These critiques are very important days, in which you will get direct feedback from your instructor and your classmates. These home assignments will vary between sketchbook exercises, portfolio drawings, reading and writing assignments, artist research, etc and will most likely take the shape of portfolio work, blog assignments, and/or sketchbook assignments. I will check sketchbooks periodically during the semester. You will be responsible for checking this blog at least once per week.
You will be responsible for keeping a sketchbook throughout the semester. The blog will be your digital classroom where critique photographs, drawing resources, artist resources, and other important information will be stored.
Lectures, demonstrations, and project descriptions will not be repeated for absent or tardy students. An extended student illness requires a doctor’s documentation and the consultation and assistance of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs respectively, and is the responsibility of the student.
Leaving class early without permission or arriving in excess of fifteen minutes late will be considered as one [01.0] full absence. Extenuating circumstances are at the discretion of the professor.
As the professor has the responsibility for presenting and directing the main body of day-to-day class content, so too it is each student’s responsibility to engage in the critical/intellectual discourse that evolves from that presentation.
Knowledge is gained not merely by accumulating information through lecture or demonstration, but by examination, question, and assimilation.” You will learn from me and from your peers, so it is very important to be in class. It would be wise to save your 2 allowable absences in anticipation of emergencies.via Austin Kleon/CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art Related Content: John Baldessari’s “I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art”: A 1971 Conceptual Art Piece/DIY Art Course A Brief History of John Baldessari, Narrated by Tom Waits Watch Chris Burden Get Shot for the Sake of Art (1971) Metropolis II: Chris Burden’s Amazing, Frenetic Mini-City Ted Mills is a freelance writer on the arts who currently hosts the artist interview-based Funk Zone Podcast.You can also follow him on Twitter at @tedmills, read his other arts writing at and/or watch his films here.Looking back at his class assignments, which you can see here, here, and here, it’s like seeing the seeds of ideas that were to be turned into whole careers by the likes of Cindy Sherman, Wayne White, Komar & Melamid, and others.Here’s a selection of favorites: Some of these assignments are intentionally silly. But all are meant to wake the artist up to the possibilities of the form.We will work primarily in black dry media such as charcoal, pencil, conte on paper.The freedom you will earn as you get into more advanced classes is not as evident in Drawing I, as many of the drawings we will do are geared for a particular learning experience.This is an introductory class which will expose the student to a number of traditional skills and ideas that have occupied artists throughout history.The class involves drawing from direct observation with an emphasis on space, volume, linear and free hand perspective, and other basic techniques and concepts.In 1970, when conceptual artist John Baldessari was teaching studio art at the experimental Cal Arts campus near Valencia, CA, the assignments he handed out to his class were art in themselves.Humorous, confounding, sometimes very specific but often like zen koans, the assignments must have come as a shock, especially to those students with a more traditional sense of what constitutes art.