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Art 102 Syllabus

Course Description

Continues the expansion of drawing concepts introduced in Art 100. [D; CSU; UC]

Course Objectives

  • Student will describe form with a deepened and expanded knowledge of the elements and principles of composition.
  • Student will solve advanced problems regarding spatial relationships within a composition.
  • Student will expand his/her skills of observation and invention.
  • Student will communicate ideas and concepts in his/her drawings.
  • Student will expand their ability to use art vocabulary and concepts in oral and written contexts.
  • Student will evaluate his/her drawings within a diverse conceptual, cultural, and art historical framework building on the analytic and communication skills introduced in Art 100.
  • Student will develop an increased knowledge of the technical and aesthetic potential of a variety of drawing media.
  • Student will develop a portfolio of drawings and/or other comprehensive project(s), applying advanced professional standards and practices.


Attendance Policy

Attendance for all classes is mandatory. It represents 10% of your grade. Students are allowed two absences over the course of the semester. Excessive absences (more than 5 total) will affect your grade as follows.
Absent more than 5 classes = Best grade is B
Absent more than 6 classes = Best grade is C
Absent more than 7 classes = Best grade is D

Arriving 15 minutes late to class is a tardy arrival. Three tardy arrivals= one unexcused absence.

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

To further your success, reinforce concepts, and achieve the stated learning objectives for this course, I refer you to the Academic Success Center learning assistance services.  Upon request for tutorial services, you will be automatically enrolled in NC 3:  Supervised Tutoring, a free noncredit course that does not appear on your transcripts. 

Services are located in the ASC (420), the Writing Center (420D), the Reading Center (420), Math Center (426), the Library/LRC Interdisciplinary Tutoring Lab, MESA, specialized on-campus School tutoring labs, the Higher Education Center at National City, and the San Ysidro Education Center.  Online learning materials and Online Writing Lab (OWL) are available at

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


An SLO is a highlighted Student learning Outcome. This semester the SLO is to 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%
  • Portfolio Evaluation 66%
  • Sketchbook Assignments 7%
  • Homework Assignments 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.


This list of materials can be bought at the Southwestern Community College Bookstore or at the following locations:

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

Visual Art Supply
3524 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA
Phone: (619) 501-5585

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 inches up to 11 x 14 inches
  • 18" x 24" Strathmore drawing pad 80 lb
  • X-acto knife and blades
  • Sandpaper board for sharpening pencils
  • 18" ruler
  • Drafting Tape and rubber cement (optional)
  • Spray Fixatif
  • Charcoal pencil 4B (4)
  • Variety of drawing Pencils HB, 2b, 3b, 4b, 5b, 6b
  • Box of 24 color pencils
  • Kneaded eraser, Gum eraser
  • Portfolio large enough to hold 18"x24" pape