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COMMUNICATION ARTS: Graphic Design + Digital Arts-Illustration
“Where students discover the importance and the power of ideas”

CMDN DAVD 1101 - Drawing Lab 1: Figure  Fall 2016 Tues/Thurs 2pm-4.45pm  Tishman Rm 236
Professor: Geoffrey Laurence

Office Hours: 1pm-2pm Tues/Thurs
OR by pre-arranged appointment  505-473-6071

COURSE DESCRIPTION This course focuses on building fundamental drawing skills that will be the foundation for visual development & illustration communication. We will emphasize the development of perceptual and technical skills in order to connect seeing and making. The course incorporates a variety of materials and subjects with special emphasis on the figure and gesture.
Prerequisites: None

CMDN and DAVD Program Technology Policies:
Use of Unauthorized Electronic Devices in the Classroom
The University views the use of electronic devices to be potentially detrimental to the educational environment.  Therefore, the use of electronic devices is prohibited in university classrooms unless, as determined by the course instructor, their use is necessary for the educational experience of students.  Electronic devices include but are not limited to the following: cellular phones, tablets, MP3 players, camera/video equipment, and laptop computers.

Procedure: Failing to adhere to this policy subject the student to the following sanctions:

1. First Infraction - student will receive a warning.
2. Second Infraction (at the discretion of the instructor) - may result in the following:
    a. Dismissal from the classroom for that class session;
    b. Designation as an unexcused absence for that session; and/or
    c. Reduction in the course participation grade, if any, for that class;
    d. Reduced grades on all coursework completed/due during that class session.
3. Subsequent infractions may result in:
    a. Dismissal from additional class sessions and the resulting consequences mentioned above;
    b. Further reductions in the participation grade, if any, for the course;
    c. Reduced grades on coursework completed/due during sessions from which the student was dismissed.
4. Habitual infractions will result in the student being administratively dropped and assigned a failing grade for the course. Determination of the habitualness of infractions is at the sole discretion of the course instructor but this determination must be thoroughly documented.

Class General Objectives:

Develop and demonstrate proficiency in visualizing sketches of the figure for graphic representation and develop perceptual and general drawing skills

Outcome Objectives:
Upon the completion of this class you should be able to:
Become familiar with quickly capturing the gesture and pose of the model
Draw the figure using a variety of media and techniques
Understand the volume and weight of the figure in space
Understand the use of tone to convincingly draw the figure in 3 dimensions
Understand the fundamental properties of drapery in relation to the figure
Introductory knowledge of perspective/ foreshortening

Major Lecture and Assignment Topics

Aug 30/Sept1      blind contour / fast gesture
Sept 6/8                Volume/Gesture – Side and Tip, Black paper cutouts.
Sept 13/15            Volume +Contour – expressing weight, curved/straight lines
Sept 20/22           Texture – the 5 marks
Sept 27/29            Flat sight drawing – Measuring
Oct 4/6                  Plumbline + measuring
Oct 11/13              Squaring up from photos/multi figure composition from drawing
Oct 18/20              Tone/ hatching – no outlines
Oct 25/27              Erasing out of black
Nov 1/3                  Black/White acrylic drawing
Nov 8/10                Moving figure
Nov 15/17              Drawing from memory
Nov 22                   Fabric/costume – drape
Nov 24                   NO CLASS -Thanksgiving
Nov 29/Dec1         fabric/costume – folds
Dec 6/8                 Foreshortening/perspective
Dec 13/15             Long poses

Instructional Methods and Techniques:
The class will consist of short and longer poses, using both male and female models. Using a variety of materials and techniques, you will explore the possibilities of communication through drawing of the human figure.

Assignments: (subject to change)
I will be setting some assignments to be completed outside of class, usually based on whatever you have been doing in class that week so please provide space in your week for approximately three-four hours of homework time, at a minimum. Not doing the homework assignments will affect your grade and general progress and they will generally be due by the following week unless specified. Late work will be noted as late. (See grading)

Semester Dates:
Fall Session 2016

  • August 29 Fall semester and fall mini-term I begins; add/drop period begins
  • September 5 Labor Day; university closed; no classes
  • September 23 Last day to change from credit to audit for fall semester classes
  • October 17-21 Fall semester midterm exams
  • October 26 Midterm grades due
  • October 28 Midterm grades put on student LCP
  • October 28 Graduation applications due for May 2017 degree candidates
  • November 11 Last day to withdraw with “W” on transcripts for fall semester
  • November 11 Last day to change from letter grade course to pass/fail for fall semester
  • November 14 Spring registration begins
  • November 23 Thanksgiving Eve Day; no classes
  • November 24-25 Thanksgiving holiday; university closed; no classes
  • December 12-16 Final exams
  • December 16 Fall semester ends
  • December 21 Fall semester grades due
  • December 26 Christmas Day observed; university closed

Spring Session 2017

  • January 11 New student orientation begins
  • January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday; university closed; no classes
  • January 17 Spring semester and spring mini-term I begins; add/drop period begins


Class participation  This includes attendance and being focused and prepared for class and arriving on time.  Thoughtful participation in class discussion and critiques.  Following studio rules.

Drawing in class and assignments Excellent work does not always mean “successful” on the first try.  But excellent always means application and creative risking e.g: the creative envelope is pushed and effort is made.  ‘Excellent’ also demonstrates an understanding of the concepts and drawing techniques involved.  Excellence requires full engagement with the task and ability to step boldly into unfamiliar territory.  Generally I look for qualitative student growth and consistent excellence in the handling of assignments for an “A” grade.

Your drawings done for this course, will be evaluated individually, and/or as a portfolio based on: 
Creative, explorative approach
Demonstrated understanding of the subject and competent handling of the assignments
Craft (the material care, handling, and presentation of your work)
Evident engagement of difficult or unfamiliar aspects of assignments
Assignments done by due-date

General Grading scale:
I will be grading your final portfolios on an individual basis and my knowledge of your performance in class during the course but as a general guide:

Class participation:  15%  
Assignments: 25%      
Portfolio: 60% 

Class Policies & other key information:

This class will meet two times per week @ 3 hours per class, a grand total of 6 hours per week. You should expect and plan on spending approximately 3-4 hours a week outside of class-time on project assignments for this course.

Communication Arts Attendance Policy (Excellent attendance is expected and required)
Since this is a mandatory class, 100% class attendance is required. Students arriving to class more than 10 minutes late will be marked absent. Four late arrivals will equal one absence. Please do not be late to class.
• 2 Consecutive Absences –Early Alert Notice is sent to the Director of Academic Advising
• 3 Absences – is the maximum number of acceptable absences
• 4 or more Absences – the student will receive a full letter grade drop and/or a failing final grade (F) for the semester
Generally speaking according to university and program policy stated within the student handbook, more than (3) three absences may result (with faculty discretion) in not receiving credit for a class and is the maximum number of absences allowed after which the fourth absence will reduce the final average by one letter grade and the fifth absence will result in failing the class.

Missing a class is not an excuse for missing an assignment deadline. If you miss a class, please ask a fellow student to fill you in on what was discussed and if any new projects were assigned.
• Only three (3) total absences are available for this course after which additional absences (according to individual faculty discretion) will seriously affect your grade or lead to failing the class. It is highly recommended that you should not use these absences unless absolutely necessary.
• Arriving late (tardy) after attendance is taken and or leaving before a class completion for more than three times or more, will count as an absence. Each group of four tardies or early departures will count as an additional absence and be considered in a faculty initiated or administrative drop from the class.
• Two consecutive absences will result in an Early Alert notification w/ Academic Advisor Charlie Miu

If you are absent, please refer to the class calendar/schedule so as to be prepared with all work upon your return and contact a student in the class to determine if there was any scheduling changes or any missed content that you need to be prepared for upon your return.

NOTE: While the University does not differentiate between an excused or unexcused absences for matters of official record keeping especially for students receiving federal loans, individual instructors in the Communication Design and Digital Arts-Illustration programs have the discretion to consider allowing for excused absences that will require documentation & verification from each student seeking an excused classification.
• However, due to the unique circumstances of some courses: special content, lab activity, daily in class graded tasks or assignments or when classes meet only one time per week, faculty members may choose not to differentiate between an excused or unexcused absence and count all absences as equal.

For those classes in which a faculty member chooses to offer an excused option for absences please refer to the following:
• An Excused Absence is defined as: a clearly documented absence: death in the immediate family: mother, father, brother, sister, grandmother, grandfather, aunt or uncle. A funeral notice and or obituary are the appropriate documentation to bring as documentation for an excused absence.
• An unexpected accident or court appointment of which there is a documented police report offering names and dates of the accident or court document with appropriate dates of the court meeting.
• A Medical excuse from a nurse, doctor or clinic’s signed and dated document offering the clinic, doctor or nurse name, contact info, date of visitation in which the student was notified to stay home, miss class to get well before returning to class or work.
• A Documented (pre-arranged and approved) business conference, activity or travel, or field trip in another SFUAD class. You are required to notify me to pre-arrange these activities that will affect your attendance.
o NOTE: All documents for excused absences must be brought and presented to the professor at the class in which the student returns from the absence. If documentation is not presented then this absence will count as an absence.

An Unexcused absence is defined as: any undocumented absence resulting from a vacation, wedding, family activity, hunting or any other activity that could have been planned for at a time that would not affect attendance in the class.

This class will offer excused absences.

• NOTE: If you arrive late after class sign-in time, you will need to sign your name and arrival time at the end of class or you will be considered absent. This MUST be done by the end of class of the day you arrived late. You will not be allowed to sign in at a later date or class meeting.

• Late Work Policy: All assignments are due on the day & time given, at the very beginning of class unless otherwise noted. A late accommodation is given only with the understanding that emergencies & unforeseen circumstances occasionally arise but notice must be given before the beginning of the class in which it is due. In other words email me as soon as possible. A late project must be turned in by the following class & penalties will be determined and accessed by reason for delay.

Attendance is very important for the class, as you will be working with new and somewhat difficult concepts and methodologies. This is not an independent continuing education course. If you believe that you will need to miss four or more sessions during this 32-session class, you might want to consider taking the course during a different semester when you are able to focus and be in attendance.

If you are absent, please refer to the class calendar/schedule so as to be prepared with all work upon your return and contact a student in the class to determine if there was any scheduling changes or any missed content that you need to be prepared for upon your return.

• Testing (There may be some quizzes and or tests.) Your professor will provide you with advanced verbal or written notice as to when a quiz or test will be given.

• Incomplete grade policy (as a general rule, a grade of incomplete will only be offered to students who have completed at least 80% of course work but are unable to complete the course on time due to dire circumstances (e.g., car accident, death in family, severe illness, etc.) An incomplete can be offered by the professor or requested by a student and both parties must determine the details, sign and file a document with the department coordinator that clearly defines the parameters and dates of the incomplete.

• Plagiarism and cheating (refer to SFUAD Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook)

• Classroom etiquette/behavioral expectations (Because of the comprehensive nature of classroom lectures and studio work, technological devices such as cell phones, iPods or MP3 players, text messaging and or computer activities will not be allowed unless specifically assigned and or relevant to class activities.)

• Weather alert: In the event our course is cancelled due to weather you will be notified via email as to what to bring to class and any schedule changes as a result of weather or natural disaster cancellations.

No audio or visual recording of any kind is permitted during classes, unless it is with the express permission from the faculty member and every student in the room agrees.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Santa Fe University of Art and Design makes every effort to provide appropriate accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Students may receive these accommodations if they contact their professor and register with the Director of Academic Advising and Resource Center: 505.473.6713. Charlie.miu(at)santafeuniversity.edu

ETHICS/ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Santa Fe University of Art and Design values academic integrity
It is the policy of our university to foster creative and academic work that is both original and based on fundamental principles of academic integrity. If a student’s writing or other creative projects use the work of someone else, that use must be formally acknowledged. When taking information or quotes from other authors and incorporating that material into a writing assignment, students must acknowledge the source and authorship of the material they borrow by properly citing it using Modern Language Association (MLA) standards. Similarly, when students’ creative projects incorporate other artists’ ideas, or any visual, electronic, audio, or other creative content, they must acknowledge and give credit to those artists according to discipline-specific guidelines. It is the responsibility of the student to understand and adhere to this university policy, follow prescribed guidelines, and understand the consequences of violating the policy. Enrollment in this university assumes a commitment to upholding the principles of academic integrity. The complete policy on academic integrity, including penalties for violations of policy and processes for appeal, is available for review in the Student Handbook and Academic Catalog.

If an emergency arises in which class must be cancelled, a note will be posted on the classroom door informing students of the cancellation and related information. If a cancellation notice is not posted, students are expected to remain in the classroom until dismissed by a University representative. In the event of severe weather, students should listen to local radio/television announcements for information or check www.santafeuniversity.edu
If the University is open, students are expected to attend class.

No food allowed in classrooms or the computer labs.
Beverages must be in sealable cups or containers
No cell phones/texting/virtual communication in critique or technology labs during class time



Class Supply List:  Students are expected to purchase these items

These are ALL essential and I expect you to have them for the course. Please bring drawing pads, pencils and charcoal, drawing board and portfolio to the first session. Please make sure your name is on all of them. The prices shown below are for Artisans store on Cerrillos Rd. They have whole kits ready and available for you – ask for Michael. You get 10% off if you show your student ID at checkout.

You will also need a measuring stick and plumb line – I will show you how to make them in class.


  • Drawing Paper Pad    24”X18” Strathmore 300                                                       $15.12
  • Newsprint pad    24”X18”50 Sheets                                                                                  $  9.77
  • 23” X 26 ” Drawing board and Clips (boards available in studio are too large)       $15.00
    Or use a piece of 23”X26” Masonite or Plywood
  • Vine/Willow Charcoal - medium/soft (NOT COMPRESSED) Art Alternatives or Grumbacher        two thicknesses - 4-6mm and 12-15mm diameter or Jumbo                                   $1.99/ $  3.40
  • Pencils HB and 2B                                 $2 each                                                 $  4.00
  • Pencil sharpener or craft knife - to sharpen pencils with                                           $  1.04
  • Fine Sand paper sheet or Emery board nail files or Sandpaper Pencil Pointer block      $  1.89 
  • Erasers: Kneaded and hard erasers pink pearl and plastic –you need all three $1.20 / 91¢ / 99¢
  • Chamois leather (Artisans) OR old abandoned sock/tshirt scrap to erase charcoal.       $ 3.39
  • Fixative spray -  Grumbacher Matte Final ( NOT ‘workable’)                                     $ 9.71
  • 1 or 2 sheets of Black craft paper Coralline 19”X25”                                                           $ 1.52
  • White acrylic paint – 120 ml tube                                                                           $5.44
  • Black acrylic paint  - 200ml                                                                                 $8.79
  • Cheap bristle or synthetic .5 inch width paintbrush  ‘Snap brand’ or other                   $ 4.49
  • Tearoff Paper Palette or paper or ceramic plate etc to mix paint on
  • Throwaway 2” bristle brush                                                                                  $ 2.79
  • Foamcore Board 24”X18” ¼”                                                                               $2.98
  • Cardboard portfolio – you must have a portfolio to keep your drawings in                   $ 7.98

TOTAL COST                          $99.37                                                                                                                        

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