ARTH 502 Fall 2014 Approaches to Drawing from Connoisseurship to Conceptualism

This course will consider the art of drawing as a pedagogical tool and cultural practice from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. Creative and commercial forces over four centuries have fostered different types of and reasons for production: presentation drawings in sixteenth century Italy, an increased market for drawings in seventeenth century Holland, a fashion for powdery pastels in eighteenth century France, and the critical promotion of drawing as a form of autographic thinking in the nineteenth century. Drawing has enjoyed a resurgence in the last fifty years as Minimalism and Conceptualism have pushed the medium's boundaries. Equal consideration will be given to the history of collecting and to materials from the invention of the Conté crayon to the deteriorating effects of acidic paper. The class will be held in the Manton Study Center for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs with visits to the Williams College Museum of Art.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on involved class participation, several short presentations, one short paper, and a final paper of approx. 20 pages
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Enrollment Preference: given to graduate students and then to senior majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 14
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Class Number: 1068
ARTH 502 - 01 (F) SEM Approaches to Drawing Division 1: Languages and the Arts Jay A. Clarke
W 1:30 PM-4:10 PM Clark Art Seminar Room 1068
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