January 25, 2001

124A Drawing Fall 1999
(Tues. and Thursday 1 1AM – 1:50PM) Room H1 153
Office hours: Tues.Thurs. 2-3:30 and by appointment

Course Objectives: Conceptual, technical and intuitive
-To learn a variety of techniques and approaches for drawing:
-The course shall have an experimental flavor with an emphasis on creative, conceptual, and unconventional thinking, in addition to the development of important drawing skills and formal elements.
– The course will also focus on the development of a collaborative book on botanical remedies (practical and magical). The book will be printed, displayed, and distributed; Each student will receive a copy. It will contain drawings of plants or representations of ideas about the remedies, portraits or related drawings about the source of the remedy, and text of the remedies and stories.
– A Service Learning component will include visits to a local middle school, to work collaboratively with these students on environmental projects that merge drawing with science.

Tues. Aug.31
Introduction to class and materials
Field trip forms

Thurs. Sept. 2
Starting today, always bring all drawing materials and cutting supplies to each class, including field trips.
Drawing session: Forms and line/Drawing fundamentals
Handout: Vocabulary list for the semester

Tues. Sept.7
Drawing session: Light and shadow/Geometric forms
Video: Charles and Ray Eames, The Power of Ten.

Thurs. Sept. 8
Meet at the Herbarium on campus; Science Building 1, Third Floor, Room 1372.
Bring your drawing pads, boards, and drawing supplies. Bring a magnifying glass.We are going to draw on site at the lab.
Today, we are going to hear about specimen. We will see some of their botanical books and draw using a microscope and your magnifying glass. It is critical that you take notes on the field trips in order to write the accompanying text and descriptions for the book we are creating in the herbarium, via Professor Jim Hogue.

Tues. Sept.1
In addition to your other drawing supplies, bring your magnifying glass; mat knife and new blades; masking tape; if you have it, bring a cutting mat
Drawing session: Drawing from constructed models/Texture
Topics-: Understanding composition Video: Diego Rivera

Thurs, Sept.16
Drawing session: High contrast in compositions; Working from a constructed modelIntroduction to the Smog Collector project.

Due for next class:
1. Bring in an object (not a photo or 2-D image!!!!) that relates in some way(either by similarity, explanation, or contrast) to the concept of Pollution.

2. Bring in at least five 2-dimensional examples of images that relate to pollution. These will be made available to the middle school students during the Service Learning.

3. Bring in an old dinner plate or small piece of plexiglass for the Smog Collector project. Tues. SWI.21 Drawing session: Translate your pollution object into a stencil image. Transfer image to the adhesive paper (Abeles will supply) and using your exacto knife, cut a Smog Collector to be placed on your plate or plexiglass. These will be placed out in the environment to make images from smog and then used to show the high school students. Topic: Uses and techniques for stencil drawings/Tracing paper and transfer method Assignment for Sept. 23 class: Bring in two objects (not photos or 2-dimensional solutions) that are in opposition or tension to one another.

4. Ink drawings on wood: ozone experiment using rubber bands. Using the two objects you brought into class, create ink drawings on paper, and then transfer the images to wood. (Abeles will bring rubber bands, hammers, and nails to class.) Topics: Figure-ground reversal; Symmetrical and asymmetrical compositions Exercise: Calligraphy using a sumi brush and ink

Tues. Sept. 2
Field Trip downtown L.A. to Abeles studio and a medicinal herb garden. As always,bring all drawing materials. You will sketch on site following a discussion by Dr.Michael Weintraub about medicinal herb. It is critical that you take notes on the fieldtrips in order to write the accompanying text and descriptions for the book we arecreating.

Thurs. Sept.30
Drawing session: You will create tattoo images generated from the drawings created atthe field trip on Sept. 28. If you do not want a henna tattoo on your body, bring infriend during the second half of class.
Sample books: Various styles of artists' books will be made available for you to see.These will show many approaches to composition and conceptual content in 2-dimensional art.

ASSIGNMENT FOR COLLABORATIVE BOOK: Begin inquiries with familymembers and elder friends about personal remedies using plants. To fulfill theassignment, at least one of the individuals you use as a source must be over 70 years inage. There will be several aspects to this project and the final book may include thestories, the background of the person or family (origin, maps, family tree images, etc.),portraits of the person, drawings of the plant, the remedies, descriptive drawings showing the remedy or ailment. This book will contain practical and magical remedies. The drawings from the fieldtrips to the herbarium and the medicinal herb garden will be included in the final book. It is therefore critical that you take notes on the field trips in order to write the accompanying text and descriptions. Assignment for Oct. 7: Bring in 25 images of nature in your home. Twenty are to be photographed and five are to be completed drawings

Tues. Oct.5
Drawing session: Still life of nature as seen in one's home
Video: Guillermo Gomez-Pefia and Coco Fusco Preparation for Service Learning

Thurs. Oct.7
Collage: Grid a piece of paper and make a grid of the photographic and drawn images of nature that you were assigned to collect. Arrange parts on the grid by concentrating on compositional strength for the final piece
.Drawing session: reflections
Preparation for Service Learning

Tues. Oct.12
Service Learning Bring your Smog Collectors to show the students. In teams, you will discuss ideas about composition, stencils, and figure-ground reversal with the students. You will assist middle school students with the creation of their own Smog Collectors to be placed outdoors.

Thurs. Oct.14
Service Learning Assist Middle School students with the completion of their own Smog Collectors.

Tues. Oct.19
Service Learning at Middle School: assist students with their own ozone-rubber band experiment.

Thurs. Oct. 21
Service Learning assist students with the completion of the ozone-rubber band experiment. Determine where the test sites will be for exposing the rubber bands. Assignment for October 26: Bring in an object that has a metaphorical value to it, and relates to one of the remedies (or its ailment) that you have discovered. This will be used as a subject for a drawing and can become a part of our book.

Tues. Oct.26
Drawing session: Create a drawing that includes objects having metaphorical value.Develop a composition with the use of tracing paper. Consider scale, juxtaposition,contrast, and transforming rigid objects into amorphous forms, as a language tocommunicate your viewpoint. This will be used as a subject for a drawing and canbecome a part of our book.
Topic- Metaphorical value of objects

Thurs. Oct. 28
Artist Willy Garcia will come to class to discuss his photographs related to nature.These have a strong emphasis on drawing techniques.
Drawing session
: Complete metaphorical object drawing in class

Field trip to the San Gabriel Mountains to sketch on-site indigenous California plants. There will be a discussion and plant identification lead by Professor Jim Hogue, followed by time for drawing. It is critical that you take notes on the field trips in order to write the accompanying text and descriptions for the book we are creating. Some specimen will be brought back for the next class session. Remember to pick specimen under Professor Hogue's guidance.

Thurs. Nov.4
Drawing session: Complete drawings of plants brought back from the field trip. You are to complete three drawings with descriptive text including the name of the plant, its features, and medicinal qualities.

Tues. Nov.9
Field Trip to the Museum of Jurassic Technology and the Center for Environmental Conservation in Culver City. This visit will be a source of macabre remedies.

Thurs. Nov.11
Bring in actual plants or parts of the plants that refer to the remedies you uncoveredduring your discussions with elders and family or friends. Approach your drawings from3 points of view or intentions to create three different drawings:
1.Details with the magnifying glass
2.Rendered drawing of the form of the plant or leaf
3. Composition created by abstracting the plant and observing it from various viewpoints.

Tues. Nov.16
Drawing session and slide presentation: Guest artist Barbara Thomason will instruct about perspective. She will also show slides of her work.

Thurs. Nov.18
Drawing session: Guest artist Barbara Thomason will continue instruction onperspective.

Tues. Nov.2
Planning session for book: Today, we will compile the drawings completed to date and assess the possibilities for the book. We will discuss content, format, computer use for the book, fonts, credit lines (people who assisted), and strategies for its completion. Thanksgiving break will give you a chance to interview additional family members and friends about remedies.

Thurs. Nov.25 Thanksgiving

Nov. 30, Dec. 2, Dec. 7
Three classes will be assigned for drawings related to the book and production for computer scanning, text input, and page design. All collected drawings and layouts are due on Dec, 7 and we will discuss and coil the original copy of the book. These will be Xeroxed and compiled during the final's date.

Finals Week- week of Dec. 1
Compile books and distribute.

Drawing clipboard 24" x26" or make one out of wood with clips
Strathmore Drawing Tablet 18 x 24" (80 LB.)
Drawing pencils: 6B, 4B, HB, 3H
Charcoal pencil
Compressed charcoal (soft)
Kneaded eraser
Magnifying glass
An old plate or a small piece of glass or Plexiglas
Roll of masking tape (1" wide)
Metal ruler (12" – 18")
X-ACTO # 11 knife with extra blades
Mat knife and extra blades
India Ink (or film ink is preferable)
Small size sumi brush (to be used with the ink)
Triangle (smaller size is OK)
Glue stick
I sheet of fine grit sandpaper or sanding block for pencils
*pencil sharpener
* Cutting mat

Continental Art Supplies, 7041 Reseda, 3.5 miles south CSUN, past Sherman Way
Mixed Media Lindley &Plummer


Attendance is mandatory. Early departures will be noted and deducted (3 early departures are considered as 1 absence).
After 4 absences, your grade is reduced by a letter grade.


Assignments are due on the dates indicated. If you cannot complete a sculpture during class, then you must complete it as homework. Work that is turned in late will be lowered by a letter grade. Each project receives a grade; these are added together and averaged by the number of projects to determine your final grade.
Each project will receive three letter grades according to the evaluation of the following:

1. Effort: involvement, self-motivation, and participation in class
2. Aesthetic accomplishment and craft. (Effort and quality of work)
3. Creative solutions (Risk-taking and imagination)

Exercises will receive one letter grade. Homework assignments that prepare you for the projects will be due on the date indicated and completion of these will be noted. Incomplete preparation assignments will affect your grade.

Poor attitude will affect your grade negatively.
This syllabus is subject to changes, so please take note of this during class instruction.
If you are absent, it is your responsibility to make inquiries through another student about notes, changes, demonstrations/information, and requirements that occur during the missed class session.
You will be warned by mid-term if you are falling below a C level of work.

School: California State University, Northridge
Professor: Kim Abeles
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