Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

FNAR 113 Fall 2012

Fall 2012

Loyola University Chicago

Rome Center

Fall Semester 2012



Roberto Mannino

Wednesdays, 9:30 – 12:30

Art Studio





This course will introduce drawing as an instrument to explore the visual representation of reality. Comparative methods of measuring objects and elements in space will be illustrated. The analysis of non-visible structures and the introduction of self-awareness in the act of drawing will be emphasized. The aim will be to learn how to “see” things the way they truly are before translating them into marks on paper, with the best media choice and to organize our visual perceptions on the picture plane.

Elements of composition, anatomy and portraiture with B&W techniques will be demonstrated in studio practice and further articulated in work on-site. The
course will introduce various techniques applied to representation on paper; subjects will range from indoor studio still life work to outdoor sketching,
life drawing and site visits to Museums in Rome.



Students should understand of the characteristics of line, shape, color, value, texture, space and the ways they are used expressively in two and three-dimensional works of art.

Because the main focus of an introductory studio is on creating, students will produce a continuous body of work which utilizes the mechanics of the specific media and incorporates appropriate use of the design principles of composition, value and tone, balance etc. to test and evaluate their effects in finished work.

Students are asked to apply the skills of formal principles and the techniques appropriate to each area as they develop ideas and make decisions regarding the content while exploring meaning in their work. Through class critiques, the primary form of feedback in a studio class, students will develop verbal skills while discussing of media manipulation; they should learn how to appreciate and understand the many possibilities and approaches to solving a single problem and form evaluative judgments about art in general and specific judgments about individual works. The work itself should demonstrate an understanding of concepts, which have been presented throughout the course. 



Rubbings and monotypes, techniques derived from printmaking, will expand the range of possible texture rendering, importing various patterns from different source, alerting your attention on the actual surface of objects.

Contour line will follow the edges of forms and the outlines of both positive and negative areas. An organized network of lines around volumes will
help create a scaffold-like system to help you encompass a tri-dimensional form into basic geometric shapes.

Cross-hatching - Sequences of overlapped passages in the etchings and drawings of masters such as Piranesi and Rembrandt will be the subject of close examination to learn how to gain control over this tone rendering method. You will be using this technique either with hard pencils and ballpoint pens in small-scale drawing or with softer pencils and charcoals on larger compositions.

Gesture line - A gesture drawing session will be dedicated to exercise with repeated large and fast strokes, in attempt to loosen-up your mark making, and to gain control in pressure changes that will vary the depth of a single-line mark.

Eraser drawing will introduce reverse drawing techniques, from dark to light, on textured and toned papers. We will use compressed and natural
charcoals to develop middle-tone gradations.

Anatomy  - Approaching the human figure in Life Drawing sessions in the attempt to achieve correct proportions and use of the expressive potential of the body. The three sessions will be mainly devoted to: line contours; proportions and scale, solid masses and void. A special attention will be spent on the head structure and on various elements in portraiture.





Grades will be based on the following factors:


Portfolio  (life drawings, site sketches,
assignments)                            50%

suite                                           25%

book                                           25%


Grading will be incrementally lowered for lateness and lack of attendance.

The grading scale for this class, which assigns slightly more points to the solid letter grade, with pluses and minuses spanning few points on either side, is one commonly used at American universities:

(A) 100-93, (A-) 92-90, (B+) 89-87, (B)
86-83, (B-) 82-80, (C+) 79-77, (C) 76-73, (C-) 72-70, (D+) 69-67, (D) 65-60,
(F) below 60.


  1. The Drawing suite - This project should develop as a series of at least three interrelated drawings, to be displayed as a vertical or horizontal sequence. You should choose your topic among the following:

  • Artworks from an Artist of your choice;

  • A time/space sequence related to an itinerary in the city of Rome;

  • A sequence or progression related to an event:



        The Artist book - You will either make your own personal handmade book or recycle an existing one, designing and composing the physical
    support as well as the subject matter. You will have freedom in the format, media choice and technique. You should allow yourself to create a unique object in terms of style, narrative and approach. Freedom of size, paper color, technique, subject matter, as long as it’s meaning is coherent to its design.





      The Art Studio will be locked after class; you will be able to get keys from the entrance desk and sign up your entry time; you must return keys at desk and lock the studio after you leave.

      Please keep the studio areas neat after work, clean your working station, brushes and containers.

      You will be assigned a shelf to store most of your work in progress.

      You will be individually given a standard set of drawing tools and sketchbooks.

      A number of monographic and reference books will be at disposal in the Art Studio; you are invited to develop more extensive study on specific artists or artwork in the Library.

      Work in progress will be subject of review during class hours.

      Each mandatory drawing assignment will be illustrated in class.

      Extra hours (2 to 3) to complete drawing assignments are requested

      Travel plans or other personal commitments may not interfere with attendance and examinations.

      There is a 35.00 € supply cost associated to this class. Please make the payment at the student office.




      • Intro to the Art Studio; relief and texture rendering –
             frottage and rubbings. Overlapping of layers and transparencies.

      Assignment: two compositions with


      • Compose your picture; framing and comparative
             measuring methods.
        The viewfinder. Still life with light sources

      Assignment: two drawings of same still
      life with different life sources.


      • Chiaroscuro rendering; use of tone passages with
             graphite and charcoal. Elements of portraiture, human proportions.

      Assignments: two copies from Master


      • PAPAL AUDIENCE (no class).


      • Life drawing – The figure as line contours - Art

      Assignment: two self-portraits.


      • Individual
        Mid-term Critique

      Assignments for Fall Break: twelve
      sketches to be done on site.


      • Fall Semester Break


      • Life drawing –
             The figure, proportions and scale. Art studio.

      Assignment: two copies of life drawings from Degas.


      • Meeting on site: Modern Art Museum in Valle Giulia;
             bring sketchbook.

      Assignment: choose two artist’s work
      from the Museum display and re-develop them.


      • Art studio. Artist Book
             Project; visual and written narrative, binding and folding folios.

      Assignment: work on the book structure.


      • Life drawing – The figure as solid masses and voids -
             Art studio.

      Assignment: three eraser drawings on
      toned papers.


      • FRIDAY CLASS - Meeting on
             site: Palazzo Altemps – National Archeological Museum, near Piazza

      Assignment: One copy of an antique
      decorative frieze.


      • Meeting on site: Capitolini Complex at
             Piazza Venezia
        Assignment: two copies from Master Drawings.


      • Meeting on site: MAXXI Rome Contemporary
             Art Museum;
        bring sketchbook.

      Assignment: two drawings after artwork
      seen at the exhibition.


      • Collage and de-collage - finishing the Artist book and
             the Drawing suite - Art Studio.

      Assignment: finish up Drawing suite,
      Artist book and all mandatory assignments.


      • FRIDAY 6:00pm – 7:30pm - Fine Art Exhibition in the Art


      • SATURDAY 11:30am to 1:30pm - Final Critique on
             Portfolios, Drawing suite, Artist book.