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ART 190 A: Introduction To Drawing

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Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 5:20pm
ART 301
Bryan Allen Robertson

Syllabus Description:

University of Washington - Autumn 2015 - Art 190

Class Time: Monday/Wednesday 2:30p-5:20p room 301

Instructor: Bryan Robertson

Office Hours: Monday 1:30pm-2:30pm by appointment only.



This class is an introduction to the formal principals of drawing from observation. Students will be introduced to artists in contemporary and historical practice who use these techniques. Students will gain knowledge of composition and format as it relates to the fundamentals of drawing. These fundamentals include line, contour, cross-contour, measurement, proportion, interval, movements, gestures, shapes (positive, negative/figure, ground), and space (atmospheric, and linear) that are used to make drawings. The students will use still life, outdoor spaces, interior spaces, and the human figure to gain command of these introductory principals.  


Course Regulations

-Class participation is an essential requirement for success in this course. Actively participating in class discussions and critiques are extremely important to  your learning experience. Your participation is the best way for me to             evaluate your interest and understanding of the concepts presented in class.

-You are responsible for getting missed assignments from your classmates.

-Within class time you should not wear headphones or do homework for other classes. Do not use your cellphone in class. That is what the class break is for.

-Missing assignments will adversely affect your final grade. Your Journal responses  and Homework drawings are 40 percent of your grade. While your portfolio  should represent your best drawings it is only 40 percent of your grade, and you cannot pass this class on it alone.



Grading Percentages

20% Participation in discussion and critiques

20% Journal response to weekly artists

20% Homework drawings done outside of class (appx. 10)

40% Portfolio (includes in class and HW drawings)


-This is a studio class, and is different from academic classes in the sense that there are no quizzes or tests.  Therefore it is impossible to cram for specific events, rather your success is built upon sustained effort that will produce a quality portfolio at the end of the quarter.  



Supplies (extra supplies may be added during the quarter as needed)

Newsprint Pad 18”x24”

Strathmore 400 Series Bristol pad 18”x24” Vellum

Strathmore 400 Series Drawing pad 18”x24”

Journal: Hardcover composition book

Drawing Board

Masking Tape

Xacto Knife

#8 Round Brush

Higgins Black India Ink (Non-Waterproof)

Winsor Newton Assorted Vine Charcoal

General’s Compressed Charcoal Stick

Generals Charcoal Pencils H, 2b, 6b

Mar Graphite Pencils 4h, hb, 2b, 6b

Mars Plastic Eraser

Pink Pearl Eraser

Kneaded Eraser



Glue Stick

Pencil Sharpener

Supply Pack Available at The Artist & Craftsmen Supply Store 4350 8th Avenue NE (206)-545-0091. Ask them for the supply pack for Bryan Robertson’s Art 190 class at the University of Washington.


Journal/Discussion Questions

The journal is meant for you to record your thoughts on the artists discussed each week as well as on the specific questions surrounding each week’s techniques. These questions will be discussed in class and will be posted on Canvas. This is the discussion portion of the Canvas website all responses should be posted by Midnight on Sunday. Your actual hardcover sketchbook will be used to do sketches of the homework assignments before you make your final drawing. 



We will have a portfolio review around midterms and at finals. The portfolio should consist of your best drawings and be presented in a clean and well-ordered manner. It should contain drawings from both the homework assignments and the in class work and should total 10 drawings that you believe are your best. Your portfolio should include examples of all the topics discussed in class.




There will be weekly homework assignments of representational drawing done specifically on the Strathmore 400 series Bristol Pad Vellum 19”x24.”  Additionally you will be responsible for thumbnail sketches of your homework and responses to the discussion questions in your journal.



Artist Research

The artist research is meant to engage you with the work being done by historical and contemporary artists working in the topics we will discuss in class. Internet links are provided as a starting point for your research in the artists of each week. Your response to the work of the artists should be recorded in your journal and is part of your journal grade. These responses should include brief biographical data, but should mainly be your reaction to the artwork. If you liked it tell me why you liked it, if you hated it tell me why you hated it.

4 (A) Excellent Work that exceeds the requirements of the assignment and performance expectation of the class.
3 (B) Above average work that demonstrates a thorough understanding of the assignment, with enthusiastic participation in the class.
2 (C) Average work that meets the minimum course requirements.
1 (D) Below average work with minimal involvement in the class.
0 (F) Failure to accomplish the requirements of the assignment.

Catalog Description: 
Builds basic drawing skills, develops understanding of primary concepts which relate to drawing and develops an understanding of the grammar or syntax of two-dimensional language. Students move beyond their current knowledge and abilities and link new skills, concepts, and understandings to creative expressing.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:20pm