ART 020S - Beginning Drawing                        

                                                                                                                                Associate Professor Fred Haag

M WF 10:00 am –11:45 a.m.  Room 110 PAC                           

Associate Professor Fred Haag         office phone: 771-4044                    

office: rm#111 PAC                           E-mail:



Course Description Drawing with an emphasis on the organization and development of

drawing skills through a variety of techniques, materials, and tools.



Course Objectives              

ART 020 is designed to expose students to the concepts, concerns, and techniques of drawing. 

The course will be constructed upon direct observation, drawing exercises,

the visual interpretation of subject matter, and problem solving.  The goal of the course is to enable

students to gain a visual vocabulary, sound foundation drawing skills, and criteria for personal

evaluation, along with an appreciation for the visual arts.


Outline            1) Introduction Basic Drawing Elements and Materials

                                                A. Line Exploration

                                                                1. contour and gesture

                                                                2. Computer Line Exercises

                                                                3. calligraphic and expressive

                                                                4. diagrammatic line, the sculptor’s space

                                                B. Composition

                                                                1. negative space

                                                                2. utilization of the page

                                                                3. Computer Design

                                                C. Shapes, Value, Tone and Texture

                                                D. Mass and Volume

                                                                1. modeling                          

                                                                2. chiaroscuro

                                2) Expanding Drawing Problems

                                                A. Interior / Exterior

                                                B. Landscape

                                                C. Figure/ Ground Relationships

                                3) Human Figure

                                                A. Proportion

                                                B. Structure and Volume

                                                C. Creating a likeness

                                4) Expressive Alternatives



Requirements Students will complete various in-class exercises (some to be graded) and submit

a completed drawing each Friday for an in-class critique.  These weekly works will constitute the

assignments mentioned below.  Students will also keep a sketchbook for independent lab work;  

drawing at least five (5) studies/sketches per week.  These will be reviewed periodically.



Grading Policy The grading criteria involves the degree of the student's discipline, academic

performance, adherence to goals and rules of assignments, progression of one's work, and a dedicated

attitude toward attendance.  In class work time or studio time is essential in an art course, after three

(3) absences the grade will be reduced by one grade level. The student will be evaluated and graded

on the in-class work and the weekly critique drawings (usually weighted at 100 points) and a final

portfolio project worth 200 points.  Sketchbook reviews and performance in critiques will also be




see Policies Below



1.       Examinations will take the form of weekly and bi-weekly projects based on material and

      ideas provided in class lectures and exercises.


                A. Each project to be weighted at 100-200 points

                B. Total of approx. 1400 points for the semester

                C. Occasional in-class work will be assigned, not to exceed 25 points per project.


                2. Examinations/Projects will be graded on the following:


                A. Following the Problem

                B. Craft and Technique

                C. Creative Design Solutions

                D. Presentation and critical discussion


3.       Students will be required to keep a sketchbook, or portfolio. At least 5 works per week should

      be developed independently for later review.


4.       Student's participation in class critiques is essential in developing a good artistic drawing/

      design sense. Participation and attendance will influence grades.


5.       The Final Project will be a large Double Weighted * assignment to be completed and critiqued

      for final exam week.

                                                                                * 200 points




1.       All assigned work must be handed in during the class period. I will not accept any assignments

      outside of class or via my mailbox.


2.       Late Work.  I will not accept late work (designs and projects) unless the following criteria are



-  instructor must be contacted before the deadline (no extensions will be granted on the

   date that the work is due).

                                - the student provides evidence of work in progress.

                                - a timetable for completion is established.


                                Late work that is granted an extension will have 5% deducted from the grade for each day

                        the work is late (see grading policy). 


If this policy is not used the late work will receive an F. However, all design assignments and other work must be completed in order to pass the course.


3. Policy on Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. If you

are caught cheating or plagiarizing you will be disciplined according to University

Policy. Potential punishment ranges from a 0% for the work, to an F grade assigned

for the course, along with possible disciplinary committee action.


Academic Integrity: All students are expected to act with civility, personal integrity; respect other students' dignity, rights and property; and help

create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their own efforts.  An environment of academic integrity is requisite

to respect for self and others and a civil community.


Academic integrity includes a commitment to not engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception.  Such acts of dishonesty

include cheating or copying, plagiarizing, submitting another persons' work as one's own, using Internet sources without citation, fabricating field data

or citations, "ghosting" (taking or having another student take an exam), stealing examinations, tampering with the academic work of another student,

facilitating other students' acts of academic dishonesty, etc.


Students charged with a breach of academic integrity will receive due process and, if the charge is found valid, academic sanctions may range, depending

on the severity of the offense, from F for the assignment to F for the course.  


The University's statement on academic integrity, from which the above statement is drawn, is available at

 University's Statement on Academic Integrity


4. Attendance and deportment. I expect students to attend classes, to be in class on

time, and to behave in a manner that shows respect for fellow students, myself, and

the values of the University. If students are absent, they are not taking the course, and

they should either drop the class or be willing to accept a failing grade.  After five (5) absences your grade will be

lowered by half a letter grade. Between six and eleven

(6-11) absences will result in the grade being lowered an entire letter grade. After

twelve (12) absences, students are urged to drop the course. Too much will be missed,

and your class participation and collaborative learning exercises will result in a failing grade.

Students that are more than five minutes late will be considered absent. 

Tardiness is disruptive and disrespectful.


Disruptive individuals will be reported to the Director of Academic Affairs and/

or they will be dismissed from the classroom.  Disruptive behavior includes actions

that interfere with, hinder, obstruct, or prevent the regular operation of the University

or actions that infringe upon the rights of others to participate freely in its programs

and services.  By disruptive, I do not mean students who are engaging in the values

of the University: the search for truth; the freedom of thought, inquiry, and speech;

the freedoms to hear, examine, and debate theories, data, and views.    


5. Students with Disabilities Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. If you have a disability-related

need for modifications or reasonable accommodations in this course, are encouraged to make an appointment to see me.  Students with disabilities who

may need disability-related classroom, testing or campus accommodations Please feel free to contact Dr. Cora Dzubak, Director

of The Learning Center to discuss any need for testing or other campus accommodations.


You may also contact the Office for Disability Services, ODS, located at 116 Boucke Building at 1-814-863-1807(V/TTY).

For further information regarding ODS please visit their web site at


Instructors should be notified as early in the semester as possible regarding the need for modification or reasonable accommodations.


6. "You are strongly encouraged to use your Penn State e-mail account to communicate with the instructor of this course. The instructor is not obliged to respond to messages sent by a student from a commercial account, e.g., AOL; yahoo; gmail; msn, etc."




Texts Optional

                *** On Drawing, second edition, Roger Winter   Available in PSU bookstore ***

                Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Dr. Betty Edwards

                The Art of Responsive Drawing, Nathan Goldstein         All Available in PSU

                The Natural Way to Draw, Kimon Nicholaides                 Library



Office Hours             I am in my office (room 111 PAC) on Mondays, Wednesday’s from 12:50 - 2:00, and

by Appointment if necessary.   phone: (717) 771-4044   E-mail:  fch2@               



COURSE CALENDER   ART 020 - Beginning Drawing        


Progression of the Course on a week by week basis


Week      1              Contour Line, Blind and Modified (pencil)                                                                                                                  

                                -These assignments will be both in and outside of class. The

                                concept demands a new approach to and conception of the role and

                                nature of drawing.

                2              Contour Drawing Continued                                                                                                            


                3              Gesture and Action Drawing (pencil and charcoal, computer)               

                                -Motion and energy of objects and figures will be emphasized

                                in these exercises.

                4              Calligraphic, Expressive, Diagrammatic Line (pencil, charcoal, ink) 

                                - Here the nature of mark making and the feel of the medium                

                                will play a crucial role in the development of your drawing.                                      

                5              Diagrammatic Line                                           (pencil and ink)                   

                                - Here the nature of spatial and proportional relationships

                                will be examined using a probing, expressive approach.


                6              Structural Line                                                   (pencil and ink)                   

                                - Using pen and ink and pencil we will explore the structural

                                and planar form of subjects.

                                                * Review Sketchbooks *

                7              Composition and Negative Space (pencil, ink, Macintosh)                      

                                - Greater concentration on the 'empty' or negative space

                                will place more importance upon the surface of your drawings

                                and force the drawing to work as a whole.


                8              Negative Space                   (ink and brushes, computer)                             


                9              Value, Tone, Form                             (charcoal, pencil, Macintosh)          

                                - Exploration of tone and chiaroscuro as it builds and reveals form.

                                introduction to traditional techniques of modeling.

                10           Value, Tone, Form, Modeling *(ink wash, charcoal, Macintosh)             


11       Value, Tone, Modeling, Lighting       (all available media)                                                     

                                                             * Review Sketchbooks * 


                12           Texture, Mass and Tone, Bulletin Board (pencil, chalk, charcoal)          

                                - Using earlier exercises and concepts we will explore the

                                potential for "fool the eye" imagery and graphic design.        

                                                Late drop deadline: Friday,



                13           Texture, Mass, Tone, Bulletin Board Continued                                       


                                                ...NO CLASS THANKSGIVING BREAK  November              

                14           Figure                   (assorted media)                                                                 

                                - The most common and popular subject in both Painting and

                                Drawing; we will explore proportion, structure, anatomy, and

                                the expressive possibilities of the human figure.


15           Figure                   (assorted media)                                                                 


                DUE  Final Project: Life Size Self-portrait (any media)                                     Final Exam Week

                                - The culmination of the semester calls for the development     Dec _________                  

of a life-size self-portrait, encompassing all of the ideas

                                and methods introduced during the semester.



Final Project: Life size self-portrait (any medium)                      

                                Final project will be critiqued during our scheduled Final Exam period        


Special Flu Protocols -In compliance with Pennsylvania Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control recommendations, students should NOT attend class or any public gatherings while ill with influenza. Students with flu symptoms will be asked to leave campus if possible and to return home during recovery. The illness and self-isolation period will usually be about a week. It is very important that individuals avoid spreading the flu to others.


Most students should be able to complete a successful semester despite a flu-induced absence.  I will provide students who are absent because of illness with a reasonable opportunity to make up missed work. Ordinarily, it is inappropriate to substitute for the missed assignment the weighting of a semester's work that does not include the missed assignment or exam. Completion of all assignments and exams assures the greatest chance for students to develop heightened understanding and content mastery that is unavailable through the weighting process. The opportunity to complete all assignments and exams supports the university's desire to enable students to make responsible situational decisions, including the decision to avoid spreading a contagious virus to other students, staff, and faculty, without endangering their academic work.


Students with the flu do not need to provide a physician's certification of illness.  However, ill students should inform me via email or ANGEL (but not through personal contact in which there is a risk of exposing others to the virus) as soon as possible that they are absent because of the flu.  Likewise students should contact me as quickly as possible to arrange to make up missed assignments or exams.


If you have questions about academic policy-related issues, please call Dr. Joseph P. McCormick (717) 771-4052 the Director of Academic Affairs. For health-related questions you can email Dr. Margaret Spear, director, University Health Services, at



This syllabus is subject to Revision








ART 020 Supplies       



18 x 24 newsprint pad


18 x 24 drawing paper pad


Graphite pencils HB, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, etc.


soft vine charcoal, compressed charcoal


masking tape and ruler


India ink


Hunt crow-quill pen


kneaded erasers


Assorted Watercolor Brushes




Assorted boxes, folders, water containers, etc.


Optional:   Compass, T - Square


Replacement pencils, paper, and  charcoal, along with other paints colors and supplies will be required as needed


Supply Stores:     Dick Blick’s

Art Depot, Mechanicsburg    

Penn State Book Store

                        Utrecht, Philly and Baltimore