Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Spring 16 Syllabus


Illustration Principles, ILL 362.1

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

*Prerequisite / Co-requisite:
ILL 261, ILL 262, ILL 361

Second semester junior level illustration majors

Principles of Visual Communication: choice of subjects, procedures, and the practice of illustration. Studio class assignments.

Additional Course Description:
Visualizing the text will be the primary emphasis for this course. We will also explore ideas, events, and personalities. This will involve creating illustrations
for various publishing forms. The assignments will be an editorial portrait, a fiction story, and a book.

We will use a creative process for each assignment. You will familiarize yourself with the material, create rough ideas sketches, present your ideas, research your subject, make final sketches and execute final art.

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 open.

Basic Course information:
Credits: 3
Room/Bldg. 307 Shaffer
Day/Time: 8:00AM-12:30PM
Dates: 01/19/15 – 05/03/16

Learning Objectives:

After taking this course, the students will be able to:
  1. Become proficient in visualizing text
  2. Understand the creative processes and client communication used in story illustration
  3. Apply research in the development of a creative solution
  4. Become more proficient in painting and drawing the figure
  5. Apply personal artistic identity to visual problem solving

Required Reading:
The Bremen Town Musicians

Suggested Readings:
The New York Times
The New Yorker
Communication Arts magazine
The Society of Illustrators Annual
American Illustration

Websites and Blogs:

Drawing and Paintings materials (Paint, brushes, palette)
Pad of Strathmore Bristol Vellum (heavy weight smooth pad for painting)
Drawing pad
(Plus other surfaces including canvas, canvas board, Masonite, cardboard)

  • Editorial Portrait, ”Gone, But Not Forgotten” (Learning objectives 1,3,5)
  • Illustrating the Manuscript, “The Bremen Town Musicians” (Learning objectives 1,2,3,5)
  • Illustrating the Book (Student’s choice) Three paintings (Learning objectives1,2,3,5)
  • In-class Drawing and Painting (Learning objectives 4,5)

All junior Illustration majors will show all of their work done for their illustration classes and any other studio based courses on May 5.

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 10%
Attendance 15%
(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 Tuesday 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:
January 19 Go over syllabus   Hand out first assignment, Gone, But Not Forgotten
January 26 Assignment #1 sketches due                                                     model
February 2 Assignment #1 Final Art due                           model
February 9 Assignment#2 , The Manuscript, The Bremen Town Musicians model  
February 16 Assignment #2 Thumbnail sketches and presentation model
February 23 Assignment #2 Working sketches due                                         model
March 1 Assignment #2 Final drawing due                            model 
March 8 Assignment #2 Final art due (Proposed Book title due for Ass.#3) model
March 22 Assignments #3 Thumbnail sketches due                 work in class                          
March 29 Assignment #3 Working drawings due                 work in class                         
*April 2&3 MoCCA conference in New York for those who are involved in the project 
April 4 Assignment #3 Final drawings due                 work in class
April 11 Final art due                 work in class
April 18 Final art due               work in class
April 25 Final art due                 work in class
May 3 Final Review of all work done for ILL 362          
May 5 Junior Survey        

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