Painting at Sea: Collage

Discipline: Studio Art
Instructor: McLeod
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1050
End: 1205
Field Work: Day 1 | China
Prerequisites: successful completion of college level studio art course Download Syllabus

This course explores mixed-media collage as an art form. The activity of creating collage includes appropriation, assemblage, drawing, painting, and craftsmanship. Development of critical artistic vision is essential in producing quality mixed-media collage. In assembling and producing collage, the artist must include/exclude, mute/amplify, balance/imbalance, configure/reconfiguration and imaginatively enhance the various visual components. Drawing and painting are equally important in the construction of a visual collage statement, and that visual statement must be firmly based on a concise conceptual underpinning or notion. Students will collect in their Sketchbook Journal a myriad of visual data including sketches, drawings, painting sketches, photos, and cultural information from the ports-of-call. These fragments of visual information will be crafted together with drawing and painting to produce collages descriptive of and sensitive to the various places and cultures of the voyage.

Field Work

Country: China
Day: 1

The class will gather Chinese cultural and aesthetic information through sketches, extended drawings, photographs, postcards, and printed materials while on location in the Shanghai Museum and the Art Museum of Shanghai, both at People’s Square (a former racetrack turned public park) in the Huangpu District of Shanghai.  Working in sketchbook journals using a variety of drawing tools and techniques, students will complete study drawings of the objects of art, architectural studies of the buildings, building details, design motifs, fashion, and historical distinctions in Chinese art and culture. Through the day periodic class critiques will guide and inform the students’ visual and cultural information gathering.
Academic Objectives:
  1. Observe, sketch, and draw cultural objects, decorative arts, design motifs, patterns, and costumes.
  2. Use a variety of drawing materials to develop experience in observation of cultural artifacts to ascertain Chinese cultural and aesthetic information.
  3. On location, students will participate in individual, small group, and whole group critiques of their sketches and finished drawings created during the day.