This class introduces basic elements of the language of drawing, emphasizing observation: measuring, line quality, shape and proportion, form and space, planar structure, linear and atmospheric perspective, light and shadow. We will work principally from still lifes, interiors, and landscape, with some master drawing copies. Drawing from imagination and abstract drawing from poetry will explore expressive, conceptual (non-perceptual) approaches. All drawing styles involve mediation between the abstract pattern on the 2D surface (picture plane), and the 3D illusion of space behind it. Ways of making space—overlapping, diagonals, placement, atmospheric perspective, diminishing size—will be analyzed. Coherent and creative composition stressed. Media include pencil, charcoals, and ink, and students will also keep a sketchbook to work from observation at port. The changing function of drawing through history, in relation to various cultural viewpoints, will be discussed.
Field WorkCountry: Ghana
Day: 1 - Sunday, 27 March
Students will execute 3 drawings, one from imagination and 2 from observation, involving 5-7 figures in the landscapes and cityscapes of Takoradi, Ghana. These drawings will demonstrate what the student has learned in class.
1. Students will apply what they’ve learned in class to a landscapes or cityscapes - measuring, space, texture and composition.
2. Students will include 5-7 figures in 3 drawings, 2 from observation and 1 from imagination, in ink and charcoal, showing clear foreground, middle ground and background.
3. Students will experience a complex project development as they continue to work on these drawings after the lab has ended