Class Syllabus for SPRING 2021- Drawing for Non-Art Majors (All Sections)

Drawing for Non-Art Majors ART 106
Prof. Jane Wynn
Office Hours: I am available by appointment. Send me an email if you want to have a private Zoom meeting & I can set it up. 
I will also announce updates & send reminders to you & the blog via-Blackboard

This course fulfills the university core requirement for category #4: Creativity and Creative Development.

Course Goals:

Students will be able to:
Apply in practice a range of expression within a specific art while exhibiting rigorous standards of technique. (For this course, this means students will use well a variety of media, techniques, and/or stylistic approaches.)

Demonstrate content knowledge through an analysis and synthesis of representative examples, ideas and skills. (For this course, this means students will be able to analyze artworks, and articulate and support complex opinions in the context of critique.)

Articulate by means appropriate to the discipline the ways in which theory and practice meet in the creation of the specific art form. These means may include verbal, written and observable products and or presentations. (In this course, this means students will be able to produce what they envision, and produce art that embodies ideas/concepts.)

Show how history, aesthetics, form and composition, techniques and/or pedagogy contribute to the process of creative development. (In this course, this means that students will conduct appropriate research leading to the generation and development of multiple ideas for a single work.)

Course Description: 
Introduction to and exploration of the elements and principles of art & design through a variety of drawing processes. Exploration of drawing-with an equal emphasis on both observationally based drawing & drawing from the imagination. The interplay between these two modes will continually be explored.

Course Outline:
•Every Class: Be prepared with all materials and ready to work each class. Not having supplies after the first week of class is not an excuse. 

•Each Weekly Class: You will be given weekly warm ups, in-class exercises and weekly project.

*This class is a studio class that is almost 4 hours long (9:30-1:20). Outside of class students are expected to put in an equal amount of time to complete work for a total of 8 hours a week to complete project. 

•Journal: Keep all drawing observations, notes, printouts, thoughts and ideas, writings, research, samples, thumbnail sketches, and as a diary for each class.

• Explore a variety of materials and supplies used in sketching, drawing & illustration
• Develop technical skills for creating detailed drawings
• Make perceptually based drawings from visually complex sources
• Make non-observational drawings using a variety of approaches, including the use of alternative source materials & processes for creating drawings.
• Identify & research artists/illustrators/designers both past & present
• Be able to show marked improvement from the beginning of the semester to the last assignment
• Be able to draw objects in 1 & 2 point perspective

Course Requirements:
Final grades will be determined by:
• 40% Unit Projects/Class Projects: based on skillful technical execution, intelligence & novelty of visual solutions to assignments, & evidence of understanding of course concepts

• 30% Weekly Exercises/ in-class exercises: includes both actual sketchbook work, projects, & all preparatory materials leading to final work. Grade will be based on both quality & comprehension of the work.

• 20% Participation On Zoom/*Feedback: Since we have become “Virtual”- this portion of the grade is based on creative feedback. Students are not merely expected to just create & post work, but to actively engage in class activities & discussions and to respond by writing self-evaluations and Artist’s Statements about their work.

• 10% Final Project & Review: A final project that is due along with a showing of semesters work (With all fixes and final edits due on Exam Day

Final grades will be determined by:
Grades will be based on skillful technical execution, intelligence & novelty of visual solutions to assignments, evidence of understanding of course concepts, & the ability to take and share properly edited images of work digitally for presentations and critiques.

High Emphasis: on work resulting from in-class projects, unit projects, exercises, homework, and written reflection.

Strong Consideration given to students who:
• Gives feedback, writes personal critiques, self-evaluations, & artist’s statements for projects
• Creates work that shows an understanding of the project, shows research, & creativity
• Creates work that shows time & endurance that is necessary to successfully execute & complete a finished project
• Creates work that is finished, properly documented and digitally edited, & turned in on time

Your final grade will be based on technical & conceptual quality of work, grasp of course ideas & concepts, participation in class discussions & personal growth, attitude & commitment.

A: Work exhibits strong understanding of course concepts, technical excellence, & exceptional imagination & intelligence in the solution of visual problems.  Student participates in personal critiques & project discussions, often works in sketchbook to research & develop ideas related to class assignments, successfully learns all course vocabulary, & consistently meets or exceeds the time requirements of the course.

B: Work exhibits reasonable understanding of course concepts, & is good both technically & conceptually. Student participates in personal critiques & project discussions is good (student is vocal in most, though not all, classes).  Student regularly works in sketchbook to research & develop ideas related to class assignments, learns most course vocabulary, & usually meets time requirements of the course.

C: Work is technically & conceptually average. Student works in sketchbook & participates in personal critiques & project discussions & discussions only occasionally, & student often falls short of meeting time requirements of the course.

D: Insufficient effort & time spent; work is weak both conceptually & technically.

F: Complete lack of effort, no understanding of concepts. ** plus/minus assigned as needed

A=100-95, A-=94-90=, B+=89-87, B=86-84, B-=83-80, C+=79-77, C=76-74, D+=69-66, D=65-63, D-=62-60, F=59-50 ** There is no longer a grade of C-. 

Students with Disabilities
Towson University (TU) is in full compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students with disabilities should register with the office for Students with Disabilities (Dowell Hall, Second Level, 410-830-2638) after admission to ensure the timely provision of required support services. Students must provide documentation of a disability from the TU Office for Students with Disabilities. Please see the web site at:

Civility Policy: COFAC places a priority on learning. We value the inherent worth and dignity of every person, thereby fostering a community of mutual respect. Students have the right to a learning environment free of disruptive behaviors and offensive comments. Faculty has the right to define appropriate behavioral expectations in the classroom and expect students to abide by them. Faculty has the responsibility to manage and address classroom disruption. Staff has the right and responsibility to define appropriate behaviors necessary to conduct any university activity free of disruption or obstruction. 

We believe that in order to achieve these ideals, all COFAC students, staff, and faculty are expected to exhibit and practice civil behaviors that exemplify: (1) respecting faculty, staff, fellow students, guests, and all university property, policies, rules and regulations; (2) taking responsibility for one’s choices, actions and comments; (3) delivering correspondence – whether verbal, nonverbal, written, or electronic – with respectful language using professional writing standards and etiquette; and (4) accepting consequences of one’s choices and actions. 

The use of offensive, threatening or abusive language, writing, or behavior will not be tolerated and can lead to academic dismissal. Further information about civility can be found in Appendix F of the university catalog and at this link:

Weapons Policy
Towson University prohibits the possession or control of any weapon while on university property.

Inclement Weather Policy: 
If a delayed opening for the University is called due to inclement weather, those classes that are scheduled to meet once a week will still meet in an abbreviated form provided that at least one hour of class time remains. Students are expected to arrive in class upon the opening of the University as deemed safe for travel by the University administration.

LEARNING & GRADING In Our Virtual Classroom:
At this unique time it is important to be attentive to your class meeting times, pay close attention to project details, turn work in on time and in the proper digital format.  

• During our Zoom meetings we will start off with a "weekly-warm up" drawing that will be turned in at the end of class time each week.
• Next I will go over any assignments and class information for the week ahead.  
• Then we will work together and do in-class mini-projects/techniques when necessary. (Some of these will be posted as videos on this blog)
• I will stay on Zoom after our meeting and help anyone who needs it. 

• Once our Zoom meeting is over, you will have until the end of our scheduled class time to complete and turn in your assignments from the day. If you do not turn this in on time your grade will decrease by 1/2 a letter grade for each day it is late/after a week it becomes a zero-so PLEASE do not miss turning in any work. Grades add up.

I expect everyone to not only show up on time to Zoom meetings but to be an active participant AND because this is a Studio Art Class I expect everyone to turn ON their cameras and be ready to work for the entire Zoom. 

FINAL WORD ON GRADING: Because we are Not in the classroom, grading projects can be challenging. You NEED to show your work in the best possible visual way. I need students to follow the Submission Guidelines for turning in work. After the first week of assignments I will not accept work that has not been prepared properly & formatted. I will go over these guidelines on our first day so that this won't be a problem for you.  

Attendance will be counted by logging into Zoom each class and working along with me. (*Zoom records your time and attendance for each class.)

*Although absences may be “excused” with proper documentation per the University’s policy, please note that excessive absences, even when excused, may have an adverse impact on your grade simply due to the difficulty of making up missed content outside of class. If you foresee the need to miss a substantial portion of class, please communicate with me about it immediately so we can devise a plan of action.

It is the regular policy of the university to excuse the absences of students for the following reasons: illness or injury when the student is unable to attend class death of a family member (see the Student Bereavement Procedure on the website) religious observance where the nature of the observance prevents the student from attending class participation in university activities at the request of university authorities (e.g., Intercollegiate Athletics, Forensics Team, Dance Company, etc.) 

• Compelling verifiable circumstances beyond the control of the student

Students requesting an excused absence must provide documentation to the instructor one week prior to the scheduled absence when known in advance or as soon as possible when not known in advance. Absences that do not fall into any of the above categories are unexcused. Students who are absent virtual class are is responsible for any missed work, assignments or assessments (e.g., quizzes, tests, papers, etc.)

• Students who have an approved absence and who can NOT get work completed on the the day of the missed class must contact me and let me know so we can proceed. Since all work and assignments are posted each week-missing 

ATTENDANCE & Supplies:
Your Supply list will be posted before class starts. Please make sure you have ALL of your supplies on hand& ready to use since I do jump around a bit using different materials weekly. IF you do not have your supplies on-hand each week you can not do the in-class assignments and can not get proper credit for class for the day. So place, get you supplies right away - as we will start working on day one. 

• All work needs to be finished and turned in on time to receive full credit. Any work that is not turned in on time will be late and will get a reduction of 1/2 a letter grade.

• Any late work that is not completed and turn in after one week will be a zero. 

• PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU ARE HAVING ISSUES and do NOT let Missed Work becoming a problem.

Students who turn in a project On Time and receive a grade of a C or below have to opportunity to go back and rework that project and turn it back in for the option to be re-graded. It does not mean you will get an A+ but with some work you can improve it.
(* No more than three times.) 

Class Dates to remember:
JANUARY  27th & 28th-Classes start: Intro to Class and Intro to the first project 
MAY 18th: Last Exam Day -All work due


Welcome to the upcoming SPRING 2021 Art 106
My name is Jane Wynn and I am your instructor
I put together a "Visual" shopping list with photos of your supplies-with plenty of time before this semester starts-so you will them and be ready to work. Shop smart-use coupons when you can. Please have all of these items so we can start working on day one. 

If you have questions just ask (email me: and I will help you find these materials.

I am attaching the PDF for you here if you want to print it out. 

EDIT: 9 x 12 BRISTOL Paper will work instead of 8 x 10 if you can't find it

Download SUPPLYLIST106S202