This course will focus on the fundamentals of drawing: elements of line, gesture, composition, proportion, spatial relationships, scale, value, and texture. It is intended for beginning students as an introduction to learning to draw. During the semester, students will develop a range of skills that will enable them to sharpen their observational sensibilities and then apply them to their work. We will explore the notion of visual perception and how to record what we see. Students will be introduced to the works of historical and contemporary masters for clarification of concepts, as well as for inspiration. A series of classroom exercises will initially focus on gaining a working knowledge of fundamental drawing skills and techniques. In port, students will sketch and draw, recording images that represent aspects of the countries and cultures encountered. Photographs may also be used as source material for drawing assignments. Each student will keep a drawing journal that is a record of shipboard life and port experiences. A laptop computer and digital camera are invaluable tools for this class.
Field WorkCountry: Portugal
Day: 1 - Lisbon - Wednesday, 1 October
Students will view historical works of art and design through a tour of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the Museum of Design and Fashion, and the National Tile Museum. Students will gather cultural and aesthetic information through sketches, extended drawings, photographs, postcards, and printed materials. Working in sketchbook journals and using a variety of drawing tools and techniques, students will complete studies of art objects, architecture of the city and the ocean. Through the day students will engage in class critiques to share information and engage in critical dialogue. Academic Objectives: 1. Gather knowledge of historical and contemporary art. 2. Observe and sketch cultural objects and architecture. 3. Participate in individual, small group and collective critiques to share observations.