Drawing is a technical and artistic process that utilizes dry mark-making instruments on a two-dimensional picture plane. While many drawings are created on paper, using materials such as graphite, charcoal, erasers, paintsticks, or watersoluble crayons, artists also draw on many other surfaces to realize their artistic visions. The immediacy of drawing allows artists to explore the compositional elements of a work and the freedom to conduct experiments with form and style. Especially in Western Art, the history of drawing can be linked to the practice of sketching or creating studies of works to be completed in other media, for example paintings and sculptures. In contrast, many contemporary artists create drawings as finished works and many combine the skills of drawing with painting techniques or other media.
Drawing I is a foundational studio art course that explores drawing methods through an emphasis on descriptive, expressive, and conceptual approaches. Students will learn to see and interpret a variety of subjects while using diverse materials and techniques. Course work will facilitate a dialogue in which students will engage in critical analysis and begin to develop their understanding of drawing as a discipline. Drawing II emphasizes drawing from still life, landscape, human figure, and architectural subjects by rendering line, form, light and shade in pencil, charcoal, and pen and ink. Life Drawing focuses on the development of drawing skills, techniques, and aesthetic sensibilities related to artistic expression in a variety of dry and wet media with emphasis on detailed study of the human form to include rendering, mood, expression, and skeletal-muscular systems.
Drawing I is a prerequisite for all other Drawing classes
The Drawing Studios consist of an open floor plan with easels, drawing boards, drawing tables, and drawing horses. The labs are equipped with a projector for in-class lectures and demonstrations. These state-of-the-art spaces contain model stands and professional lighting for Life Drawing classes which work primarily from live models. Classes are limited to 12 students in order to allow ample space for learning about and producing drawing