The Art of Sketching: Schedule of Work

Mondays, 9am-10:45am or 11am-12:45pm on Zoom

February 1

February 8

  • In class: Contour
    • Nancy Rubins, What Nancy Rubins considers Drawing.
    • Assignment 3: blind contour of your legs. Put this on Padlet.
  • Homework by sunday (by Sunday at 11:59pm):
    • Pick up supplies in D&M111 between 1pm and 4pm on Monday or Tuesday; if you are not on campus this semester, you must email Phil your mailing address by Monday at 5pm: plonergan@plymouth.edu
    • Read How to use this Book and Section 1: Contour and Gesture (this whole reading). We will be using this book as a source of information only. The actual drawing(s) you will do for homework are below:
      • Assignment 1: Do two 30-min contour drawings of your hand. Take pics of both sketches and post to Padlet in the correct column.
      • Assignment 2: Do two 30-min contour drawings of a shoe. Take pics of both sketches and post to Padlet in the correct column.

February 15

  • In class: Assignment 5: Gesture drawing Talk about Weight and Modelled Drawing.
  • Homework due today (by Sunday at 11:59pm):
  • Gesture explanation Read this!
  • Assignment 4: 30- 1 minute Gesture drawings: You can use regular paper or divide up your sketch book page into 4 Quadrants and use The front and back. This will give you 4 small drawings per side (8 per page). Photograph them in groups and put them on your Padlet. Remember Gesture lines connect the parts, can jump through space, are thought of as three-dimensional and are seen differently from person to person. Draw loose and react to what you see. It is really the opposite of Contour Drawing! Have some fun! There is no “right” or “wrong”! Draw for one full minute!

February 22

  • In class: Look at Janine Antoni. Read through the homework for next week.
  • Homework due today (by Sunday at 11:59pm):
    • Read Pages 32-39 in The Natural Way to Draw (Pages numbers on the digital PDF are 48-55). Understand the difference between a “Weight” drawing (from the center of the form) and “Modelled” drawing (on the surface of the form).
    • Assignment 6: Do 4- ten minute “Weight” drawings of something that has some bulk or thickness to it (not pencil like in shape). Find a new object for each drawing and draw from real life.
    • Assignment 7: Do 4-ten minute “Modelled” drawings. Find a new object for each drawing and draw from real life.

March 1go

  • In class: Andy Goldsworthy Snow Drawings.
  • Reminder:
    1. Be sure to do the drawings as they are described in the description. (You won’t get credit if they are not done as described.)
    2. Make sure you are doing the correct number of drawings for the amount of time.
    3. When the assignment is for two drawings fill up a new page for each.
    4. Always draw from real life (direct observation) and from a 3/4 view unless directed to do otherwise.
  • Homework due today (by Sunday at 11:59pm):
    • Assignment 8: Get your self an ordinary ball point. Try to find a pen that flows around the paper easily (anything will do that your have around!). Read exercise 13 “The modeled Drawing in Ink” page 51-52. in The Natural Way to Draw . Now take a look at the drawings on pages 49-50. (Pages numbers on the digital PDF are 67-68 with the drawings on 65-66). Now make two drawings. Spend 1/2 hour for each drawing. These are just like the drawings in Assignment 7 only you will use a ball point pen instead of the blacke Conte crayon. Feel the 3D form when you draw!
    • Assignment 9: Read Exercise 14 on pages 52-53 in The Natural Way to Draw and look at all the drawings up to page 66. (Pages numbers on the digital PDF are 68-69 with the drawings up to page 82) The book calls this drawing “The Daily Composition” and talks about doing it everyday for 15 minutes. We are going to change this and make these 2 minute long Memory drawings. Make 15-two minute memory drawings- “Draw the figure or figures together with the place that surrounds them, thinking of the place, figure, and objects as one whole thing. SEE THE WHOLE THING AS A UNIT!” You may pick the drawing tool of your choice (pencil, pen, Conte crayon, etc.).

March 8

  • In class:
  • Homework due today (by Sunday at 11:59pm):
    • Assignment 10: This exercise is called “The Five Hour Contour” but don’t worry we are going to do a 2 hour contour of the interior of a room or a landscape! Read Exercise 17 on pages 74-75 in The Natural Way to Draw (in the PDF pages 90-91).
    • Assignment 11: On one piece of paper Make a value scale off to the side and the Sphere exercise following this tutorial.

March 15

  • In class:
  • Homework due today (by Sunday at 11:59pm):

March 22

  • In class:
  • Homework due today (by Sunday at 11:59pm):

March 29

April 5

April 12

April 19

April 26

Final Exam TBD