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ART 1045 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

ART 1045 - Drawing 1

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

Fundamental aspects of drawing including line, tone, space, form and composition utilizing a variety of media. Emphasis placed on development of observational skills and perception of reality. F, S As needed. (T) 2 hours lecture/4 hours studio

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

A. Demonstrate understanding of mark and line quality in relation to description of space, expression, visual hierarchy through use of contour drawing in a variety of mediums.

B. Employ the technique of gesture drawing to generate composition, communicate posture and movement, and develop sketching practice.

C. Manipulate various media to create value through methods of cross-hatching, shading, ink wash, and reductive techniques.

D. Create the illusion of form and mass through manipulation of value in a variety of mediums.

E. Create the illusion of man-made and organic texture and pattern through the use of value and mark, in a variety of mediums.

F. Create compositionally balanced works of drawing, in a variety of media.

G. Create a representational illusion of space, form and light from direct observation in a work of drawing.

H. Apply the principles of linear perspective to representing objects in a work of drawing.

I. Describe formal elements in a work of drawing, utilizing correct terminology.

J. Critique the relative strengths and weaknesses in their own and others’ drawings, using correct terminology.

K. Combine elements of line, shape, space, value, and texture to express artistic intention in a focused work of drawing.

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:
Course Topics:
  • An introduction to the history of drawing as a sketching practice, and as independent works of art.
  • Drawing from observation and the stylistic differences representational expressive, and abstract drawing.
  • Discussion of the qualities of a “successful” drawing.
  • Connecting objective and subjective measures, expression of correct vocabulary and constructive criticism.
  • The effect of markmaking and gesture in building a drawing.
  • The effect and use of line: creating “confident” lines, and the use of line and gesture as a way to connect the eye to the hand while drawing.
  • Exploration of a variety of drawing materials: differentiating strengths and weaknesses of each material, and creating desired effects from each material.
  • Qualities of a strong composition, and how to develop a strong composition.
  • Translation of three dimensional objects to the picture plane: various ways to express depth, form and volume.
  • Creation of pattern and texture incorporated with volume and form.
  • Depicting light and form through value and proportion.
  • Principles and execution of linear perspective.
  • Development of a sketchbook practice: iteration and thumbnails.
  • Research in creating a drawing: introduction to conceptual practices and expression of an artistic purpose.
  • Introduction to historical and contemporary artists.
Specific Course Requirements:

You will need access to a digital camera, in order to photograph your work to post online. The camera on our phone is sufficient, guidelines for photographing work will be posted in the “Getting Started” module of this course. Most drawings will be drawn from observation of subjects readily available in your home and surroundings. You may need to gather materials or work from a site outside your home in some cases. Specific, but adaptable guidelines will be given for specific assignments.

There is no textbook for this course. Readings, videos or other demos will be posted by the instructor. Your supplies are considered your required materials.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Mandatory Supplies: Items can be purchased from Blick Art Supply ( Prices listed are subject to change.  Prices list as of 2019. 

1 box (12 sticks)Alphacolor Char-Kole$7.45$7.45
2 sets of 4Derwent Graphic Pencils Soft (6B, 4B, 2B, HB)$5.80$11.60
2 pkgs. of 2Ebony Pencils$1.84$3.68
2Stadler Mars Plastic Eraser$1.49$2.98
2Design Kneaded Eraser$1.05$2.10
1Retractable Stick Eraser$2.88$2.88
1Set of 12 Assorted Drawing Stumps$3.92$3.92
1 pkg. of 2Sharpie Fine Tip Marker$1.99$1.99
2No. 3 Bulldog Clip$.77$1.54
1Pencil Sharpener$4.94$4.94
1Drawing Board with Clips 18” x18"$12.90$12.90
2Strathmore 300 Drawing Pad, 50 sheets$11.06$22.12
1Canson Sketch 12”x 9”, 100 sheets$9.20$9.20
124” Straight Edge Ruler$10.25$10.25
 Total (before tax and shipping) $97.55

You will also need something to store and carry your drawing tools. There are multiple options for this, either on the site, the local hardware store, or perhaps something you already own. What you use is up to your discretion, but you should have something that makes it easy to protect your tools and carry them with you easily.

You may want some sort of smock or apron, depending on where and when you draw. Drawing can be messy—either wear clothes that are appropriate to this, or have an apron or smock to protect your clothes.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Grading Procedures:

Letter grades for this course will be assigned based on the following scale.

Point RangeAssigned Grade

900 - 1000 Points

Exemplary performance: thoughtful and thorough responses in discussions; demonstration of a comprehensive understanding of the subject, both in concept and execution, excellent demonstration of skills and growth.


800 - 899 Points

Very good performance: thoughtful and thorough responses in discussions, demonstration of a comprehensive understanding of the subject, both in concept and execution, very good demonstration of skills and growth


700 – 799 Points

Good performance: somewhat thoughtful and/or thorough responses in discussions, demonstration of an adequate understanding of the subject, both in concept and execution, very good demonstration of skills and growth


600 - 699 Points

Below average performance: brief and/or unconstructive responses in discussions, little demonstration of understanding of the subject, either in concept and execution, little demonstration of skills and growth


Under 600 Points

Poor performance: little or no responses in discussions, very little demonstration of understanding of the subject, both in concept and execution, very little demonstration of skills and growth


Graded Items

4 Getting Started Assignments @ 5 points each20
12 Sketchbook Assignments @ 10 points each, lowest score dropped120
8 Assignments @ 30 points each, lowest score dropped240
4 Discussions (Modules 1-4) @70 points each, lowest dropped210
4 Discussions (Modules 5-8) @150 points each, lowest dropped450
Total Points1000


Grading Scale:
Assignments and Projects:

Your assessment for this class is based on your execution of the assigned drawings, contribution to your sketchbook, and your engagement with the material and your peers through discussion.

Each assignment will be accompanied by specific demonstration and grading rubric. In all cases, an enthusiastic attitude and dedication to the subject at hand will be rewarded, with an emphasis on growth and challenge sought.

Getting Started:

The first module is designed to get you familiar with the course, and to give you time to procure your supplies. Make sure to complete this as soon as possible, as you cannot be marked as attending until these assignments are complete. There are 4 assignments, each worth 5 points.

Sketchbook Assignments:

Modules 1-4 each have one sketchbook assignment. Modules 5-8 each have 2 sketchbook assignments. Sketchbook assignments are the initial building blocks for each module, or are preparatory sketches for longer drawings in the module. Sketchbook assignments are worth 10 points each, and your lowest scoring assignment will be dropped from your final grade.


Assignments are preliminary exercises for each module. These exercises are graded on completion and execution. Assignments are worth 30 points each. Your lowest scoring assignment will be dropped from your final grade.

Discussions (Modules 1-4):

In the first 4 modules, the discussions are the most in-depth of the assigned work, but are still primarily exercises to get you familiar with specific techniques and vocabulary. They are also a way to begin learning to discuss your artwork and the artwork of your peers. These exercises are graded on completion, execution, and depth of investigation. You are also graded on your response to your peers. You are required to respond to 4 peers, using appropriate vocabulary and responding to the posted discussion points. Discussions for modules 1-4 are worth 70 points each. Your lowest scoring discussion from module 1-4 will be dropped from your final grade.

Discussions (Modules 5-8):

In the second 4 modules, the discussions are the most in-depth of the assigned work, and are designed to be more complete, fully executed drawings, combining the skills from the module, as well as combining the techniques demonstrated individually in modules 1-4. These exercises are graded on completion, execution, and depth of investigation. You are also graded on your response to your peers. You are required to respond to 4 peers, using appropriate vocabulary and responding to the posted discussion points. Discussions for modules 5-8 are worth 150 points each. Your lowest scoring discussion from module 5-8 will be dropped from your final grade.

Class Participation:

You are required to read and/or view all posted demonstrations, project descriptions, and guidelines. As noted above, in addition to making your work, you are expected to engage with your peers and respond to their work as well, engaging in the practice of constructive criticism. While we are learning to use tools to create drawings, we will also be learning to the language to effective discuss and evaluate those drawings. The discussion sessions are essential to this process.

An enthusiastic, engaged, and positive attitude is expected. Art making is often challenging, and at times can be stressful. In the case of drawing, diligence is often required to obtain desired result, and can require patience and perseverance. Greeting these challenges head on will help you achieve the result you desire, adapt to results that differ from your expectations, and will be rewarded in your evaluation.

Any questions or concerns should be communicated with the instructor via email.

Late Policy:

No late work will be accepted. However, drawing is a process much like exercise or meditation. In keeping with this philosophy, sketchbook assignments and assignments may be re-submitted over the course of the semester, as long as some version of the assignment was submitted at the initial deadline. Discussion assignments may not be resubmitted. Deadlines for re-submissions will be posted in the calendar.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on August 11, 2020