Syllabus ARTC 3220

Instructor: Bonnie Mitchell
Office: 109 Fine Arts Building
Office Hours: By appointment only

Section: 1001
Semester: Summer 2017
Lab: 244 Wolfe Center
Time: M-F 2:00pm - 6:50pm




Students will learn about how to apply art and design principles to create visually appealing characters.  Focus will be on character archetypes, body language, facial features, poses, model sheets, and creative character development. 


Students will:


Through in-class work and homework assignment, students will be expected to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the following areas:


The course is taught in the computer lab but most of the work will be created using pencil and paper.  The medium and style of drawing is flexible and is based on specific assignments. Class lectures will include demonstrations, discussions, collaborative exercises and research, presentations, and contemporary information relevant to character design. During this class, students will spend time researching and presenting that research as well as developing character designs.

The course will be taught in an active learning format.  Students will be presented with information and then will do visual and text-based research. The information presented will include drawings, videos, books, animations, and other information.  The studio time will focus on improving drawing and observation skills, experimenting with styles of drawing and creatively juxtaposing elements to create unique designs.  The course will include periodic critiques and reviews where peer evaluations as well as feedback from the instructor is provided. 


Possible topics for this class are listed here:

List of topics


Drawing Materials:

  1. 8 x 10" or 9 x 12" Sketchbook or Drawing Pad
  2. Drawing Board and clip
  3. Drawing Pencils - recommended: HB or #2 (2B or 3B are good for shading)
  4. Pencil shapener
  5. Paper stump
  6. Erasers (kneaded rubber erassr are best)
  7. Optional:
    1. Prismacolor colored pencils
    2. blue draftsman pencil
    3. Markers
    4. Pastels
    5. Other media to design your characters.
  8. You may also use Wacom pens (available in the lab) and draw using the computer.
  9. You will need a portfolio case to protect your drawings.

Other items:
You need money to print three 11x17 images. These do not need to be archival prints and can be printed in the Student Union or Library.

Digital storage:
Firewire External Drive (formatted for both Mac and PC) or Flash Drive highly recommended. You will be expected to back up your data if you save your files to the lab computers.

Field Trip Costs:
We will go to the zoo during the class. The event will cost: $19 admission, parking/gas costs $3, food ???.

It is essential that you have a digital camera. The camera on your phone will work fine. You can use a more sophisticated camera to record the animals you are drawing so you can go back and refine them once you are in the studio.



Each student is expected to complete all projects, exercises, in-class exercises, research projects, and the final project. Details of the various assignments will be discussed in class. By the end of the course, all projects should become part of the art portfolio blog.

During class time, students are expected to engage in meaningful classroom participation.


Attendance is mandatory. We will be covering a variety of materials throughout the semester. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility meet with a classmate or make an appointment with me to get the information.

Being 15 minutes or more late to class three times will count as one unexcused absence.
Leaving class early (15 minutes or more) three times will count as an absense.


Turning in Projects
Projects are due in the Homework folder prior to the beginning of class.

Because this is a fast paced, three week course, I DO NOT ACCEPT LATE PROJECTS and you will receive a zero on the project if it is NOT turned in on time. We will have three blog updates (Mon. May 22, Mon. May 29 & Fri. June 2) and projects will be graded then.

You must be prepared for critiques. Projects not ready for presentation at a critique will be marked down a grade level when turned in.

During critiques, I expect each student's full attention and respect. Monitors will be TURNED OFF.

Final Critique
Attendance at the Final critique is mandatory. Missing the final critique will result in an F for the Final Project. NO late Final Projects will be accepted!


The outcomes of the class will be assessed as follows:


A (100-90)
Excellent - Above and beyond, artistically AND technically

B (89-80)
Very Good - Beyond requirements, artistically OR technically

C (79-70)
Average - Met the basic requirements. Quality OK but could be improved.

D (69-60)
Did not meet requirements.

F (59-0)
Project not turned in or completely insufficient



Projects created in any Digital Arts course may be used by the ART department for the purpose of promoting the student, the department and/or the university in general. These materials may also be used by the ART department for instructional purposes in future courses. Please inform the instructor if you do not want your projects used.


Any student who wishes to discuss accommodations on the basis of a disability, please come talk to me after class or during office hours. The goal of the Disability Services for Students Office is to help provide equal access and reasonable accommodations to BGSU students with disabilities. Students wishing to discuss their eligibility for such accommodations are encouraged to contact their office at 372-8495 (413 South Hall).