Fall 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
A course for drawing to become a more personal exploration, where concepts and strategies will be introduced in class and explored to push the boundaries of material, subject, vision, process and interpretation, whether the focus is the figure, a narrative, a geometry or an idea. Historical and Contemporary examples will augment the course. Personal voice and investigation is encouraged.
Traditional methods and approaches to drawing can yield timeless and contemporary motifs. For example, a traditional term in drawing, “pentimenti” (the visible evidence of an artist’s mistakes or previous decisions in a drawing), can suggest time, space, movement or memory. Contemporary sources, on the other hand, also may help define structures for personal ideas and serve to explode the expectations of “what is drawing?” further transforming the modes and methods of drawing in new and exciting ways. For example, introducing words and language can entice a drawn line; diagrammatic structures may resemble a landscape of ideas; and a wall sculpture may take a line into a three-dimensional “drawing.”
Artists have said, “Drawing is a way to ‘think out loud’.” Drawing has been revered for its immediacy, intimacy, and economy, its traditional tools making visible mercurial thoughts and experiences; or carefully manipulated, sharing the color and form found in painting. Some contemporary conceptual or process motivated drawing practices suggest the subject of drawing is the tool, mark, method and material, and while no longer producing an immediate image, they exploit the fragility of the material. Regardless of each student’s path, drawing can explore thoughts that are at once monumental, fantastic and mysterious and it can allow us to access things perhaps we cannot get to in any other way.
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