Class Schedule

9am-3pm / Wednesday
Room #201

At school:
Parsons Paris, 45 rue Saint-Roch, 75001 Paris

Field trips:
– Week 3 (09/18/13) Musée du Louvre, 162 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
(M1: Louvre Rivoli and Palais Royal Musée du Louvre)
– Week 6 (10/09/13) Galerie de la Grande Évolution & Jardin des plantes, 36 Rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, 75005 Paris (M5 : Austerlitz – M7: Censier Daubenton – M10: Jussieu ou Austerlitz – RER C)
– Week 9 (11/06/13) Esplanade de La Défense, La Défense 10, 35 Cours Michelet, 92060 Puteaux
(M1: La Défense, RER A)


Week 1 – 09/04
General meeting and syllabus review

Lecture: History of Drawing
– Drawing basic exercises (with hay.)
– Learn methods of describing objects in terms of line, value, shape and texture.
– Explore the principles of light, space, composition and perspective using a variety of media and techniques.
–  Keeping a sketchbook: exercise and experiment
– How to introduce drawing into your digital project/research (e.g. online blogs/journals.)

In class drawings: exercises
Out of class drawings: Fill up the sketchbook with 15 sketches using line, composition, shape and texture. Subject of choice and sketch every day. Due next class


Week 2 – 09/11
Proportion and measuring
– Focus on basic drawing elements including line, texture, shading, and composition, then learn and practice a variety of techniques with different media such as leads, kneaded erasers, ink, charcoal and pencils.
– Direction of form and other sighting techniques.
– Introduction to six pencil techniques: shading, broad strokes, chisel point, fines lines, hatching and cross-hatching.
– Comparison: horizontal and vertical / size / arranging objects / light and dark.

In class drawings: exercises (negative shape, spatial grids, organization: size, overlapping, contrast, transparency, etc.)
Assignment 1:  Create a storyboard consisting of six sequences. Tell the story using various techniques.  Please bring working sketches, research and produce the final work with Photoshop or Illustrator. Due on 10/02/13


Week 3 – 09/18
Field trip #1: Musée du Louvre (Greek Sculpture, The Human Body)
– Introduction to the Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities.
– Observational Drawing.
– Using objects and sculptures from the Louvre’s collection as inspiration.

In class drawings: exercises
Out of class drawings: Still life (consisting of various objects with different tone, texture, size, shape.) Draw every day the same still life for a week. Due next class


Week 4 – 09/25
Figure anatomy I (Nude female model) – The body
– Warm-up series of short poses, then draw from a long pose for the majority of the class.
– Explore different drawing techniques including shading, proportion, perspective, and composition.
– Reviewing fundamentals: materials, scale and multi-figure composition.
– Explore contemporary methods of drawing that consider various issues related to the politics of the body: What is a body? How we represent different bodies?

Review & group critique:  Out of class drawings/exercises.

In class drawings:  Studies of body parts (head, hands, feet.) Illustrate particular meanings using gestures and facial expressions.
Assignment 2: Gender, sexuality and “butch” identity (What is gender? How does gender affect representations of the body?)   Please bring working sketches, research and produce the final work with Photoshop or Illustrator. Due on 10/16/13


Week 5 – 10/02
Figure anatomy II (Nude male model) – The human figure
– Warm-up series of short poses, then draw from a long pose for the majority of the class.
– Sequential line, line networks & clustering lines (use line variation to heighten the illusion of three dimensions.)
– The human body as a basis for the study of gesture, line, plane, and volume.
– Methods of observation and measurement.
– Composition figure and background (positive and negative) space; rhythm and gesture drawing.

Review & group critique:  Assignment 1 and out of class drawings/exercises.

In class drawings: exercises (figure, composition and background.)
Out of class drawing: Draw a series of work: your foot and your hand (contour & cross contour techniques.) Due next class


Week 6 – 10/09
Field trip #2: Galerie de la Grande Évolution & Jardin des plantes (Adventure drawing)
– Observational Drawing.
– Combine and learn skills in composition layout, and basic drawing technique to create unique, thought-out, and original drawings.

In class drawings: exercises (animal & botanical scenes)
Assignment 3: Still life in color (consisting of various objects with different techniques.)  Please bring working sketches, research and produce the final work with Photoshop or Illustrator. Due on 10/23/13


Week 7 – 10/16
Multiple Point Perspective and Foreshortening
– Linear perspective: one point and two points; multiple perspectives.
– “Real space and represented space: Cross-cultural perspectives.”
– Fabric structure and drawing.

Review & group critique:  Assignment 2 and out of class drawings/exercises.

In class drawings: exercises
Out of class drawing: Multiple point perspective and foreshortening drawings (e.g. draw a street view, a book, etc.) Due next class


Week 8 – 10/23
Object design
Lecture: Design: senses/emotion or reason/order
– Introduction to ergonomic principles of industrial design.
– Increase perception and observation.
– Digital tools as part of the creative process.
– Participatory and collective digital interfaces.
– Midterm critiques and individual meetings.

In class exercises: digital tools (a series of work with a focus on textiles and fiber or 3D object design (e.g. wearable, jewelry, architectural design and product design.)
Assignment 4: Looking at things differently – a visual and tactile experience. Please bring working sketches, research and produce a 3D object with paper inspired by architecture (e.g. pop-up book, CD/DVD cover, etc.) Due on 11/20/13

Midterm portfolio: 3 assignments, 3 out of class drawings/exercises,
10 in class drawings/exercises and sketchbook.


Week 9 – 11/06
Field trip #3: Esplanade de La Défense (Architectural drawing)
– Analyze relationships through perspective drawing.
– Geometry, volume, space, time, construction, structure, mechanics, proportion, scale, anatomy.
– Students sketch using a variety of analytical approach, focusing on producing drawings that are exploratory and diagnostic rather than direct pictorial representations.
– Moving action drawing.

In class drawings:  drawing, digital tools, photography, etc. (perspective.)
Assignment 5: Museum/gallery exhibition review (Mind Map review allowed). Due on 12/04/13


Week 10 – 11/13
Figure anatomy III (Nude female/male model) – Anatomy
– Emphasis on advanced elements of composition, anatomy, use of illusions, and finding an individual artistic direction.
– Analytical studies based on intense observation (body structure, proportions, skeleton and muscles.)
– Develop an understanding of the skeletal and muscular relationships of human anatomy.
– Achieving atmosphere, techniques of figure in perspective.
– Contemporary drawing using digital devices (iPads, iPhones, Smartphones, etc.)

In class drawings: exercises (digital drawing.)
Out of class drawing: Make a series of self-portrait sequences (at least 6) representing your stylization process. Use the best materials to express your process – self-portrait must be from a mirror.


Week 11 – 11/20
Introduction to Surrealism
Lecture: Depiction and Representation in Surrealism
– Introduction to the cut-up technique / aleatory literary technique.
– Introduction to media drawing (photography, collage, computer based art, etc.)

– “Typography is what language looks like.”
– Analyze relationships between text and image, as part of social part of language.
– Narrative and texts will be explored using a variety of drawing means and print media.

 Review & group critique:  Assignment 3 & 4 and out of class drawings/exercises.

In class exercises: drawing & digital tools
Assignment 6: Create a poster (18 x 24” minimum) using a Surrealist technique and digital tools (e.g. exquisite corpse.)  Please use human figure and text, and literature or music as inspiration. Composition should incorporate a positive and negative space interaction.  Please bring working sketches, research and produce the final work with Photoshop or Illustrator. Due on 12/04/13


Week 12 – 11/27
The Golden Mean / Rule of thirds
Lecture: “Crush the Composition”
– Understand composition in photography: visual ordering vs. formal structure.
– Duration and environment in digital arts.
– Generate imagery using alternative drawing techniques, photography and digital resources.
– Introduction to printmaking techniques.

In class exercises: drawing, digital tools, photography, etc.
Assignment 7: Mind maps: ideas and concepts. Make a formal analysis (a diagram) of a conference or an art exhibition connecting ideas and concepts graphically. Due on 12/11/13


Week 13 – 12/04
Represented spaces: making meaning, representing things.
– Drawing/Imaging from memory (real and constructed spaces.)
– Conditions and systems of representation.
– Formulating processes with digital resources.
– Introduction to digital interfaces.
–  Stylization strategies (morphing.)
– Real space vs. virtual space.
– Conceptual drawing and post-digital drawing techniques.

 Review & group critique:  Assignment 5 & 6 and out of class drawings/exercises.

In class exercises: digital tools (design a conceptual drawing for virtual space – second life) including: human figure, landscape, architecture, objects, nature, etc.
Out of class exercise: Create a body of work that addresses narrative (based on the subjects discussed in class) with a focus on time-based forms: flip books, pop-up books.)  Bring the process sketches and resources. Due next class


Week 14 – 12/11
Collective critiques – Faculty


Week 15 – 12/18
Digital literacy: 21st century
Lecture: Context, representation and signification
– Introduction to practices using:  data visualization, game design, mobile media, programming, social media, design research, installation, interface design, etc.
– Compare and contrast similar styles of works done in digital media with those with materials traditionally used in the visual arts.
– Explore representation and meaning to context and cultural influences (e.g. art and social change, identity, collective memory, meaning-making, symbolic boundaries, etc.)
– Sharing codes: same culture vs. same representation?

Final Review – Academic Review and Examination

Final Portfolios: 7 assignments, 6 out of class drawings/exercises, 20 in class drawings/exercises, sketchbook, museum/gallery paper and written response to core questions.