Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fall 2015 Syllabus


Illustration, ILL 361.2

Instructor John Thompson Phone 315 256-8201
Office 349 Shaffer E-mail
Office Wednesdays, 2PM-5PM

*Prerequisite / Co-requisite:
ILL 261, ILL 262, ILL 283, ILL 284

First semester junior level illustration majors

Visual interpretation of reproduction, development of conceptual elements, composition, and color

Additional Course Description:
(This is a required course for junior level illustration majors)
The primary emphases of this course will be the use of the figure in illustration.  
There will be three major assignments. We will explore the single figure in an environment, two figures in a composition, and three to five figures in an urban environment.

We will use a creative process for each assignment. You will familiarize yourself with the material, create rough idea sketches, present your ideas, research your subject, make final sketches, and execute final art. The final choice of technique and medium will be up to you. For this semester, all assignments will be completed by hand (no digital solutions will be accepted for this class). I will look at each student’s portfolio to evaluate your skill level and help guide you on possible directions for the future. One of the goals of this class is to seek your own personal artistic identity in creating illustrations.

Most classes will be divided in two parts. Lectures, presentations, assignments, and critiques will make up the first part of the class. Drawing and painting from the model will take up the remainder of the class. The drawing and painting media for in-class use this semester will be acrylic.

Basic Course information:
Credits: 3
Room/Bldg. 307 Shaffer
Day/Time: 1:30PM-6:00PM
Dates: 09/01/15-12/08/15

Learning Objectives:

After taking this course, the students will be able to:
  1. Develop a better understanding of the use the figure in illustration
2.   Better understand the creative process used in creating illustrations 
  1. Apply research in the development of a creative solution
  2. Be proficient in painting and drawing directly from the model with acrylics
5. Apply personal artistic identity to visual problem solving

Required Reading:
Communication Arts magazine
The Society of Illustrators Annual

Suggested Readings:
The New York Times
The New Yorker
American Illustration

Websites and Blogs:

Course materials:
You may complete each assignment in any medium you wish.
Use the materials you already own, and are comfortable with. Feel free to add to these materials as the semester progresses.

For In-class paintings from the model we will work from acrylics.
Please purchase the following materials:

Medium: Acrylic
Colors (either Golden or Liquitex)
The following colors are required for this class:

Mars Black
Raw Umber
Burnt Sienna
Raw Sienna
Cadmium Yellow Medium
Cadmium Red Light
Naphthol Crimson
Titanium White
Ultramarine Blue 
(other colors may be added at a later date)

19”x 24” Pad of Strathmore Bristol Vellum (heavy weight smooth pad for painting)
(Plus other surfaces including canvas, canvas board, Masonite, cardboard)

Other materials
Paper towels 
Matte medium (small bottle) 
Container for water
Kneaded Eraser
Palette (an enamel tray is best for acrylics) or a disposable paper palette (Do not use a plastic pallet)

Requirements: (Learning Objectives in parentheses)
  1. Single figure in an environment (1,2,3,5)
  2. Two figures in an interior composition (1,2,3,5)
  3. Urban Environment with 3 - 5 figures (1,2,3,5)
  4. In-class Drawing and Painting (1,4,5)

Junior Illustration majors will show all of their work completed in their illustration classes, plus work completed for any other studio based courses on December 15.

Three major projects 75%
Each assignment involves a specific problem and creative process. The grade for each assignment is based on how well you follow the process as well as the level of quality and creativity you achieve in the final art.
In-class figure studies 15%
Attendance 10%
(See attendance policy)

Course Specific Policies on attendance, late work, and make up work,

Attendance Policy:
You may have one unexcused absence. The second absence will lower your grade. Third may result in failure. Continued lateness may also contribute to a lower grade. All assignments must be completed on time. Handing in an assignment late will result in a lowering of the grade.

Make up work:
You may receive extra credit for doing additional work throughout the semester.
Should you miss a class, you can get partial credit by attending the open figure drawing classes on Thursday evenings. 

Academic Integrity
Syracuse University’s Academic Integrity Policy holds students accountable for the integrity of the work they submit. Students should be familiar with the policy and know that it is their responsibility to learn about course-specific expectations, as well as about university policy. The university policy governs appropriate citation and use of sources, the integrity of work submitted in exams and assignments, and the veracity of signatures on attendance sheets and other verification of participation in class activities. The policy also prohibits students from submitting the same written work in more than one class without receiving written authorization in advance from both instructors. The presumptive penalty for a first offense by an undergraduate student is course failure, accompanied by a transcript notation indicating that the failure resulted from a violation of Academic Integrity Policy. The standard sanction for a first offense by a graduate student is suspension or expulsion. For more information and the complete policy, see 

Disability-Related Accommodations
If you believe that you need accommodations for a disability, please contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS),, located in Room 309 of 804 University Avenue, or call (315) 443-4498, TDD: (315) 443-1371 for an appointment to discuss your needs and the process for requesting accommodations. ODS is responsible for coordinating disability-related accommodations and will issue students with documented Disabilities Accommodation Authorization Letters, as appropriate. Since accommodations may require early planning and generally are not provided retroactively, please contact ODS as soon as possible. 

Religious Observances Policy
SU religious observances policy, found at, recognizes the diversity of faiths represented among the campus community and protects the rights of students, faculty, and staff to observe religious holidays according to their tradition.  Under the policy, students are provided an opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirements that may be missed due to a religious observance provided they notify their instructors before the end of the second week of classes for regular session classes and by the submission deadline for flexibly formatted classes.

For fall and spring semesters, an online notification process is available through MySlice/StudentServices/Enrollment/MyReligiousObservances.

Student Academic Work Policy
SU policy on student academic work may be found at:
Educational use of student work: I intend to use academic work that you complete this semester in subsequent semesters for educational purposes. Before using your work for that purpose, I will either get your written permission or render the work anonymous by removing all your personal identification.

Calendar of weekly events:
September 1 Go over syllabus Hand out first assignment-Single Figure/Environment
September 8 Assignment #1 sketches due                             In-class figure studies      
September 15 Assignment #1 working sketches due   In-class figure studies
September 22 Assignment #1 Final sketches due               In-class figure studies  
September 29 Assignment #1 Final art due      (Hand out Ass. #2)       In-class figure studies
October 6 Assignment #2 sketches due                                          In-class figure studies   
October 13 Assignment #2 working sketches due   In-class figure studies 
October 20 Assignment #2 Final sketches due                 In-class figure studies
October 27 Assignment #2 Final Art due                                         In-class figure studies
November 3 Assignment #3 Hand out Assignment #3 (Urban landscape) Armory Square                                                      
November 10 Assignment #3 Armory Square Sketches due                                           
*November 13 (Friday) Trip to New York to see the Original Art Show  (and research Ass# 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
November 17   Assignment #3 NYC Sketches due   In-class figure studies
November 24 Thanksgiving Break                                                                                       
December 1 Assignment #3 Final art due
December 8 Final Review of all work done for ILL 362                              
December 15  Junior Survey                                                                        

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