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Instructor Info:Andrea Dezso
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM - 03:20 PM Arts Barn STUDIO 1
12:30 PM - 03:20 PM Arts Barn STUDIO 1

Using a range of materials and artistic approaches we aim to develop a strong sense of familiarity and deepen our connection with drawing. We'll use graphite, color pencils, markers as well as some unconventional drawing materials to explore their unique expressive potential. You will be encouraged to carefully observe your surroundings and use personal experience as a departure point for drawing. Every student will keep a sketchbook or visual journal in which they will develop ideas and document their artistic process and experiments with materials. Prerequisite: Drawing 100 or equivalent.

Course Objectives:

Students will deepen their drawing practice by being asked to approach the elements of drawing including the line, the tone and conventional drawing assignments such as the portrait, the figure, the still life in new and unconventional ways. Exposing students to experimentation with unconventional materials and probing the limits of the media, of authorship itself, encouraging students to regard drawing as a powerful artistic practice that can give voice to serious social issues through exposing them to the work of certain contemporary artists and conducting research into influences of artists to discover fascinating lineages are the objectives of this course.

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluations will be contingent upon attendance, timely completion of all in-class and homework assignments, sketchbook and classroom participation. More than two unexcused absences might result in a “No-Eval”.

Additional Info:

Class Structure

There will be four distinct thematic sections to the class (noted I-IV in the Schedule section of the syllabus). Each section will be introduced by a presentation and discussion and followed by a number of studio sessions. Critiques and discussions of work will be offered individually in an ongoing way during studio sessions and also as a group at least once during each thematic section. 

Sketchbook Requirement

You will be expected to draw in your sketchbook every day – complete one spread each day– as part of your homework. What you draw in your sketchbook is entirely up to you. Students might continue to draw along the same themes explored during class; use their sketchbooks to visually document their lives; draw from observation; plan or work out ideas or do something entirely different. You are completely free to draw in your sketchbook whatever and however you want, the point here is to work regularly every single day. 


There will be readings, images and videos I will share on Moodle that you will be expected to become familiar with and discuss in class.


Students who miss a class are expected to find out what they missed from a classmate and make up the work in a timely manner. I do not provide critique and/or make-up sessions for missed classes via email or during office hours. More than two unexcused absences might result in a “No-Eval”.

Office Hours 

Students can sign up for my office hours on Hampedia:

Wednesdays between 4:10 am - 5:40 

Thursdays between 10:30 am - noon at Andrea Dezsö's office in the Art Barn (2nd floor).

Please note

Students are expected to be set up and be ready to work when class starts. You might have to arrive a few minutes early to set up. Students are expected to clean up after themselves before the end of class. 

Materials List

Some materials including basic paper, roll paper, charcoal, ink, paint, brushes, crayons will be provided by the studio. There will be a $25 lab fee to help offset these expenses. 

You will need to provide the following materials: 

Graphite pencils (at least two of each): 8B, 6B, 4B, 2B, B, HB 

(at least one of each): H, 2H, 4H, 6H, 9H

Kneaded eraser, white eraser, pencil sharpener

Water-based or alcohol-based brush-tip markers (different brands will be shown during the first class) at least 5 colors including the primaries: red, yellow, blue.

Prismacolor pencils (at least 10 colors including the primaries: red, yellow, blue)

Brushes, size 10 or 12 (artificial hair is OK, for water-based paints or multimedia)

1 water container

1 sketchbook (at least 8 x 10 size) blank, un-lined