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Life Drawing Syllabus
Life Drawing Syllabus
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  • 1. LIFE DRAWINGPALM BEACH STATE COLLEGEPalm Beach Gardens- Eissey CampusProfessor Jacques de BeaufortCourse number: ART 2330CRoom: BB 00109Credit Hours: 3 Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 32Funding Category: Advanced Professional (Transfer)Prerequisites: NoneGordon Rule: No.Required Text: None.FULL COURSE OUTLINE To Link directly to this course outline please click on the following:’S CONTACT INFORMATIONJacques de BeaufortOffice hours: By appointment, see schedule on AA 104Email: DEBEAUJ@palmbeachstate.eduPhone: 561-207-5374Class website: CONTACT INFORMATIONDr. Robert GingrasPalm Beach State College-Eissey Campus3160 PGA Blvd. Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410ph: 561.207.5420 , fax: 561.207.5009email address: gingras@palmbeachstate.eduCOURSE DESCRIPTIONLife Drawing is designed to give students a rare and intensive opportunity to explore and develop theirunderstanding of the human figure and various life-drawing methods. Working from live models ratherthan photographic materials furnishes students with a unique opportunity to explore the figure through thedepth of observational experience. Regardless of the direction you may take your own artistic vision,Drawing 2 will provide an essential and fundamental experience and will further enrich the arsenal oftechnical fluencies that you bring to your artwork.STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES/OBJECTIVESYour main objective is to develop a fluent and convincing ability to represent the human form and othersubjects in drawing media from direct observation. This includes strategies of naturalistic rendering andbuilding up the complex human form from more simplistic and general shapes and gestures. Additionallyyou will be expected to produce compositionally solid and pictorial engaging works that demonstrate anawareness of fundamental design concepts. Further objectives include investigation of color, spatialillusion, mood and lighting effects. Greater technical fluency and understanding of various drawing mediaand processes will also be explored.Areas of technical fluency include: Symmetry: The body demonstrates consistent symmetry despite a pose that might be oblique , dynamic, asymmetrical, or foreshortened.
  • 2. Proportionality: The body demonstrates solid proportional logic hands, heads, legs, feet, torso, all seem unified and belonging to the same figure. Composition: Your composition is structured to create unity-it seems intentional and well balanced rather than hap-hazard and accidental. The figure is well situated within the rectangle/square and all space is unified. Chiaroscuro: You are able to use light and dark value (highlight and shadow) to create the illusion of volume and form. Additionally, you are able to accurately indicate an understanding of human anatomy and muscle through the careful observation of the model and render this accurately Craft: Your worked is finished and shows attention to detail and surface. There are no unfinished spots, and your forms are well blended and the paint application is even. Space: Your work shows an understanding of the space and context that surrounds the figure and you are able to provide a convincing window into the perceived reality. Foreshortening: You can show the body convincingly from a variety of angles including oblique and foreshortened points of view.METHODS OF INSTRUCTIONFundamental TechniquesDuring class, we will discuss the fundamental techniques as listed in the course objectives. Demonstrations will befollowed by in-class work time where you will complete exercises using the demonstrated technique(s).Power Point LecturesInstructional images and examples from Art History will provide a broad array of images that will amplify and enhancestudent understanding of given objectives. It is important to have a substantial knowledge of imagery to createpersonal work with greater depth and vision.Class CritiqueAfter we have completed our projects, the class will gather to discuss our work. By looking and talking about our workand the way in which others perceive it, we will come to understand the essentials of visual communication.METHODS OF EVALUATIONHomeworkHomework consists of practice drawings you will execute in your sketchpads and sketch books. Practice is essentialto developing your skills and you will find that progress is difficult without it.ProjectsYou will be expected to complete a specific project in regards to each lecture topic and completion of this statedassignment will be the source of points which will determine your grade. Here is a list of a few project subjects (wemay complete many but not necessarily all of these): Gesture Sketches 100points Light and Modeling 100points The Figure and Line 100points The Torso 100points The Portrait 100points Plaster Casts 100points Portrait Copies 100points Extended Poses 100points each Final Pose 200pointsGRADING PROCEDURES
  • 3. Each assignment will have a specific set of stated objectives that must be fulfilled uponcompletion.Three primary factors determine the grade on any given project:C-P-O=Concept/Professionalism/Originality 1.Concept: Were the stated objectives of the project realized? Did the student utilize design elements and principles to create cohesive and unified composition? Did the student demonstrate an ability to understand the conceptual requirements of each assigned project and a willingness/ability to adhere to standard guidelines? 2. Professionalism: Did the student use assigned materials/techniques to best advantage? Was the project finished completely and thoroughly in the time given? Did the student demonstrate sufficient technical skill to produce finished presentations in keeping with professional industry and gallery standards? 3. Originality: Are the designs innovative and original, or simply rote copies of the examples given? Did the student demonstrate an ability to compose design elements with a sufficient degree of originality and creativity?GRADING SCALEA=90-100 B=80-89 C=70-79 D=60-69 F=59 and below A: work of outstanding quality indicating a full, as well as a successful resolution. Moreover, this work challenges and even transcends the limits of the problem(s) and learning objectives as defined. "A" work is not merely competent, it is daring. B: work exhibiting insight into and understanding of objectives and the ideas expressed, but without a full and/or polished resolution of them. C: work gives evidence of only partial understanding and/or exhibits very little refinement. D: work showing almost no understanding or evidence of an effort to try to understand given objectives. F: work that appears mindless (without direction, understanding and/or any evidence of caring).Late Work Policy: Work handed in a 1-6 days late -10%. Work handed in 7-13 days late -20%. Work handed in 14-20 days late -30%. Work handed in 21-27 days late -40%PLEASE COMPLETE ALL GIVEN ASSIGNMENTS Failure to complete an assignment will result in a 0 grade being given, which is far worse than an F of 59%. It is much preferred to hand in projects late than to not hand them in at all.Most assignments are worth 100 points.To determine your final grade, I add all the points you have earned and then divide this number bythe total number of points possible.CLASS POLICIES:ATTENDANCE:1. Attendance will be taken in each and every class.2. Absences are usually detrimental to a student’s grade.3. “Incomplete” grades are assigned only in cases where severe illness or emergency has prevented the student’s being present at the final examination.
  • 4. 4. Late arrivals or early departures count as 1/3 of an absence.5. Excused absences due to extenuating circumstances or family emergencies must be verified.An e- mail the day of/before your absence explaining your circumstances is usually sufficient.6. More than 3 unexcused absences will result in a failing (F) grade.For example, this means that even 3 unexcused absences and 1 tardy will result in a failing grade.7. Family and personal vacations DO NOT COUNT AS EXCUSED ABSENCES. I will NOT administer make-up tests for these absences.8. STUDENTS WHO DO NOT ATTEND THE FIRST CLASS WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE COURSE. Unless they have proof of extenuating circumstances and/or call me prior to the class meeting.9. Our final class meeting, is…..our FINAL CLASS MEETING, and no work will be accepted afterwards. Ever. No matter what the circumstances* (*unless you have arranged for an “incomplete” grade)CLASSROOM CONDUCT:1. Eating, drinking or smoking is not permitted in any of the classrooms.2. Cell-phones, laptops, electronic devices, must be turned off during class time NO TEXTING !!!!!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!!!! Although websites such as Wikipedia are often helpful tools for research, studies have shown that multi-tasking results in lower overall performance and retention. Please take handwritten notes and then conduct supplemental research outside of class.3. If student is caught disrupting the class, talking, sleeping or text messaging during a lecture, he/she may be asked to leave for the rest of the class period and/or sent to the department chair.IMPORTANT DATES (Spring 2013)January 11 Last Day to Add/Drop (%100 refund)March 28 Last Day to Withdraw (“W” grade- no refund)April 29 Last Day of Regular ClassMay 6 Final Class (final pose due)Class Contacts:It is strongly encouraged to get at least three classmates’ phone numbers/ e-mail. If you miss a lecture and/or class schedulechanges occur, you can call your a classmate and obtain any missed information. I teach several classes and cannot personallyrespond to ALL inquiries as quickly as I would like.Email Policy: Students may contact/receive class information through their Palm Beach State e-mail account.Professor’s Expectations:It is important that you demonstrate a willingness to learn, develop, and a desire to try things that may at first seem difficult. Theacquisition of skill and fluency do not come easy, Without a substantial effort you will not be able to develop your talents. Personaland professional development are the ultimate reward.Respect towards your classmates and instructor is expected and essential for keeping a positive and friendly environmentthroughout the course. You must be willing to clean up after yourself, help others, and work to create a pleasant and safe classenvironment in which everyone can learn. Leaving early and demonstrating a lack of interest or serious desire to improve will resultin lower grades.Artistic Integrity:All worked turned in must be the product of the student alone and must be produced during this semester. Friends/family are notallowed to assist you, and you may nor turn in old work completed for another class.Unique Requirements of the Class:
  • 5. Most assignments will require substantial work outside of class. Therefore it is important that you have a clean, quiet area whereyou can work, and a surface large enough to place your materials.PALM BEACH STATE COLLEGEAcademic Dishonesty *Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. Any student who commits academic dishonesty will receive a grade of zero for theassignment or test. A second instance of cheating will culminate in a student being given an F or failure for the class. Instructorsmay also pursue disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Handbook. Academic dishonesty includes the following actions,as well as other similar conduct aimed at making false representation with respect to the student’s academic performance:(1) cheating on an exam,(2) collaborating with others on work to be presented, if contrary to the stated rules of the course,(3) submitting, if contrary to the rules of the course, work previously submitted in another course,knowingly and intentionally assisting another student in any of the above actions, including assistance in an arrangement wherebywork, classroom performance, examination, or other activity is submitted or performed by a person other than the student underwhose name the work is submitted or performedAcademic dishonesty includes the following actions, as well as other similar conduct aimed at making false representation withrespect to the student’s academic performance:(4) cheating on an exam,(5) collaborating with others on work to be presented, if contrary to the stated rules of the course,(6) submitting, if contrary to the rules of the course, work previously submitted in another course,(7) knowingly and intentionally assisting another student in any of the above actions, including assistance in an arrangement whereby work, classroom performance, examination, or other activity is submitted or performed by aperson other that the student under whose name the work is submitted or performed,(8) plagiarism.Please refer to the Palm Beach Community College Student Handbook for further information.CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE AND STUDENT BEHAVIOR GUIDELINESThe purpose of this information is to assist students in understanding proper classroom behavior. The classroom should be alearning centered environment in which faculty and students are unhindered by disruptive behavior. You are a college student andare expected to act in a mature manner. Unfortunately, we are finding students who seem to be disrespectful of the learningprocess and their fellow students. Faculty have the authority to manage their classroom to ensure an environmentconducive to learning. Florida Statute Title XLVIII, Chapter 1006.61 and PBSC Board Rule 6Hx-18-3.35 state: Any person who shall accept the privilege (emphasis added) extended by Florida laws of attendance or employment at any state college, state junior college or state university shall by so attending or working at such institution, be deemed to have given consent to the policies of the institution, the Board of Regents and the laws of this state. Such policies shall include prohibition against disruptive activities at state institutions of higher learning. Take responsibility for your education - There is a common myth among students that because they pay tuition they deserve to receive credit for the class. This is not true. In fact, students pay approximately 30 percent of the cost of their education; taxpayers pay the rest. Instructors are here to create a learning environment. Whether you learn depends on your willingness to listen, ask appropriate questions, and do the work necessary to pass the course. If your academic preparation from high school is weak or if you have been out of school for a period of time, you may have to work harder and seek more help in order to succeed. Attend every class - You will find that students who attend every class, listen to the instructor and take good notes will be more likely to pass (with a higher grade). If you have an emergency or illness, contact your instructor ahead of time to let her/him know that you will be absent. A local study showed that students who missed the first class meeting were more likely later to withdraw or fail. Important note: if you miss a class it is your responsibility to meet with the instructor, outside of regular class time, to determine a plan to make up the missed work. Get to class on time and do not leave class early – Students who enter class late or leave class early distract their classmates and the instructor. This is seen as disruption and cannot be tolerated. Do not have private conversations - The noise is distracting and disruptive to other students. Turn all cellular phones off - It is very distracting to hear someone’s cellular phone go off in class. Do not dominate other students’ opportunity to learn by asking too many questions - It’s good to ask questions and make comments, but if you dominate the class time with too many questions and/or comments, the instructor and other students cannot participate in class discussions. When asking questions and making comments, keep them related to the discussion at hand.
  • 6. Respect your instructor - Openly challenging the instructor’s knowledge or authority in the classroom is not proper. If you take issue with the instructor’s information or instructional methods, make sure that your comments are made with respect and without confrontation or antagonism. You may want to discuss your issues with her/him privately. Instructors’ classroom policies, procedures and teaching styles vary - Some instructors enforce attendance policies vigorously; other instructors are more lenient about attendance. Assignments and classroom activities are at the prerogative of the instructor. Instructors have the freedom and authority to set the guidelines and policies for their individual classroom (within the overall policies of the college). Faculty have the right to remove disruptive students from their class. Your classmates deserve your respect and support - Others may have different ideas and opinions from yours, they may ask questions you perceive to be “stupid,” but they deserve the same level of respect from you as you wish from them. Come to class prepared - Students who forget common classroom supplies such as a pencil, paper, books, test materials, etc. usually waste class time. Students who have not completed their assigned homework many times ask questions that could have been answered through their assignments. Turn in your work on time - It is important to plan ahead. Students who wait until the last minute to do their work usually make lower grades and are more likely to miss deadlines. Study and do your assignments every day. If a problem occurs at the last minute such as a computer malfunction, you will still be prepared. Do not bring children to class - Children in classrooms are distracting to the instructor, other students, and you. You need to plan ahead for child care. When having academic difficulty seek assistance - Your instructors are willing to assist you however, there are other ways to get help. The Student Learning Center (SLC) has tutorial assistance available for many courses, student services can assist with course scheduling and career development and specific courses, such as SLS1501 Strategies for College Success, are offered to help you succeed.If you have questions or need assistance, please make an appointment to see your academic advisor or call 207-5340. She/he iswilling to assist you so you can succeed.Computer Competency Statement: Each student will, to the satisfaction of the professor, demonstrate a fundamental understanding of basic computer operations through various professor-determined exercises and/or assignments. These assignments are listed in the methods of evaluation.Eating, Drinking and SmokingEating and drinking are confined to (specific to campus). Smoking is not permitted in any College building.Student Responsibility PolicyWhen a student attends the College, s/he becomes subject to its jurisdiction. Students are expected to conduct themselves in aresponsible manner, in all areas of campus life. By enrolling, they pledge to obey the rules and regulations of the College and areresponsible for observing all College policies and procedures as published in the student handbook, the College catalog and otherCollege publications. The student will be responsible for preparing for class, participating in class, and completing assignments ontime.