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ART 190 B: Introduction To Drawing

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 2:20pm
ART 301

Syllabus Description:


Art 190 Intro to Drawing


TTh 11:30-2:20 Room 301


Instructors' Information


Ms. Allison Nill

Office: Art Building 319

By appointment on Tuesday (from 2:30 to 3:30p.m.)


School of Art Building Hours

Mon-Thu 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Fri 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sat 1:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sun 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Course Overview

To introduce the beginning student to drawing, developing the formal qualities of drawing and its concepts.  The student will draw from the model, still life and other sources and will learn:

  • basic observation methods and skills
  • basic drawing elements: line, shape, perspective
  • perspectives and space relationships: form, mass, texture, value & volume 
  • composition and space arrangement     
  • proportional relationships and measurements 


Course Regulations


  • Participation in the class is one of the essential requirements for the course. Active involvement in class critiques and discussions will reflect the student's understanding of course materials, and receiving feedback from the instructor as
well as from classmates will be crucial for every student's learning in the class.
  • You are responsible for getting information and assignments you missed from your classmates.

  • Within the class time in the classroom, you should not wear headphones, or do homework for other classes. Please turn off all your electronic devices (cell phone, IPod, etc.).

  • Each week and each class, assignments, or parts of assignments, will be due. Expect approximately 10 to 15 hours of homework a week, or 2 hours per weekday outside of the class.
  • The instructor only grades classroom assignments which are supervised by the instructor in the classroom, and homework that is given by the instructor.
  • Missing assignments will adversely affect your final grade. Missing one assignment will cut one letter grade off your final grade. Late work will result in lowered grades (at least one letter grade, e.g. from A to B, or from 3.8 to 2.8).




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.


Grading Criteria


All work for this class should be approached with a high degree of professionalism. Attendance is required for all class sessions. If you miss a class for any reason, it is your responsibility to contact fellow classmates to make up the work. Please make every effort to be on time. Arriving late is seen as a lack of interest and a sign of disrespect for your colleagues. Work that is not ready at the beginning of class will not be critiqued. Late work is heavily discouraged and will not be accepted without prior permission. Grading is based on the quality of your work during the quarter (both visually and conceptually); on your drawing process (the extent of exploration and variation throughout each project) and on participation in group discussions and critiques. Please note: there will be no opportunity for revisions on any projects this quarter.


A 3.8–4.0 is given to a student who has exhibited the highest possible performance in all aspects of the course—final projects, the drawing process and participation are excellent. This student independently seeks out additional information on drawing and is highly committed/passionate about their work.


A 3.4–3.7 is given to a student who exhibits superior performance in all aspects of the course—the final projects, drawing process, and participation are uniformly of high quality. This student has a thorough understanding of all concepts presented, and is motivated to improve and succeed.


A 2.9–3.3 is given to a student who has good performance in most aspects of the course. This student follows a thorough design process, has good drawing work, and consistent participation that reflects a clear understanding of almost all concepts being presented.


A 2.5–2.8 is given to a student who has fair performance in the course. The final work is adequate, with a drawing process that reflects the minimum needed to complete assignments. Participation and motivation are moderate.


A 0.0–2.4 is given to a student with poor performance in the course. Projects are incorrectly prepared, incomplete or missing. This student does not understand the majority of concepts presented and rarely participates in class. This student is not prepared for subsequent courses in drawing.


Assignments Summary


  • Assignment 1 Contour & Silhouette-Figure & Ground
  • Assignment 2 Perspective-Eye levels-Line Drawings
  • Assignment 3 Lines-Shadows/Negative Space-Full Range Value
  • Final Assignment-Research Artists/Copy and create your own self portrait      


(See Canvas for complete Assignment Summaries)


Final Critique & Portfolio


1) There are no specific written exams. The presentation of a portfolio, handing in the final assignment, and the final critique function as the final. During the scheduled final of the course, the instructor will give the final critique. Everyone must attend the scheduled final in person; failure to do so will result in receiving an F for the course. The schedule is posted on the UW website at

2) At the end of the quarter, submit a portfolio of all work and only work for this course. In the portfolio, clearly write your name, course number, and project name on the back of each of your pieces. And put work in chronological order, from first project to last.

3) Due date: Complete portfolios are due at the beginning of the last class of the quarter. Late portfolio will result in course failure.



There is no specific text for this class; however, there will be books placed on reserve in the library from which individual references will be suggested to students.


Suggested Text: Artistic Anatomy by Paul Richer


Disability Accommodation

To request academic accommodation due to disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, (206) 543-3924 (V/TTY). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating that you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to me so we can discuss the accommodations you might need in this class.


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Art Supply Stores

Artist & Craftsman Supply – 4350 8th Avenue NE    (206) 545-0091

Blick Art Materials – 1600 Broadway Avenue            (206) 324-0750

Dakota Art Store – 6110 Roosevelt Way NE             (206) 523-4830

Daniel Smith  – 4150 1st Avenue                              (206) 223-9599

University Bookstore  – 4326 University Way NE     (206) 634-3400


Art Supplies

The following items are needed immediately to be used for the first few class periods:

- 1 Kneaded Eraser (large)

- 1 Staedtler Mars White Plastic Eraser 

- 1 Large can of workable fixative 

- 1 Newsprint Drawing Pad 18”x24”

- 1 Drawing Paper Pad 18"x24" 

- 1 roll 1" wide masking tape

- 1 bag of assorted charcoal from Artist & Craftsman Supply

- 12 pack conte pastel sticks


Your personal items/work

All personal property will be removed on the last day of finals week each quarter

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: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:12pm