• Drawing Syllabus

    Course Description:

    Drawing is another form of communicating.  It is a skill that anyone can develop with practice.  This course will use a variety of media, exercises and techniques that are designed to help you hone your drawing skills as you develop a personal style.  Drawing tools may include graphite pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, ink, marker, chalk, and oil pastel. Inspiration will be taken from you, nature, the environment, art history, and the human body.  


    Student Expectations:

    1. You must have a zippered pencil case and sketchbook at all times
      (100 PAGE WIRE BOUND, 9” X 12” - NO EXCEPTIONS)
    2. Participate in class activities, discussions, and critiques.
    3. Show evidence of hard work, visible interest, and ORIGINALITY.
    4. Arrive to class on time.  After three late arrivals, morning detention (7:45am) will be assigned.
    5. Hand in assignments on time unless you speak to me and have a special circumstance.
    6. Bring required materials (Pencil and Eraser everyday!)
    7. Have FUN and gain an appreciation for art.
    8. Clean up after yourself and put materials back in the condition and location you found them.


    Sketchbooks:  Due September 14th

    9” x 12”, 100 page, all-purpose medium weight drawing paper, wire bound is a MUST!  

    Do NOT buy newsprint, rough charcoal, or watercolor paper.  

    Available at Pearl Paint, Michael’s, AC Moore, Dick Blick, Amazon.com)

    You will receive smaller assignments to keep in a sketchbook.  Think of this book as a visual diary or journal in which you will record your thoughts, ideas, dreams, and sources of inspiration throughout the school year.  Sketchbook exercises will be specific, but should enable you to practice technical skills while exercising your creativity and personal vision.


    Zippered Pencil Case:  September 14th


    Cell Phone Policy:

    • NO CELL PHONES OUT ON TABLE unless given permission for an assignment.
    • If permission is given to listen to personal music, one earbud must always be out.  If listening to music, playlist must be created in advance. NO SEARCHING for songs during class.
    • If any student in class is using their cell phone to text, Snapchat, Instagram, watch videos, stream television shows, play video games, etc., the class will get 3 warnings.  After the 3rd warning, the entire class loses ALL cell phone privileges until further notice.


    Grading based on work from the following:

    Portfolio 60% - Major projects and tests

    Class Assignments 30% - Sketchbook work, Smaller Assignments, and Critiques 

    Other 10% - Overall Participation, Time Management, Attendance, Punctuality, Use of class time


    1. Understand the different kinds and uses of line.
    2. Understand different drawing surfaces and use of different mediums.
    3. Understand what the elements and principles of art are and how to use them in creating a drawing.
    4. Learn and understand drawing terms. 
    5. Practice various drawing techniques.
    6. Examine drawings from different artists throughout history.


    Major drawing lessons include:

    1. Projects focusing on the individual elements of art
    2. Composing a composition using the principles of art 
    3. Realistic still life 
    4. Perspective (1, 2, and 3 Point Perspective)
    5. Figure drawing
    6. Portraits
    7. Landscapes


    As a THS Art Student You Should:

    • Supplement your art experience by visiting art galleries and art museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMa, Chelsea (W34th to W14th Streets), Whitney, Museum of American Art, etc.
    • Participate in arts related field trips.
    • Explore art history by reading art history books, researching master artists on the web.  You may also listen to art podcasts, view art related movies online, and visit websites of museums for more art history.
    • Offer your art skills to the school and the community.


    Suggested Materials: *Not required

    You are encouraged to have your own materials for drawing class.  This will allow you to work independently in your sketchpads outside of class if you desire to do so.  Helpful materials include: Drawing Pencils (ie. 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B), Ebony pencil, 2 Sharpies (one fine and one extra-fine), Colored Pencils, Kneaded eraser

    Extra Credit Opportunities

    • Art News - Read an art news article and write a three-paragraph essay explaining what the article was about and your reaction or opinion of it. Hand in a copy of the article and your typed essay.  You will also be required to share information about the article to class through a slide show presentation.
    • Museum Visit – After your visit, write a one-paragraph essay describing your experience at the museum. In a slideshow to be shared with the class, pick one or two works of art to describe in more detail and give your opinion of the work. Hand in your typed essay along with a brochure or entrance ticket from the museum on the day you visited that location.
    • Listen to and share an art podcast with Ms. Allen.  Present your findings about the podcast to the class in a 5-10 minute summary, using a slide show presentation.



  • “We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the better.”

    ― Walt Stanchfield

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