FINAL Assignment: DUE 12/ 15

Create a drawing of a real place from both observation and reference.

The choice of location will be very important.

Don鈥檛 settle!

Choose a place which is meaningful to you.

Choose a place with a natural sense of depth; a place filled with interesting shapes, patterns and repeating forms: one which lends itself to the use of 1 or 2 point perspective.

  • Take a photo of yourself in that location when done and post to OPEN LAB along with a description of the location you chose and why.
  • Categorize your post as FINAL PROJECT.
  • Begin your drawing on location, not from a photo!
  • You may finalize your drawing by working from reference photos you shot on location.
  • Be sure to use a full range of value to create a distinct foreground, middle ground, and background.

Some possible good locations:

  • Grand Central Station
  • Any Museum
  • Anything with lots of columns, statues, tiles, interesting windows etc.

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

Sketches Week 11

Reportage drawing is a drawing which tells the story of a place or event and the people in it in one sketch.聽 Like these…

For this weeks Sketchbook Theme鈥 Draw the scenes you see daily.聽 Your Job.聽 Your Commute. Your Citytech Life. etc.


Use perspective and the strategies you’ve learned for drawing depth to capture each scene. For inspiration on reportage drawing check out the URBAN SKETCHERS

Two Point Perspective

Hello Class! 聽Welcome to the聽exciting world of TWO聽POINT PERSPECTIVE!



One Point Perspective聽or聽Parallel Perspective point perspective works well for situations like the one below, where the viewer is oriented directly in front of a set of parallel lines like railroad tracks or a long hallway.



But what if you want to show the viewer something from an angle?



Two point perspective uses two vanishing points set well apart on the horizon line. The rule of thumbs here is sets of parallel lines must be either vertical or recede toward one of the two vanishing points.

READ CHAPTER 5 of聽Creative layout for Artists to learn more!



AND … Here are a couple of additional tutorials to get you started!

Happy Drawing!

AND a slightly more advanced one…

Assignment 11

Time Machine Assignment!聽

Using the methods we learned in class, draw a city scene of the PAST or the FUTURE in two-point perspective. Use reference images from the internet to help you fill in architectural details or inspire your ideas.



Remember to always begin with the HORIZON LINE… then frame the composition… then establish your the VANISHING POINTS. 聽Keep in mind your VANISHING POINTS DO NOT NEED TO BE WITHIN THE PICTURE PLANE.

Also be sure to do the reading CHAPTER 5聽of creative perspective … its in the post below!聽

Here is an example of a City in two point perspective, similar to your homework assignment. 聽Feel free to use reference images and imagination to draw your city of the past or future!



For morse helpful hints read watch the videos in the post below!

  • USE Your RULER, PENCIL, CHARCOAL PENCILS, and your 18 x 24 DRAWING PAPER for this Assignment.
  • Be sure to have a full range of value in your drawing.
  • Tape off your composition with Artist’s Tape.
  • Be to use ALL the skills you鈥檝e learned to lend a sense of realism and create depth..
  • Draw this composition at your highest level of skill!


Tip: SPRAY the drawing with Aerosol Hairspray or Workable Fixatiff Spray when complete so they don鈥檛 smudge!