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This course is designed to introduce students to the basic elements of drawing.
The first half of the course will expose students to formal and fundamental aspects of the visual language through observational drawing exercises. Working from the still life, landscape, and human form, concepts and skills related to line, space, form, and perspective will be introduced. Students will work with a wide variety of materials and will gain facility in media such as charcoal, graphite, collage, watercolor and ink.
As the term progresses, assignments and exercises will become more complex and students will explore more conceptual ideas in drawing related to material specificity, research, experimentation, and working from the imagination. The class will conclude with a publication of a zine. The theme or topic of the publication will be determined by the dynamic of the class and the students’ curiosities and concerns. Through lectures, assigned readings, screenings, and visits to the WCMA, this course hopes to expand what it means to draw and to become aware of how drawing appears in the practices of other artists as well the world outside of art contexts.
Format: studio; The class will meet in-person twice weekly. Depending on the class size we may break into smaller independent lab groups / discussion groups.
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
quality of work produced, depth and quality of investigative process, participation in critique and discussion, class citizenship, attendance
current and prospective art majors