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SYLLABUS – ART 151, Drawing 1 (SPRING 2015)

Times: 0004 MW 1:15PM – 3:45PM

Location: Luther Bonney, 425

Instructor: Jan Piribeck janp@maine.edu (cell # 207.400.6829)

Office Hours: M 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. (Luther Bonney 4th floor art office)

T 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (John Mitchell Center 265 - G) or by appointment  

Electronic Portfolio: https://usm.digication.com/art151/



An introduction to basic skills and approaches to perceptual drawing; this course develops students’ visual awareness and understanding of the range of drawing materials and techniques. Students will develop responses to the visual environment employing varied stylistic and technical approaches. Exercises include still life, figure study, portrait, and landscape. Cr 3.



Upon completion of the course it is expected that students will:

  • Be aware of the basic visual elements and principles
  • Be able to create drawings based upon visual perception using a variety of processes, media, tools and techniques
  • See more completely and be able to translate what is perceived in 3D into 2D form
  • Have better eye and hand coordination and increased visual sensitivity
  • Be able to use, orally and in writing, a vocabulary related to drawing
  • Recognize that drawing has various meanings that are contingent and evolving
  • Understand how drawing expresses the culture that produces it
  • Demonstrate skills of effective communication and analysis based upon speaking and writing critically about one’s own drawings, the drawings of peers and the artwork of artists discovered through research and field trips
  • Aware of the creative process and how it relates to drawing
  • Understand workflow issues and how to develop good work habits


During the semester students will:

  • Complete basic drawing exercises and assignments. The focus will be on the basic visual elements and principles including: line, shape, space, value, texture, unity, variety, balance, scale and proportion
  • Draw the human figure, still life arrangements and landscape
  • Study composition; the dynamics of positive/negative space; proportion; perspective
  • Participate in class activities such as: critiques, demonstrations, lectures and discussions, which will cover creativity and concept development
  • Do reading and writing assignments
  • Be introduced to a diverse and compelling range of drawing examples


Students will be expected to:

  • Devote approximately 4 hours of work outside of class gathering materials, completing assignments, reading, writing and attending special events
  • Produce a portfolio of work to be submitted for mid-term and final review. NOTE: Failure to submit portfolio for these reviews will result in a failing grade.
  • Attend exhibitions and public programs sponsored by the USM Art Gallery and Art Department and other local galleries and museums; extra credit opportunities will be announced throughout the semester


It is impossible to really “make up” missed demonstrations or critiques, and getting the information second-hand is rarely satisfactory. As a result, if you miss 2 or more classes for any reason, it is likely that your grade will drop dramatically. Please do not use your cell phones during class, and come prepared with supplies and homework in hand and ready to work!



Assessment will be based upon these factors:

Is the work conceptually inventive? Have you demonstrated a solid grasp of problem content? Did you really grapple with the ideas presented in each assignment? Are your compositions visually compelling? Is every square inch fully engaged? Have you used a full range of values? Is the image unified? Energized? Balanced? Well crafted? What was the nature of your learning process? Did you use class time effectively and come prepared to learn? Did you take risks? How substantial were your contributions to class meetings and critiques?



A = Outstanding. Expansive investigation of ideas and excellent composition. All assignments completed on time. Insightful contributions to critiques. Goes substantially beyond minimum requirements.

B = Above average. Substantial investigation of concepts and compositions; excellent craft. All assignments completed on time, insightful contributions to critiques.

C = Average. All assignments done competently and completed on time. Strong participation in critiques.

D = Marginal work. Two or more late projects, limited investigation of ideas, poor craft or incoherent compositions, or excessive absences. Limited contributions to critiques.

F = Unsatisfactory work. Course failure due to minimal idea development, poor craft, disjointed compositions, lack of participation, late assignments, or excessive absences.


NOTE: If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible. At any point in the semester, if you encounter difficulty with the course or feel that you could be performing at a higher level, consult with me. Students experience difficulty in courses for a variety of reasons. For problems with writing skills or time management, make an appointment to see a tutor at the Learning Commons, Glickman Library, Second Floor, Portland Campus (780-4228). Help is also available through the University Health and Counseling, 105 Payson Smith Hall, Portland Campus (780-4050) and the Disability Services Center Luther Bonney Hall, Second Floor, Portland Campus (780-4706).


SUPPLIES: Please pick up a drawing kit prepared especially for this class at the Art Mart, 517 Congress Street, Portland by Wednesday, January 21rst; the cost of the kit is $. No substitutions please.



The Tate Galleries , www.tate.org.uk

The Louvre, www.louvre.fr

Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, www.moca.org

Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrld, http://museoprado.mcu.es

The Rijks Museum, Amsterdam, www.rijksmuseum.nl

Centre Pompidou, Paris, www.centrepompidou.fr

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, www.sfmoma.org

The Getty Museum, www.getty.edu

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, www.metmuseum.org

The Museum of Modern Art, New York, www.moma.org

The Drawing Center, New York, www.drawingcenter.org

Pierogi Gallery www.pierogi2000.com



J. Aristides, Classical Drawing Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice
T. Sale & C. Betti, Drawing: A Contemporary Approach

A.  Mendelowitz, Guide to Drawing.

B. Niolaides, The Natural Way to Draw.

C.  Goldstein,The Art of Responsive Drawing.

D.  Goldstein, Figure Drawing.

E. Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

J. Berry, Drawing the Human Form.

K. Peck, Atlas of the Human Anatomy for the Artist.

L. Hale, The Anatomy Lessons From the Greatest Masters.

R. Kaupelis, Experimental Drawing

F. Franck The Zen of Seeing: Seeing/Drawing as Meditation



Please note: The instructor reserves the right to add, delete and re-arrange elements of the schedule in order to respond to and meet the particular needs of the class. Outside assignments will be announced. Slide talks to introduce and illustrate concepts will be presented regularly. Reading/writing assignments and critiques will be incorporated into drawing assignments.


Week 1

M – Jan. 12th

Syllabus and Assignment 01

Please note: Pick up Drawing Kits by Wednesday, January 21rst cost approximately

$100. The instructor will e-mail the exact cost prior to the 14th, and will confirm that the kits are ready. 


W – Jan. 14th

Line – Blind Contour and Contour (faces and hands)

Ongoing outside assignment - Draw 1 object for the entire semester. 


Week 2

M – Jan. 19th

Martin Luther King Day - No Classes! 


W – Jan. 21rst

Contour Drawing – Crumpled Paper


USM Art Faculty & Alimni Invitational Exhibition

USM Art Gallery, Gorham campus

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 22nd, 5-7 p.m.

*Faculty Talks: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Snow Date: Thursday, January 29th, 5-7 p.m. 


A field trip to the USM Art Faculty Exhibition at the USM Art Gallery in Gorham and a response paper will be required. Attending the opening reception and faculty talks is recommended. This is an outside assignment. Response papers are due no later than March 02.  


Week 3

M – Jan. 26th

Linear Perspective – Boxes


W – Jan. 28th

Linear Perspective/Value – Boxes

Texture studies



Traci Molloy, USM Artist-in-Residence

Molloy is a Brooklyn-based artist and social activist

Friday, January 30th at noon

Robie Andrews Hall, Gorham Campus

Snow Date: February 6th at noon


Week 4

M – Feb. 2nd

Cross Contour/Value/Modeling/Shading – Geometric Form  


W – Feb. 4th

Surface: Value/Modeling/Shading –  Geometric Form and/or Paper sacks 


Week 5

M – Feb. 09th

Bringing it all together: Sustained drawing of still life with an emphasis on composition


W – Feb. 11th

Field Trip to Osher Map Library: The Art of the Hand Drawn Map 

Week 6

M – Feb. 16th

Winter BREAK!


W – Feb. 18th

Winter BREAK!


Week 7

M – Feb. 23rd 

Positive/Negative Space drawing – Plant


W – Feb. 25th

Continued Study of Line/Value Texture – Plant





Traci Molloy, USM Artist-in-Residence

Collaborations with USM students and youth from The Center for Grieving Children's Multicultural Program 

AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center

Portland Campus




Week 8

M – March 2nd

Positive/Negative Space – Chair


W – March 4th

Continued Study of Line/Value/Texture – Chair with drapery



Tectonic Industries: a collaborative art partnership of Danish artist Lars Boye Jeriach and British artist Helen Stringfellow

Friday, March  at noon

Robie Andrews Hall, Gorham Campus

Snow Date: February 6th at noon


Week 9

M – March 09th

Head/Hand/Foot Studies – Plaster Casts 


W – March 11th  

Self-Portrait - from mirror


USM Juried Student Exhibition

Burnham Lounge, Robie Andrews

March 12 – 26th

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 12, 5-7 p.m.


Week 10

M – March 16th

Figure Drawing (Gesture and Contour) – Model


W – March 18th

Figure Drawing (Gesture, Contour and Proportion) – Model


Week 11

M – March 23rd

Figure Drawing (Value and Proportion) – Model


W – March 25th

Figure Drawing (Value and Proportion) – Model


Week 12

M – March 30th

Spring BREAK!


W - April 1rst

Spring BREAK!


Week 13

M – April 06th

Figure Drawing: Sustained Composition/Critique

William Kentridge and Kara Walker – ART 21 movies


W – April 08th

Figure Drawing: Sustained Composition/Critique


Week 14

M – April 13th

Critique and Discussion of Final Portfolio Presentation


W – April 15th

Perspective Drawing  - Box or Hallway


2015 BFA & BA Exhibition 

APRIL 18TH - May 1

Art Gallery, Gorham

Opening Reception: Friday, April 17, 6-8 p.m. 




AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center

Portland Campus


2014 BFA and BA Exhibition

USM Art Gallery, Gorham Campus

April 18 – May 2

Opening Reception: Friday, April 18, 6-8 p.m.  


Week 15

M – April 20th

Drawing on location – landscape or in museum


W – April 22th

Formative Critique - Final Project (Semester-Long Drawing Project)



Anne Harris - acclaimed figurative painter


Burnham Lounge, Robie Andrews Hall

Gorham Campus


Week 16

M – April 27th

Work on Final Drawing Project


W– April 29th

Semester-Long Drawing Project Critique




Week 17

May 2nd – 8th


Final Exams Wk. - Pick up graded portfolios.

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Vine Charcoal medium and soft – one 3 pack each

Vine Charcoal jumbo – one 1 pack

Compressed Charcoal 2B and 4B – one 3 pack each
18” x 24” Newsprint

18” x 24” Canson Recycled Drawing Paper
2 large clips for clipping heavy pads to drawing boards
9” x 12” Sketch Book Recycled
Conte Crayon Black 2B – one 2 pack

Conte Crayon White 2B – one 2 pack

Conte Crayon Grey 2B – one 2 pack
HB, 2B and 4B Pencils – 2 each

4B, 6B Woodless Pencils – 1 each

Pencil Sharpener - Contained

Pencil Extender - 1

Graphite Stick Thick – 1

Black India Ink Small – 1

Wash brushes - #4 round and 1 inch flat

Cups or cans for water

Copic Drawing Pen – 1


Portfolio for carrying 18” X 24” paper

Glue Stick

24” Metal Ruler




Case or box for supplies (fishing tackle or plastic tool box) 

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