Beginning Drawing / Art 120

Instructor: Victor Sandblom


Room C 256

9:30 -12:20 AM Item 0767, Section B

5:30-8:20 PM Item 0770, Section E

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday

 8:30 -9:25 AM Room C250B

Off ice Phone: 425-564-2479  



COURSE OBJECTIVES: To develop greater visual acuity and learn basic rendering skills. This course will address:                                             

v     accuracy of shape

v     scale and proportion

v     composition

v     line quality

v     volume and depth

v     use of value to create highlight and shadow

v     atmospheric perspective

v     linear perspective

v     the use of various drawing media; charcoal, graphite, tonal paper

v     presentation   




MATERIALS:  A materials list is given out the first day of class. You are required to have these materials during class. Lockers are provided for this purpose. (Do not count on purchasing the necessary materials during class at the Bookstore. Get them in ADVANCE). If you do not come prepared to class, you are being inconsiderate to your fellow students and your grade will suffer.


ASSIGNMENTS: No handouts will be given regarding your homework assignments. Information on these assignments will be discussed by the instructor in class. Homework and in-class assignments are part of the studio work. Directions and demonstrations regarding the expectations of these assignments will be discussed during the class. If you miss information regarding an assignment, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to get this information from another student.


TEXT: The text for this class is Drawing from Observation by Brian Curtis.  It is fairly representative of a good college drawing class.  There are, however, many other books on drawing.  If you are interested in a reading list of other drawing books, please ask me.


GRADING:  Grades are awarded based upon in-class and homework drawing assignments as well as attendance and class participation. Assignments are turned in on a regular basis and graded throughout the quarter. Refer to the attached SYLLABUS of dates for the specific schedule for this quarter. The in-class work is designed for the achievement of the above stated drawing objectives. A studio environment where your instructor can assist you and answer your questions is critical for the achievement of these objectives; come to class. The homework assignments will address more in-depth explorations of the techniques discussed in class. Generally, persons who extend a reasonable effort and MEET ALL THE REQUIREMENTS (assignments, attendance, etc.) will attain at least a "C" level, although there are, of course, no guarantees. A "C" level grade from this course on your transcripts or resumes signifies that you are COMPETENT in your drawing abilities regarding the above stated drawing objectives. "B" level will require an above average, reasonably complete mastery of the drawing objectives. An "A" level will additionally require outstanding skill development, illustrated by exceptional drawings completed in both the homework and in-class assignments. Grading on your work is done on a numerical scale as follows:

A = 9.5       A- = 9.0      B = 8.5      B- = 8.0    C =7.5   C- = 7        D = 6.5       D- = 6     




The assignments that you turn in will be graded with the above number scale. For your final grade, these scores are simply added up and averaged. You can gauge your grade at any time during the quarter by keeping track of your scores and figuring your average.   

An additional element to your grade (approximately 10%) is your studio final evaluation. This is based on attendance and work in class. If you have regular attendance (see more on attendance below), bring the required drawing materials, participate in critiques, and follow studio instructions, you will have no problems with the studio evaluation.


 ATTENDANCE: 100% attendance is very important to get the benefit of introductory lectures, slide presentations, assignments and directions, critiques, and the instructor's help with your work. You are responsible for obtaining information which you may have missed in not attending class. Drawings completed in the studio are from still-lives and you must be in class to see them. After 3 absences it is advised that you withdraw from the class, five or more absences will equal an F.  If there is an extended illness or specific emergency which would warrant an incomplete grade, you will need to notify your instructor. At least 70% of class work must be successfully completed in order for an "incomplete" grade to be assigned.


For a full outline of the Art & Humanities Procedures and Expectations, you are asked to review them at: It is important to be IN the classroom when class is scheduled to begin. During the first portion of class is when many instructions and pertinent information is introduced and it is also when roll is taken. If you miss roll, it is your responsibility to let the instructor know you have arrived late; otherwise you will be counted absent.  Students leaving half way through class will also be counted absent for 1/2 day. This a Six hour per week/Three hours per class session studio course.  If you do not feel that you can commit to the entire six hours per week required, please consider taking another course.                                          

 CRITIQUES AND REVIEWS: In-class drawings will be reviewed on the board periodically and the homework drawings will be reviewed on the board at the BEGINNING of the class when due. Any drawing NOT on the bulletin board when it is due will be considered late. Students will be expected to participate in the critique/review process. This is an opportunity to ask questions about problems you may have encountered, to see how other students approached the assignment, and learn more about how to improve your work.

 STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: If you require accommodation based on a documented disability, emergency medical information to share, or need special arrangements in case of emergency evacuation, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible. If you would like to inquire about becoming a DSS student you may call 564-2498 or go in person to DSS (Disability Support Services) program office C210 in the student union building.

INTERIOR DESIGN STUDENTS: Work may be retained for F I D E R accreditation. All graded work will be collected for the scheduled FIDER visitation.




v      Squared Off- Transfer

v      Developed Contour  and Negative Space

v      Perspective: The Hallway

v      1pt, 2pt and 3pt Perspective

v      The Cross Contour

v      The Intuitive  Gesture-Form- Detail

v      Value Scale (+/-)

v      Light and Texture

v      Chiaroscuro                                                          

v      The Final



v      Squared/ Off-Transfer Drawing

v      The Measured Contour

v      The Hallway

v      Perspective drawing using one and two point perspective

v      Cross Contours of a cylinder/ glass on a book

v      3D Sentence

v      Developed Contour and Negative Space

v      Complex Five Value Chiaroscuro Drawing

v       Chiaroscuro/ Shading- Three  Eggs

v      Textured/Biomorphic form – Paper bag Mid Tone Drawing

v      Your Own Drawing

Keep all of your homework assignments in a neatly arranged portfolio to hand in at the end of the term.  You will be graded on its completeness and quality.


Drawing room C256 is a multi-use facility. There are usually three to four sections of drawing and sometimes painting per quarter. It is important that we keep this room organized, so PLEASE return your benches and easels to their assigned areas before leaving the room. Please clean up after yourself. As a common courtesy to fellow students and the classroom environment, cell phones are to be turned off in class. Speak with me before class if you must leave your phone on.

Loud talking, eating and inconsiderate behavior are not encouraged and will adversely effect your grade.  At times you may want to continue working on a drawing from an in-class still life. If you do want to do some additional work here, please check the room schedule posted outside. Other instructors are not to be expected to accommodate you during their classes.




Beginning Drawing / Art 120

Instructor: Victor Sandblom


Room C 256

9:30 -12:20 AM Item 0767, Section B

5:30-8:20 PM Item 0770, Section E

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday

 8:30 -9:25 AM Room C250B

Off ice Phone: 425-564-2479  



Materials List

·        Pad of newsprint paper, 18”x24”, 100 sheets, rough

·        Pad of Strathmore charcoal paper, 18”x24”

·        2 Sheets black Mid- toned charcoal paper (Mi-teintes)

·        Mid- toned charcoal paper, 18”x 24”, buy four sheets of your choice (Mi-teintes)

·        Graphite pencils, 4B, HB, 4H

·        Pencil sharpener

·        Pink pearl eraser

·        Kneaded eraser

·        2 Packages of vine charcoal, soft

·        Weber Costell Charkole, box of 12, compressed charcoal

·        White Conte’ sticks, pack of two

·        Stompe or tortillon, mid sized

·        Chamois

·        Masking tape.

·        Drawing Board and clamps, 25 1/2” x 22 1/2 

·        Ruler (Clear, wide and 12” long or longer)

·        A container for your materials (Artbin, tackle box, etc.)


Be sure to put your name on your art materials!


You might also consider purchasing a “post its”, an X-acto knife and an apron or smock.  If you already own certain of these materials, please feel free to use them instead of purchasing new ones.


Additional materials as needed may be purchased at the bookstore or:

Artist & Craftsman Supply     4350 8th Ave NE, Seattle 206-545-0162

Utrecht Linens          1124 Pike Street (corner of Pike & Minor) Seattle (206) 382-9696

Daniel Smith, Inc.      4150 First Avenue S., Seattle (206) 223-9599 or 15112 NE 24th Street, Bellevue (425) 643-1781

Bellevue Art & Frame          1024 116th St. NE Bellevue (425) 453-8959