ARTH 510
Approaches to Drawing from Connoisseurship to Conceptualism Fall 2017
Division I
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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 the 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 seminar will coincide with a major loan exhibition at the Clark of over one hundred drawings from the Renaissance through contemporary: Drawing in Depth: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection. The class will be held in the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper and the Clark galleries with visits to the Williams College Museum of Art.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 8
Class#: 1975
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on involved class participation, several short presentations, one short paper, and a final paper approx. 20 pages
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: preference given to Graduate Program students and then to senior Art History majors
Distributions: Division I

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