You are searching for a design and composition that is more interesting than the “normal”.

Your theme must follow the specs of the assignment (read the instructions carefully. the file is on the homework page of this site). This assignment is in black and white only/no color. Be prepared to present your concept.

In-Class: We began an exploration of perspective in class on Tuesday. We covered one point and two point perspective (How much fun was that!!!). We will continue with this lesson for a few more classes using the Yupo paper and various drawing tools.

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Tuesday. April 14

We are addressing perspective today. You need your Yupo paper and your drawing supplies for class. There will be a lesson on one point and two point perspectives using square elements-milk containers. When arriving to class, cut one sheet of your yupo paper into halves-50/50.

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April 7 and 9 and 10.

On Tuesday, we will discuss your final homework project, Flotsam and Jetsam/Debris-Homework IV. I will require a stepped, professional approach to this assignment. See details and down load the file at: http://wp.me/P1jieq-16

I’ve arranged a large, still life set-up, for a multi-day, charcoal drawing, that will begin on Tuesday. Remember your Strathmore paper and all charcoal materials next week.

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NCC is hosting an all day drawing event on Friday April 10. The day of figure drawing begins at 8:30 and ends in the later afternoon. You can draw in the morning sessions or the afternoon sessions. NCC provides all your materials. Please plan on attending and watching teachers draw along side of you; you can learn a lot by observing and participating.

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Charcoal Drawing

We start our exploration of Charcoal pencils and sticks tomorrow in class. Bring your set of charcoal pencils, plus erasers and sandpaper to class. Tuesday is a do not miss class as I will demonstrate with the new drawing materials and talk about how cool this medium can be. It is a messy material, so dress down or bring an old shirt or apron to class.

Check out these samples for inspiration.

 

 

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Mid Terms Grades posted

I currently have 21 students in Drawing I. Of those 21 students, I had 12 in attendance on Tuesday for a major mid-term critique on two important projects from the first half of the semester. This is unacceptable.

I’ve posted your mid-term grades online. Due to the results from the critiqued work on the board, some of you have improved your grades (great); some of you have lowered your grades (go online to see your final mid-term grade). On Tuesday, I handed out your mid-term evaluation sheets, which is an explanation of where your strengths lie in Drawing I and where your weaknesses are. There is a high degree of talent in class this semester. But as I explained on day one and in the syllabus, I grade on: focus, effort and progress. The attendance is so poor for many of you, focus and progress are sorely lacking. To all my A and B students, congratulations; you need not read any further………………..

Drawing I is a three-hour lab class meant to be used for concentrated effort in learning a skill that is new to you. Missing these 6 hours per week of discussion, demonstration, and drawing time has impeded many of you from succeeding up until this point. April 2o, at noon, is your final drop date for all NCC classes. Please keep this in mind if you find that your personal schedule will not allow you to succeed in class. On the other hand, this is called mid-term because we are half way into the course of study; so you have the second half of the semester to kick “it” in gear and do much better from this day forward. Many of you must improve or your GPA will suffer or you may fail Drawing I. Should you wish to discuss your grade further, email me and we can set up a time to talk.

Start by turning in your homework that is past due. Catch up as fast as you can: Sketchbook, Fine Marker Drawing, and the Essay are all past due. The essay and the marker drawing is deducted -5 with each week that they are late.

  • PRACTICE DRAWING WEEKLY IN YOUR SKETCHBOOK TO IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS
  • TURN YOUR HOMEWORK PAGES IN ON TIME
  • ATTEND CLASSES REGULARLY;  NCC ACCEPTS UP TO 6 ABSENTS, AFTER THAT IT IS UP TO THE PROFESSOR’S DIGRESSION TO PASS OR FAIL A STUDENT.
  • ARRIVE ON TIME AND STAY IN CLASS UNTIL DISMISSED
  • FOCUS WHILE IN CLASS; WORK HARD AND USE YOUR TIME WISELY
  • PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSIONS
  • BE A POSITIVE INFLUENCE IN ALL CLASSES
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Back to business. Tues. March 24

In class on Tuesday, we will finish the gray-scale value study. Be prepared to work hard in class. On Thursday, we will critique the Fine Marker Black and White drawings, the Gray Scale value study and as per every Thursday, your sketchbooks are due.

Spring reminds me of a favorite illustrator I love. Charlie Harper was such a designer, colorist and imaginative illustrator. He is worth a look up. https://charleyharperprints.com/

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March 12. Agenda

IMG_0342We return to the three-session gray scale study on March 12 and March 24. This is a large drawing on your Strathmore paper illustrating 4 shades of the gray scale: black, white, and two medium grays. It is also a study of a more complex compositional arrangement.

  • Continue with your sketchbook pages, due each week on Thursdays.
  • Essay-with each week the essay project is past due, your grade is deducted a half of a grade.

 

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