Drawing 1 Syllabus                                                 Fall Semester 2013

Ms. Gaster                                                                Email: Brittany.Gaster@k12.sd.us

Grade Level: 9-12                                                   Type of Credit Earned: Fine Arts

Course Description

From cave drawings dating back 35,000 years ago to today’s architects and designers, drawing is one of the basic and most preferred ways of working. Drawing is a visual language and students will learn and strengthen their “visual” vocabulary through the study and application of the elements and principles of design (line, value, shape, color, form, texture, proportion, movement, repetition, etc.), art history (famous artists, art periods, the why and what of art), and art criticism (viewing, reflecting, and talking about artwork). Students will utilize various drawing techniques (shading, contour line drawing, negative/positive space, stippling, hatching, pattern,), and explore various drawing media (graphite, pen and ink, scratchboard, charcoal, watercolor, colored-pencil).


Drawing is a learned skill and like any skill requires both dedicated practice, patience, and effort. Success in this class is dependent of effort and motivation. Drawing is a learned skill that requires effort and practice.

A. Knowledge/Understanding
B. Time Usage/Participation
C. Technique/Craftsmanship
D. Creativity/Experimentation
E. Design/Composition

Scores are calculated into percentages which carry the following grades: A = 93-100% B = 85-92% C = 76-84% D = 65-75% F = 00-64%.


Sketchbook (with at least 40 blank pages), No. 2 Pencil, Sharpie Marker (Fine and Extra Fine), Eraser, Tissue box for classroom (optional), Handheld sharpener (optional and very useful)

Studio Rules

Respect: Teacher, fellow classmates, yourself, and school property. Stay focused on class work. Listening devices are permitted only at instructor’s discretion. Keep food and drink off drawing tables.  LEAVE THE DRAWING STUDIO IN BETTER CONDITION THAN YOU FOUND IT.

Extra Credit

Extra credit may be earned by attending any art related function outside of normal school/art class activities such as gallery walks, artist openings/receptions, etc. Proof of attendance will be required and the credit earned will be dependent on specific event. Extra credit may also be earned by completing extra sketchbook pages outside of class.


Sit in your assigned seat.

The first person from each table group to enter the room picks up the portfolios.

Get out your sketchbook and begin the Daily Sketchbook Warmup as described on the screen. You will have 5 minutes to complete it so get started right away! (25 points a week)

Ms. Gaster will begin class following the 5-minute Sketchbook Warmup. Keep working until Ms. Gaster instructs the class to begin clean up (2 to 3 minutes before the bell).

One person from your table group will return Portfolios to the storage cabinet while others clean and return materials.  *If portfolios or materials are not returned to their designated storage place the responsible students will lose an effort/participation point(s) on the current graded project.

Once portfolios and materials are put away, students must remain seated until the bell.

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