ILL 500 – SEC M004

Fall Semester 2015
Monday 8:30am to 12:30pm
Shaffer Art Room 332
Instructor: Frank Cammuso

Class Objective

This course is designed to familiarize students with all of the ink-drawing tools and techniques. Students gain the ability to use various ink-drawing tools from technical pens to crow quill to brush to sumi brush. Course projects cover a full repertoire of line-making techniques, including gesture, contour, hatching, stippling, and freestyle lines, as well as the use of ink washes for grounds and shading. Students will be required to draw from a model as well as keep an ink-drawing sketchbook. Grades will be based on projects and in class work.

Students are expected to take part during in-class assignments and participate in group and individual critiques. When there is an in-class assignment, students will draw while classmates have individual critiques with the instructor.

Upon the completion of an assignment there will be group critiques before it is handed to the instructor.

Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate the proper use of traditional Pen & Ink drawing tools.

Compare the merits of the various tools and surfaces and choose the appropriate one for their respective drawing needs.

Understand and explain the differences and similarities between techniques as well as how to combine them.

Execute finished drawings using the above techniques.

Class Policies

  • No texting or phone calls during class. You will be given 2 warnings about texting in  class, your 3rd offense will result in an automatic fail.
  • All instruments that receive calls, messaging or anything else that makes a sound should be put on vibrate.
  • If you receive an emergency phone call or text you should leave the classroom to answer it.

Presentation of assignments reflects attitude and is part of the classroom participation component of your grade.

Thumbnail sketches: Small sketches created in your sketchbook so you can see how your thoughts work on paper.  These sketches are for personal critiquing only. This method should help you see if an idea can work on paper. Since thumbnail sketches help you resolve your ideas, you should complete as many as possible.  A good amount of thumbnail sketches for each illustration assigned is 15 – 20.

Sketches: Your favorite thumbnail sketches that are presented for class critiques. These sketches should be cleaned up either by redrawing or copying and enlarging them on a printer to roughly 5 x 6”. Most importantly, rough sketches should be in proportion to the final illustration.  If the final image is going to be vertical, your rough sketch should be vertical.  You are required to bring in 3 rough sketches for each assignment.

Rough sketches:  should be clear, clean and easy to read. Rough sketches should be completed on white paper using black line and 3 values -black, gray and white, and composed of simple shapes that can be “read” from about 10 feet away.

Review assignment:  Assignments are evaluated by the class during
critiques but are not handed in.

Critique: A final review by the class and handed in at the end of class.

ATTENDANCE: Attendance is required. One absence for the semester will be tolerated; however, you are still responsible for turning in assignments on time. Two unexcused absences will lower your final grade by one letter grade. YOU WILL FAIL the course in the event of a THIRD absence! Mechanical failures (alarm clocks, car failure, etc.) are not valid excuses. Lateness of an hour or more will count as a half absence. Chronic lateness or skipping out early will also count towards an absence and will lower your grade. There is a TEN-minute grace period and then class will begin.

SYLLABUS: The syllabus is subject to change as the need arises.

SURVEY:  At the end of each semester, your work will be displayed and individually assessed by department faculty.  All illustration majors must participate in the end of the semester survey.

Grade Breakdown
Sketchbook drawings are worth 20%
Classroom drawings are worth 50%
Final project is worth 30%

You will receive additional credit for the following:

  • Work done in your sketchbook
  • Participation in classroom critiques
  • Any additional reading or research on websites, blogs or articles
  • Visiting museums and galleries
  • Additional drawing, painting and experimenting
  • Subscriptions to magazines
  • A – 100% – 90%
  • B – 80% – 89%
  • C – 70% – 79%

 D – 60% – 69%

Incompletion of any assignment is an automatic failure. Any late assignments must be excused at least 2 days prior to due date with an adequate reason.
Three unexcused absences is an automatic failure.

Class Incompletes
Incompletes will be granted only in extenuating circumstances.  If you have a valid medical excuse or family emergency, and you’ve completed the bulk of course work for the semester, an incomplete is possible.  You are responsible for initiating the paperwork for an incomplete.

Disability Statement
Any student who needs special consideration in the course due to a disability of any sort, please make an appointment to discuss accommodations.
Students who are in need of disability-related academic accommodations must register with the Office of Disability Services (ODS), 804 University Avenue, Rm. 309, 315/443-4498.  Students with authorized disability-related accommodations should provide a current Accommodations Authorization Letter from ODS to the instructor and review those accommodations with the instructor.   Accommodations, such as exam administration, are not provided retroactively, therefore, planning for accommodations as early as possible is necessary.  For further information, see the ODS website,


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