Final Project and Final Portfolio Review


Hello Class-

It seems unbelievable but here we are in the final stretch of the semester!

Week 14 is this Thursday 12/7!

Remember DUE week 14 are your Final Portfolio & Sketchbook聽

( However, as we were at the museum this past week I am granting an extension to both, see below!聽)


Final Sketchbook聽 (20% of final grade)

Students may drop of Sketchbooks at the end of this week’s class for review.*

* Should students wish additional time they may choose an Openlab sketchbook submission.聽 If this is done your 4+ sketchbook pages per week must be uploaded to openlab, with the correct category tagged.聽 聽If pages are dark , blurry, or difficult to find as they were tagged incorrectly, this will negatively impact your grade.


Portfolio Review聽(25% of final grade)

Students Select 5-6 best Drawings and 1 Early Semester drawing for comparison.

Students are required to submit a portfolio of their classwork, homework, and聽 with dates and assignment noted on the back of drawings.

Portfolios should not consist of sketchbook drawings.聽 Students are welcome to draw new realistic drawing, portfolio pieces outside of class to supplement their portfolios in addition to classwork and homework drawings.

Portfolios will be collected on the last day of class.

Portfolios will available for return during office hours Spring 18.


Final Project ( 20% of final grade)

Remember your final project is a drawing of a location of your choice, from photo reference. The subject matter is entirely up to you, but you must create asense of realism and show depth, using聽as all of the skills we learned in class such as: perspective, a full range of value, and accurate proportion.聽聽It should be drawn at your highest level of finish.

More instructions on your Final Project

DUE for in class presentation 12/ 14.

Each student will give a short (3 minutes plus Q & A ) presentation on their art piece.

Tell us…

  • Name of the piece.
  • Show your reference.
  • Explain your inspiration.
  • Describe your processes and techniques.
  • Explain challenges and how you worked through them.




Final Project and Museum Tour instructions.


Hello class-

We will enter museum together and from that point can split into groups based on interest.

Looking at the museum map- choose 3 different galleries to visit in your 3 hour trip. Take the time in each gallery to view the work, and read the information written about the work. Then shoot reference photos to prepare yourself for drawing your final project at home.

Remember your final project is a drawing of a location of your choice using perspective, a full range of value, as well as all of the skills we learned in class. This drawing must be on the strathmore drawing paper and should have a nice clean border. 聽It should be drawn at your highest level of finish.

Take time in each gallery to plan your composition. Take photos of all the details you plan to draw.

Finally post a photo of yourself in location you will be drawing along with a quick sketch ( approximately 4″x5″) of your composition, and write a short blog post explaining why you chose that location, to OPENLAB.

This is due for review by the morning 12/ 7, 9 am latest.

Be sure to bring your reference photos and work in progress to class on 12/7.



Field Trip To the Metropolitan Museum of Art


On Thursday November 30th we will meet during normal class hours 2:30- 5:50 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Please be prepared to sketch on site as well as take pictures to be used as reference materials for your final project. 聽Please look at the Metropolitan Museum of Art website before we go and familiarize yourself with their collection. 聽If there are particular ares of interest for you PLEASE reply to this post so that we can be sure to visit them!

The Met is located between 79th and 83rd streets on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. 聽Take the 4,5,or 6 trains to 72nd street and its a 10-15 minute walk from the station.

We will meet at the Educational Entrance (81st entrance) to the LEFT of the main staircase. We will be meeting inside at 2:30 pm, just past the coat check.

This should be obvious but… DON’T check your sketchbooks and pencils!聽

Updated Syllabus


9-Nov | Week 11聽Cylinders in Perspective & One Point Perspective Review

DUE: Assignment 9 with Peer critique.

NEW: Assignment 10: Cylinders in Perspective

16-Nov | Week 12 Two Point Perspective & Objects and Patterns in Perspective.

Working from Reference In-Depth discussion of Final Project.

DUE: Assignment 10 with Peer critique.

NEW: Assignment 11: Detailed聽Two Point Perspective drawing filled with Objects and patterns in Perspective

NEW: Take home Quiz:

Ch 5 the illusion of Depth

Upload Projects and Self Critique sheet to Week 11 Sketches.





30-Nov | Week 13 Field Trip To Metropolitan Museum of Art

Practice More objects and Patterns in Perspective.

DUE: Assignment 10 – Post to eportfolio

NEW : Student Proposal of of Final Project.


7-Dec | Week 14 : Final Portfolio & Sketchbook Review* Studio Session for FInal Drawing

DUE: Final Portfolio & Sketchbook NEW: NONE. WORK ON YOUR FINAL PROJECT!

12/14 | Week 15 : Presentations of Final Project Drawings Due

Creative Perspective Chapter 4


Hello Class! 聽Welcome to ONE POINT PERSPECTIVE!

To create a聽drawing from聽One Point Perspective you need to know a few basic things.聽One Point Perspective聽is also called聽Parallel Perspective聽because YOU are parallel to the objects that you will be drawing. Also, vertical lines are parallel and horizontal lines are parallel and the back edges of objects that recede in the distance are parallel to the front edges of those objects.


Below is your required reading of the week.




Very Boring Things


This week’s sketchbook theme is… Very Boring Things!

Consider the BORING everyday things you use in your life. 聽Brushes, Dental Floss, Toilet paper, Can Openers, Hair Gel, Spoons… All of the THINGS that you handle and use without thinking about them.

Pick at least 8 objects. 聽In your 4 sketchbook pages this week, draw them FIRST FROM MEMORY, then after the first drawing is completed, draw them from OBSERVATION.

Need inspritation? Check out聽!



Welcome to Foundations Drawing!

Our goal in this course will be to give you the tools and confidence you need to draw accurately from life! 聽During the first few weeks of this course our aim will be to help you examine how you perceive the world and to develop our observational skills.


On this site you will have access to materials presented in class, your weekly assignment pages, and additional helpful resources. 聽Here you will also post your assignment images to share with your classmates. 聽Carefully read the directions in the UPLOADING INSTRUCTIONS POST聽on how to post to this site and to your ePortfolio.

— Happy Drawing!

How to Use My Sketchbook











YES鈥 I agree. This seems pretty obvious.

Any student who has studied drawing at all has probably been keeping a sketchbook for at least the past semester, if not for years. But please bear with me and read on. Regardless of the simplicity of the tool, there is a reason ALL serious artists keep a regular sketchbook practice, and there is infinite room here to learn, grow, and develop your craft.

Your sketchbook is the place in which you will really improve your drawing skills. 聽It will, by聽developing the habit of daily use, become a PRACTICE. No different than a daily meditation practice. And it should be thought about with similar rigor.

Throughout this semester, and hopefully moving forward you will keep a sketchbook that you will work in every day. 聽It will become a depository of ideas, a place to work on your concepts, and a place to draw both what you see in your daily life as well as what you see in your imagination.


Every week you are required to share pages from your sketchbook here. Be sure to Title your post! Include the Week and the Theme if you are given one, or make up your own title!

Sketchbook Requirements:

  • For this course students are required to keep an ongoing sketchbook which will be utilized a minimum of 2 hours, 30 min per page, for a total of at least 4 sketchbook pages per week.
  • Students can not to tear out pages and pages must be dated. 聽Students may of course draw MORE than the required number of pages. Sketchbooks will be reviewed weekly in Openlab.
  • In it students will include only life drawing, objects, still life, gesture drawings etc. and process work towards their assignments.
  • Class notes should also be included in this sketchbook.

Be sure to comment on each other’s sketches.


Please reply to this post acknowledging that you understand the requirements and purpose of the sketchbook. 聽Also please let us know in a couple of sentences about your sketchbook experience and what kind of things you like to sketch!

Uploading Instructions


Upload photographs of your Sketchbook聽from this semester in the Sketchbook聽Category on this site.


Be sure to give the drawings a title.聽 On our class site, title your drawing with the week and the theme (if one was given). 聽Write brief descriptions of the drawings in your post. 聽Your descriptions should include what you feel the aim of each drawing was, what you learned from making it, and what was challenging to do.聽 Of course you may write other comments as well. For instance, you may ask questions for other students to answer.

How to Post to our class: On this class site, go to Post聽located on the left聽> Give your drawing a title in the subject line like this:聽Sketchbook Week 1, contour drawing: “My Converse Sneakers” > Write a brief description of the drawing in the Comments space > Just above your title click on the Add Media icon (it looks like a camera on top of a music note) and browse for your file > Click Insert > Click Drawings in the list of Categories on the right > Click Publish at the top right.

Your description should include what you feel the aim of the drawing was, what you learned from making it, and what was challenging to do.聽 Of course you may聽include other聽thoughts as well.

For Midterm and Finals your Assignments should be loaded into your Eportfolio for grading. 聽

How to Post to your ePortfolio:聽 Go to Dashboard > New Page > Pages > Add New > Locate 鈥淧arent鈥 in the Page Attributes > choose 鈥淎cademics鈥 from the pull-down menu. In the Title area of your ePortfolio, be sure to write the name of our class (Foundation Drawing) or our course code (COMD1103).聽 Also be sure to Publish, and invite me to join your ePortfolio.聽 In settings, be sure to state either聽鈥淧ublic鈥 or 鈥淧rivate>visible to City Tech members.鈥澛 Otherwise no one will be able to see what you鈥檝e posted.

How to take the photo, find a spot with even light so that you will have no shadows or strange light gradations across the drawing.聽 Frame the drawing so there is a small even frame on all sides.聽 Optimize the file, or reduce it to 72 dpi, with a file size no more than 1MB (about 8-9 inches on one side). Rotate it if necessary to it uploads right-side-up. If you have access to any photo-correcting program, see if you can increase the contrast so that delicate drawing lines are visible.



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