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ART 390 A: Intermediate Drawing

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Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 5:20pm
ART 325
Krista Schoening
Krista Schoening

Syllabus Description:

Art 390 Intermediate Drawing

Spring 2019, Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-5:20

Art Building 325

Instructor: Krista Schoening


Office Hours: 5:30-6:00 PM, Monday and Wednesday, or by appointment




This class will use drawing from observation as its foundation. Together we will explore a variety of conceptual and technical frameworks that can be used when making observational drawings, and we will consider the ways in which our results vary depending upon the ideas we bring to our drawing practice. Much of the course will focus on the human body as a source of artistic inspiration, and drawing from a nude model is a requirement of this course. Occasional PowerPoint lectures will supplement our studio practice by giving art historical and theoretical context. Through a series of out-of-class assignments, students will develop an increasingly independent drawing practice grounded in their own interests.

Class Policies

Technology: Students are expected to adhere to a strict policy of no devices (phones, ear buds, etc) in the classroom during class (you may use your devices in the hallway on breaks). If you must take a phone call, set your phone to vibrate and leave the room to answer it.

Accommodation of Life’s Challenges: If you have a dire circumstance that necessitates your absence from class, please write to the instructor in advance to arrange a way to make up for your absence. Students whose family circumstances or housing status make regular participation difficult, please see the instructor to discuss coping strategies.

Your personal items/work: Please remove your personal belongings from the classroom at the end of each class. Lockers are available for rent on a per quarter basis. See the art office downstairs for details.


Final grade breakdown:

Participation: 50%

Midterm Review: 25%

Final: 25%


In-Class Assignments: There will be daily and sometimes weekly assignments to complete in class. Because we are working with models, you will not be able to easily make up missed in-class assignments. Because of this, being on time and participating in all studio sessions is extremely important. Your in-class assignments will be part of your mid-term and final portfolios, so missing class impacts your grade in more than one way.


Homework Assignments: A weekly homework assignment will be given on Wednesday during class – do not email the instructor to ask about the assignment if you are absent from class without an excuse. Students are expected to spend at least six hours on these assignments. Most homework is to be completed in your sketch book, and will be accompanied by a short written reflection on the facing page.


Midterm review and final: For your mid-term review and final, you will submit drawings to the instructor and have a short, one-on-one critique with the instructor. Digital images of your submission, accompanied by a one-page written reflection on your drawings, will be due via Canvas on the Sunday previous to your review at 11:59 PM. You must bring the actual drawings to the review. Students will be graded on the completeness of their submissions, the quality of their drawings (engagement with the concepts, evidence of appropriate effort expended, and thoughtfulness of marginal notes on homework) and their ability to articulate their thoughts about the drawings in conversation with the instructor. Degree of student progress over the course of the class will be taken into consideration during the final.

Supply list


1 Large (18” x 24”) Strathmore Drawing pad (regular or recycled paper)

1 Large newsprint pad

1 Sketchbook (at least 8.5” x 11”)

1 pencil sharpener (not electric)

2B pencils, several

kneaded eraser

white plastic eraser

Vine charcoal

Drawing board or half-sheet of thick foam core cut just larger than your drawing pad, and bulldog clips

Any additional mark-making tools that you prefer

Ink or water-based paint (any color, non-toxic pigments only)







Feel free to try:

Other types of paper (colorful paper, watercolor paper, scrap paper, etc)

Compressed charcoal

Chalk pencils, colored pencils, or other materials you are excited about using


Equal Opportunity: The School of Art, Art History + Design reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam veteran in accordance with UW policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations.

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.

Health and Safety: Please keep the room solvent free. Fixative sprays are toxic and may only be used in the spray booth located on the third floor that has adequate ventilation. When using the spray booth, please follow all instructions and policies enforced there. 

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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

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

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

School of Art Building Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. every day


Catalog Description: 
Prerequisite: ART 290.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:11pm