Weekend to-do PROJECT [portfolio grade] for Monday, April 27

Weekend to-do PROJECT [portfolio grade] for Monday, April 27

Three Drawings. These are drawing projects not just drawing studies.

  • Choose ONE image from below. It will be used for all three drawings.
  • Print out.
  • Consider creating light grid that you can erase (don’t fold paper you will draw on)
  • Do not fold paper to transport to class; paper should remain uncreased and not be torn.
  • Bring to class Monday.

DRAWING 1: Cross Contour Drawing Composition

  1. Pen, charcoal pencil or ink
  2. Minimum size, sketchbook
  3. Approximately 45 minutes to 2 hours

DRAWING 2: Negative Space Composition

  1. Charcoal or ink
  2. Minimum size, sketchbook
  3. Approximate 20-40 minutes

DRAWING 3: Value, Volume, Shadow and Light Composition

  1. Charcoal
  2. Minimum size, sketchbook
  3. Approximate 2-3 hours

On Monday, we will be doing a final project drawing; Wednesday we will critique and then draw. Class Exam based on textbook Ch 1-6 will be Monday, May 4.

These are our last three classes, do not be absent.

Chose ONE (only) to use for the above three drawings

unnamed-16 unnamed-9  unnamed-8unnamed-10 unnamed-11 unnamed-12 unnamed-13 unnamed-14 unnamed-15 unnamed-9 unnamed-10  unnamed-11  unnamed-17unnamed-12 unnamed-8

Spring Break to-do [prior to Monday, Mar 23]

WATCH– PERSPECTIVE before Monday. The video is short and a very good explanation with accompanying images.

Campanion textbook video (9.5 minutes) on PERSPECTIVE.

READ–Chapter 6. Space (get through Circles and Cylinders in Perspective)

  • Actual and Illusionistic Space in Drawing
  • Figure/Ground Relationships
  • Overlapping, Comparison of Size, and Placement to Show Space
  • Showing Space with Linear Perspective
  • Circles and Cylinders in Perspective

REVIEW–Light + Shadow (9.5 minutes)

Based on our egg drawings, I would like you to also review the light and shadow video (also about 9 minutes)


WEEKend 5 – reading, drawing and to bring

charcoal DRAW-forty to fifty minute ghost drawing working back and forth between gesture, smear, gesture, smear, erase, gesture, smear, etc. Set up your own themed still life (be sure to use three dimensional objects…a comb isn’t going to work very well, a brush and rolls of toilette paper might be great). Between each smear evaluate what is off in the drawing–closeness of objects, height, width, etc (studying the negative space between items from the still life will help you see misrepresentation in terms of scale, location, and three dimensionality in your drawing). Each successive drawing should be more actuate in terms of relational scale, orientation, and positioning of objects. Take your time…but draw loosely (gesture). It will be very evident if you try to shortcut (time) the process.

Here is a sample of this method applied to a self portrait

ghost drawing in process (gesture, smear, gesture, erase, repeat)

Here it is almost complete gesture ghost drawing (gesture, smear, gesture, smear, erase, gesture)

Here is a whole set of student still life ghost drawing samples LINK and LINK and LINK

TEXT-read chapter 4: value

BRING-RAG, charcoal, white EGGS, GUM ERASER, clips and such.

value and the 6 types of light


value and light

value and light

value, grayscale, light and eggs

WeekEnd 3 to do [in prep for 2/2]

TEXT – Finish reading chapter 3 on LINE (review GESTURE)

DRAWING in sketchbook—Take your time without being tight

  1. Head + shoulder blind contour self portrait with multi-penciled (30+) – use dramatic light. Tape two or three pencils together; Make 2 drawings; submit the best of two (each ~30 minute)
  2. Take a line for a walk out in a public space via single tool-pen or sharpie. (30 minutes+; don’t rush; it is like a blind contour but following various objects and structures around the room…its as though you are taking a line for a walk and it is carefully sniffing its way along a series of contours from point a to b)

PREPARE – bring all drawing tools, tape, etc, rubber bands or twisty ties, as always sketchbook, homework drawings. Dress in solid colors, preferable not black. Personally, I recommend picking up a 2×3 pad of newsprint…~7-12 bucks.

THIS WEEKEND bring your TT ID and get in free. Come join me, not only will it be interesting, but you’ll totally score brownie points.

Friday night @ LHUCA, Firehouse Theatre
7 – 9 pm Artist Talk
Judy Pfaff, Artist

Judy Pfaff, Installation at Rice Gallery Houston

Saturday, January 31
4-5 pm Artist Talk
English Lecture Hall
Adela Andea, Artist

Adela Andea, Art Installation + Light Artist

Texas Sculpture Symposium (click image to access full pdf)

Click to access symposium pdf for schedule and details

weekend 1 to-do list [homework] | mind + motor + materiality

Reminder that Monday is Martin Luther King Day = No school.

  1. PREPARE—Acquire all supplies from syllabus. Hand mirror, roll of whitish paper, thumbtacks, gator clips or tape to hold paper to wall, writing utensils. Prep for quiz over Ch 1+2.
  1. TEXT—Drawing-A sketch and text book, READ Ch 1-2 Introduction. COMPLETE—Large adjustable frame, see pg 16 (bring to class from now on), and to one side add incremental measurement markings to your adjustable frame…~1” a part, see pgs 18, 20, 22).
  1. DRAWING—Complete text readings first.
    Panarama series: sit in the middle of any room. Draw what is straight in front of you. Do not turn head left or right, only up and down (~5’ w from you to ceiling). Turn 15 degrees and repeat on a new sheet of paper. Turn…continue at 15 degree increments, until you’ve completed 8 drawings (kind of like a clock beginning at 12—1.5—3—4.5—6—7.5—9—10.5). If not done consecutively, mark sitting location and noon spot so that you can return to finish series. Any single medium for all 8 drawings, may use 14×17” sketch pad or larger paper.
  1. SKETCHBOOK—make pocket on back of book or inside and store course docs. Adhere first day notes, quote, thoughts, drawings, etc in sketchbook. Date everything. Your sketchbook will house stuff that fits; your portfolio case will store the rest; your locker is for supplies.Choose one definition for the word DRAW [any] that you find interesting and that relates to some experience you’ve had. AND TBA.

links to art of interest

gets the mind thinking and the body making–a collection of links


Follow Kathryn’s board draw that on Pinterest.

Follow Kathryn’s board WASH mark making on Pinterest.

Follow Kathryn’s board figure that on Pinterest.

Follow Kathryn’s board self portraits on Pinterest.

Follow Kathryn’s board artists on Pinterest.

drawing 1 syllabus

Syllabus PDF Downloadable

Catalogue Description
ART 1303. Drawing I: Introduction (3). Investigation of a variety of media, techniques, and subjects. Students develop perceptual, descriptive, and verbal skills with consideration of drawing as a conceptual process as well as an end in itself. Outside assignments. AP or portfolio waiver possible. Fulfills core Visual and Performing Arts requirement.

Course Requirements

Six hours in class required studio participation each week. At least three hours of productive work outside of class each week is required to meet standards required by NASAD (9 hours total per week).

Course Purpose

Students taking this course will acquire essential skills in drawing.  It serves as a requirement for students majoring in Art History, Communication Design, Visual Studies and Studio Art. Students will develop the ability to observe, record, and understand the concrete world around them. They will also utilize drawing as a tool for visual thinking, and as one of the most direct forms of self-expression (more…)

drawing 1 schedule

drawing 1 schedule

[download as PDF]


WEEK 1—Read Ch 1-2

1/14 W Rough Sighting + Line
Acquire Materials

Contour line. Contour, blind contour and cross contour. Cross contour and the illusion of mass and volume. The interlock of positive and negative space introduced. Artists: Matisse, Lachaise, Durer, Kokoschka, Cano, Tovish, Polke, Guston, comic books

WEEK 2—Read Ch 3 Line

1/19 M Holiday
1/21 W Blind/Slow Contour

Mark Making and Gesture line. Working from still life: Linear gesture, scribble gesture and sustained gesture. Organizational line drawing. Introduction of core forms, composition and scale. Reductive drawing. Artists: Kline, Giacometti, Degas, Chia, Daumier, Matisse, Lachaise. (more…)

mid-semester portfolio display for all art/design majors

Foundations Reviews are required for all Art Majors. It is built into the courses Design I, Drawing I and Drawing II. These reviews help you practice putting together a portfolio, which is a useful preparation for both the BA and BFA track as well as the art/design fields in general. The Art Foundations Portfolio Review is intended to help students reflect on their first year and give them a chance to see an overview of the work they produce in multiple classes. It is also intended to help faculty guide students toward the best possiblities for their strenghts within the School of Art. Even though these review are run through the Drawing and Design Foundaitons classes, students will be encouraged to submit work from any of the other Foundatons classes they have taken such as Intro to Art, Technolgoy in the Arts, Design II, Art History Survey I and Art History Survey II. If you are an Art BA or BFA major or thinking about being a major, please fill out this form and submit to your Drawing I, Drawing II or Deisgn I instructor.


Set up: March 2-6

Portfolio Checklist

Drawings from ART 1303 Drawing I & ART 2304 Drawing II
___Line composition to show contour line
___Value composition to show form and light
___Comps that incorporate negative space & entire page
___Comps that uses perspective to depict 3d spaces
Design Comps from ART 1302 Design I
___Figure/Ground Reversal Project
___Color/Implied Line/Synethesia
___Linear Perspective
___Sketch Page Work
Three Dimensional Works from ART 2303 Design II
___optional works
Digital Works from ART 2309 Technology in the Arts
___optional works
Writing Sample from ARTH 1301 Art History Survey I & ARTH 2302 Art History Survey II
___optional written work
Assignments from ART 1100 Introduction to Art
___optional work

Viewing: March 9-12
Deinstallation: March 13