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Art 100 Syllabus

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the basic skills and concepts for students who want to develop their ability to draw as well as for students who want to create a portfolio of work for advancement to the next level. The student will be encouraged to explore a range of materials and methods including tonal drawing, shading techniques, perspective and drawing from the intuition. Students will also discover that drawing is an excellent way to develop problem solving skills visualization and creative thinking.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Student will describe and illustrate form in a full range of media drawing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface applying a value graduation scale.

  2. Student will describe and illustrate representational three-dimensional forms applying the theories of linear perspective on a two-dimensional surface.

  3. Student will demonstrate and apply the development of hand-eye coordination in the completion of drawings and the application of value scales, color theory, and design principles.

  4. Student will demonstrate and apply the development of construction compositions using both symmetrical and asymmetrical balance theories.

  5. Student will evaluate, plan, and execute the sequential steps necessary to complete a project applying professional standards and to meet a due date for those projects.

  6. Student will demonstrate and describe spatial relationships both in traditional renaissance perspective and in 20th century illusionary styles.

  7. Student will prepare and present a portfolio of drawings with professional standards 

Performance Objectives

By the end of the course, each student will be able to:

  1. Study the subjects of their pieces with an attention to detail, proportion, and form

  2. Understand how to create lines that best describe the form they are drawing

  3. Create a final drawing that expresses their personal voice and illustrates their understanding of line, shading, depth, and composition.

  4. Use their pencil as a measuring tool when creating proportional relationships

  5. Add dimension to drawings by using a variety of shading techniques

  6. Create depth in drawings by following the rules of one point perspective

  7. Analyze artwork objectively and discuss the artist’s use of line, value, shading, composition

Attendance Policy

Attendance for all classes is mandatory and represents 10% of your grade. Students are allowed two unexcused absences per semester.

Arriving more than 15 minutes late to class constitutes a tardy arrival. Three tardy arrivals equal 1 unexcused absence.
Absent more than 5 classes = Grade is reduced by 10 points
Absent more than 6 classes = Grade is reduced by 15 points
Absent more than 7 classes = Automatic failure

Each student must attend the first class meeting or make arrangements with the instructor of he/she is going to be absent. Failure to attend the first class meeting will result in being dropped from the class. Though a student may be dropped, he/she must drop classes according to the posted deadlines to ensure refunds and unsatisfactory grades. If emergencies arise, a petition for leave of absence should be filed in Admissions.

When you return to class after an absence, speak with me immediately before or after class so that I can give you any handouts and/or assignments.

Disability Support Services

Southwestern College recommends that students with disabilities or specific learning needs contact their professors during the first two weeks of class to discuss academic accommodations. If a student believes that they may have a disability and would like more information, they are encouraged to contact Disability Support Services (DSS) at (619) 482-6512 (voice), (619) 207-4480 (video phone), or email at Alternate forms of this syllabus and other course materials are available upon request.

 Academic Accommodations

Academic accommodations are modifications made in an academic setting to afford the student with a disability an equal opportunity to learn in a lecture and lab course and to show what they have learned on tests.

Southwestern College recommends that all students discuss accommodation requests with their professor during the first two weeks of the semester. An alternate format of the syllabus and class handouts is available upon request. 

 If you need additional information on academic accommodations, please contact the DSS office located in room 422 and can be reached at 619. 482. 6512

Academic Success Center

 The Academic Success Center (ASC)/Learning Assistance Services (LAS) provides services to assist ALL Southwestern College students in achieving academic success both at the Chula Vista campus and at the Higher Education Centers in National City, Otay Mesa, and San Ysidro. The ASC promotes learning by offering free services in six areas: individual tutoring, group tutoring, walk-in centers and labs, computerized tutorials, workshops and test proctoring. The LAS provides free tutoring to all registered students. Highly trained tutors provide academic support on an individual basis, in small groups or in open labs. Learning assistance is provided in almost every subject area and is designed to assist students in successful completion of college course work.

Free online 24/7 tutoring for SWC students available. As a resource for students, faculty, and staff, LAS works to provide the fullest opportunities for mastering the strategies, skills, understandings, and attitudes that foster effective and self-directed learning in college and beyond. Information on LAS, tutoring schedules, community services and resources can be found on the LAS/ASC webpage, for further assistance or inquiries call (619) 482-6348.

ASSOCIATED STUDENTS ORGANIZATION (ASO) The Associated Student Organization (ASO) represents all students at Southwestern College and sponsors activities including cultural performances, awards, student clubs, social activities, and student leadership conferences. The ASO is the recognized student government body of the College. The students elect representatives to both the executive and legislative branches. For more information on how to get involved please contact the Associated Students Organization at 619-421-6700, ext. 5968 or 619-482-6568.

Classroom Environment

Leave the studio/lab as clean and neat as you possibly can.  I have and will continue to try to provide you with as clean and pleasant an environment in which to work and learn as possible.  However, I cannot and will not do it alone.  We must work together for the health, safety and well being of all.

Advisory Statement

The subjects and material covered in this course may sometimes be of such a nature as to be offensive to your personal beliefs. Politics, religion, sexuality and morality have often been the content of artists’ efforts and will be discussed openly and in a mature manner with no intent to create a hostile environment.


No textbooks are required fro this course, however, here is a list of recommended textbooks:

  1. Betti, Claudia, and Sale, Teele. Drawing: A Contemporary Approach. 4th ed. Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 2007. ISBN: 978-015501580
  2.  Nimmer, Dean. Art from Intuition. 1st ed. Watson Guptill Publications, 2008.
  3. ISBN: 978-0823097500
  4.  Dali, Salvador. Fifty Secrets of Magic Craftsmanship.   First ed. Dover Fine Art, 1992.
  5. ISBN: 978-0486271323
  6.  Rockman, Debortah, Drawing Essentials. 1st ed. Oxford University Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-0190209520


Create artistic imagery that draws on one's own cultural heritage and make a presentation along with a discussion of specific symbols and their meanings. Method of Assessment: Group Project


  • "A" grades are given for outstanding work. You are doing extremely well. Improvements will be towards higher degrees of refinement.

  •  "B" grades are given for above=average work. You are doing very well> Improvements will be toward higher refinements of concept and execution.

  • "C" grades are given for average work. You are meeting an acceptable level or expectation. Improvements will be towards acceptable levels of project requirements.

  •  "D" grades are given for below=average work. You are under-achieving in quality and/or motivation. Improvements will be towards acceptable level of project requirements.

  • "F" grades are given for failure. You are not reaching the expected level for college work. Improvements are to review goals, seek assistance and increase efforts

  • "I" grades are only given in very rare circumstances when students are prevented from completing the course requirements due to circumstances beyond their control.

Grading distribution

  • Class participation/ Attendance 10%
  • Advanced assignments 66%
  • Sketchbook Assignments 7%
  • In class exercises 7%
  • Artist Report 10%


Academic dishonesty of any type by a student provides grounds for disciplinary action by the instructor or college. In written work, no material may be copied from another without proper quotation marks, footnotes, or appropriate documentation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I talk on my cell phone in class?
No cell phone conversations allowed in class.

Can I make up work that I missed?/ Can I turn in a project late?  If you have two days to make up missed assignment. I will no longer accept late assignments after the second day that they are due.

What happens if I am late to class?
Arriving more than 15 minutes late to class will be considered tardy. Three tardy arrivals will count as one full absence.

Are there any textbooks required for this class?
No. Only drawing materials are required.

Studio exercises and extended projects

Studio exercises are designed to expose you to new techniques and to sharpen your skills. They will also allow you to explore the possibilities of the different media you will be using over the course of the term. On the other hand, you will be given up to two weeks to complete the Extended Projects assigned to you during the term. Each project will build on the skills and ideas learned in the exercises.


At the end of each extended assignment, we will discuss student work as a group. Critiques are focused opportunities to share insights, verbalize intentions and to assist students in their development. Please use a professional and respectful tone while discussing the work of your peers. The critique process is meant to help each student understand the strengths and weaknesses in her/his work. Critiques should never feel like a personal attack.

Critiques in a studio class are as important as exams in a lecture course. Attendance is critical and required. Not only are no make ups allowed, they are not possible. A successful critique is a participatory experience, not a solo enterprise.

Field Trips
All field trips are mandatory. If you cannot attend a field trip due to sickness ort some other situation, you will be expected to make up the trip, especially if a writing assignment is attached to the visit.

Out of Class Assignments
In the event that I must cancel class due to sickness or any other reason you will be given an assignment to make up the work missed in class.


Artist and Craftsman Supply
3804 Fourth Ave
San Diego CA 92110
Phone: (619) 688-1911

Dick Blick Art Materials
1844 India Street
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 687-0050

You may need to buy additional materials for specific projects. Individual needs may vary, so purchase materials as needed. Keep receipts so you can return unused materials at the end of the semester. 

  • Sketchbook (can vary in size from 8.5” x 11” up to 11 x 14 inches
  • 18" x 24" Strathmore 400 Series drawing pad 
  • X-acto knife and blades
  • Sandpaper board for sharpening pencils
  • 18" ruler
  • Masking Tape and rubber cement 
  • Spray Fixatif
  • Charcoal pencil black Medium (4) 
  • Charcoal pencil white Medium (1) 
  • Variety of drawing Pencils 6h, 4h, 2h, H, 2b, 4b, 6b, 8b
  • Kneaded eraser, Gum eraser
  • Bottle of black India ink, water-soluble
  • Chinese calligraphy brush large size
  • Portfolio large enough to hold 18"x24" paper
  • Micron pen set