ARTS313 Intermediate Drawing - Section B, Filipe Rocha da Silva, Summer I 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTS313 Intermediate Drawing - Section B, Filipe Rocha da Silva, Summer I 2019

This drawing course will focus on street life and architecture, sculpture, nature, figure, and also "abstract" or expressive drawing.

Daily classes will be a mix of figure drawing, demonstrations and sketchbook drawing excursions within Florence to a variety of locations. The focus of these excursions will be on the history of Florence’s art, architecture and landscape, plus the daily life in the city of Florence.

Course Structure & Assignments

We will divide our class days between the studio at SACI and working onsite throughout Florence.

During each session we investigate the fundamentals of drawing such as contour, gesture, measurement, light and shadow, perspective, and proportion in a variety of assignments. Drawing excursion assignments will take place every week. At the end of each session, there will be reviews of the daily production.

Recommended Reading

In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act Textbook Provision, SACI provides, when possible, the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and retail price of required and recommended reading. Note: It is not necessary to purchase the books below. They are available for loan or consultation in the SACI Worthington Library.

BETTI, C. and SALE, T., Drawing: A Contemporary Approach, USA., Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1981.
ISBN: 9780495094913 (Retail price: $215.95)

BEVERLY HALE, R: and COYLE, T., Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters, New York, Watson Guptill Publications, 2000.
ISBN: 9780823002818 (Retail price: $22.99)

EDWARDS, B., Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc., 1989.
ISBN: 9780874775136 (Retail price: $15.95)

NICOLAIDES, K., The Natural Way to Draw, Boston, Houghton Mifflin, 1969.
ISBN: 9780395205488 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

DEXTER, Emma - Vitamin D. London: Phaidon Press Ltd, 2005.
ISBN: 9780714845456 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

Drawing Now: Between the Lines of Contemporary Art. [Catalogue]. London: I.B.Tauris, 2008.
ISBN: 9781845115333 (Retail price: $33)

HAVERKAMP-BEGEMANN, Egbert, Creative Copies: Interpretative Drawings from Michelangelo to Picasso, New York: The Drawing Center, 1988.
ISBN: To Be Determined (Retail price: To Be Determined)

PETHERBRIDGE, Deanna - The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice. London: Yale University Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9780300126464 (Retail price: $95)

RUSKIN, John, The Elements of Drawing. (1856/7). General Books LLC, 2010.
ISBN: 9781453842645 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

SUMMERS, David, Real Spaces, World Art History and the Rise of Western Modernism, Phaidon, 2003.
ISBN: 9780714842448 (Retail price: To Be Determined)

KANTOR, Jordan, Drawing from the Modern 1975-2005, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2005.
ISBN: 9780870706653 (Retail price: $39.95)

KLEE, Paul, Notebooks, Volume 1, The Thinking Eye, Lund Humphries London, 1992.
ISBN:  To Be Determined (Retail price: To Be Determined)

KLEE, Paul, Notebooks, Volume 2, The Nature of Nature, Lund Humphries London, 1992.
ISBN:  To Be Determined (Retail price: To Be Determined)

HODGES, Elaine R.S., The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration, John Wiley & Sons, 2003.
ISBN: 9780471360117 (Retail price: US $199)


A final digital portfolio/folder is required, including about 15 reproductions of drawings, which illustrate your progress during the course, to be sent to the instructor during the last week of class. This will include drawings executed in the studio and during excursions.


Refer to SACI handbook.

Attendance is required, absences will affect your grade: two unexcused absences result in a lowering of the grade by 1/3 of a letter; two late arrivals to class are considered the equivalent of one unexcused absence (arriving often late to class is one of the best ways to penalize your final grade). Tardiness is not accepted and you may be left behind if you are not present at the designated time when we leave to draw onsite within Florence.

Always be prepared with a sketchbook and drawing implements handy, on regular classes and each excursion.

If you know that you will be absent on a given date you should notify the instructor ahead of time.

Evaluation & Grading

Evaluation is determined by your commitment to quality, completion of course assignments, in-class activities, fieldwork assignments and your sketchbook. 

The last day of class, students will meet individually and as a group with the instructor for a portfolio evaluation of all work done in class, sketchbooks and homework.

The personal project will be an important part of the evaluation.

Graduate Students
Students in MFA, MA, and Post-Bac programs are expected to complete additional assignments and to produce work at a level appropriate for students in a graduate program. They are graded accordingly and, if they successfully complete all course requirements for graduate students, receive graduate-level credit for the course.

Suggested Materials

  • Newsprint pad approximately 18” x 24”.
  • Compressed charcoal or conte’ in black, sanguine and white.
  • Kneaded eraser.
  • Sketchbook (no smaller than 8” x 10”). Good quality paper for pencil, ink and watercolor.
  • Pencils- 2B & 4B.
  • Small sharpener.
  • Good quality drawing paper. 18” x 24” (we will discuss pad vs. individual sheets).
  • Small traveling watercolor set and brushes.
  • Your favorite ink pens.
  • Clips for large drawing paper.
  • Spray fixative.

You will need a pack/bag to carry your sketchbook, camera and stuff when we are out and about.  

European Paper Dimensions





84 x 120

33 x 47


60 x 84

23 x 33


42 x 60

16,5 x 23


30 x 42

11,5 x 16,5


21 x 30

8,3 x 11,7


15 x 21

5,8 x 8,3


100 x 140

39,37 x 55,67


70 x 100

27,83 x 39,37


50 x 70

19,69 x 27,83


35 x 50

13,90 x 19,69


25 x 35

9,84 x 13,90


17.5 x 25

6,93 x 9,84



Week 1

Tuesday, May 21
9 am - 1 pm introductory lecture on drawing. Optical and non optical approach. Perspective. Science and Art. Drawing class with a still life and objects.
2 - 6 pm Figure drawing.

Thursday, May 23
9 am - 1 pm 
Loggia Piazza della Signoria - Sculpture drawing
2 - 6 pm Visit to La Specola

Week 2

Tuesday, May 28
9 am - 1 pm Santa Maria Novella
2 - 6 pm Figure drawing. Presentation on Mannerist figure drawing.

Thursday, May 30
9 am - 1 pm 
Horne Museum
2 - 6 pm Figure drawing

Week 3

Tuesday, June 4
9 am - 1 pm Drawing at the Cascine Park
2 - 6 pm Figure drawing

Thursday, June 6
9 am - 1 pm City drawing: Ponte Vecchio, Piazzale Michelangelo, San Miniato al Monte
2 - 6 pm Figure drawing

Week 4

Tuesday, June 11
9 am - 1 pm Museo Stibbert
2 - 6 pm Figure drawing. Presentation on Contemporary Drawing.

Thursday, June 13
9 am - 1 pm Centro Pecci, Prato
2 - 6 pm Figure drawing

Week 5

Tuesday, June 18
9 am - 1 pm Drawing at the Basilica Santo Spirito
2 - 6 pm Figure drawing

Tuesday, June 20
9 am - 1 pm Giardino dei Semplici
2 - 6 pm Evaluation and discussion on results. Presentation of projects by Advanced student to the entire class.


General Safety & Emergency Instructions

Click here for a pdf of SACI's General Safety & Emergency Instructions.

Additional Safety & Studio Rules

On Studio Use
The life drawing class will have nude models posing for students, and, as such, there are certain rules of conduct to be obeyed.
1. When the model is posing all doors and curtains should be kept closed.
2. Students should only be drawing while the model is posing, when the model is dressed then we can chat and relax.
3. It is essential to always leave the life room clean and tidy for the next class.

It is essential that care and attention is taken in regards to studio practice. This will be addressed the first week of classes. But beyond rules and safety and health issues, it is necessary to point out the importance of maintaining a certain order in the studio for the sake of all the students in the classes that utilize the space.  At the end of class put your materials away and drawings and boards off the easels and into the storage shelves.

Air-Exchange System
When working in the ground floor studios an air-exchange system can be utilized for maintaining proper ventilation and extraction of undesirable fumes and odors. The control panel is located on the wall opposite of the stairway between the printmaking and painting studios. 

There are also skylight panels, which can be opened and closed using switches located in the small sky-lit studio off of the main painting studio, another on the wall next to the stairs going into the basement storage area, and also in the studio with skylights off of the main lecture hall.  Do not spray fixative on your drawings in the studios.  Go out into the garden, or under an air-extraction hood in the printmaking studio.

Disposal of Materials
There are not as many toxic materials in drawing as there are in painting, but with some experimental drawing approaches there may be the necessity of properly disposing of these types of materials.  Do not ever throw used solvents, thick washes, acrylic mediums, etc. down the sink.  There is a special barrel for this located just to the right of the sink in the painting studio.  The same goes for saturated rags or paper towels. There is a special disposal barrel in the printmaking studio next to the plate cleaning tank.

Storage Area

Drawing paper and portfolios can be stored on the flat shelves in the storage area located near the sink in the painting studio and between the drawing and painting studios. Lockers can be claimed for use by putting your name, term, and class on a piece of tape onto the locker door.  They are located just off the Clayton Hubbs Lecture Hall.

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