This course will focus on the fundamentals of drawing: visual perception, elements of line, gesture, proportion, spatial relationships, scale, value, and texture. It is intended for beginning students. During the semester, students will develop a range of skills that will enable them to hone 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 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 records shipboard life and port experiences.
Field WorkCountry: England
This Field Lab will provide students in Drawing at Sea (Section 2) the rare opportunity to view the largest exhibit of Leonardo da Vinci's studies of the human body ever assembled. The Italian Renaissance genius, Leonardo da Vinci, is widely considered one of greatest artists of all time. His breadth of knowledge and understanding of human anatomy are matched by his exquisite artistic skill and inimitable drawing techniques. The scope and depth of his contributions to the world of art and science are without precedent. This body of work is considered a world treasure and among the greatest gems of the Royal Collection.