This course explores drawing as an art form and as a language of thought with projects emphasizing drawing skills and analytical thinking. Based on observation and experience of the real world, both aboard the ship and in the ports, students will develop a conceptual basis for their drawings using line, value, perception, focus, imagination, and the expressive, emotional aspects of drawing. On shipboard, students will engage in drawing exercises and finished drawings in class and as homework. In ports, the students will document their observations of the cultures and places. The majority of assignments will be concept-based to encourage students to develop individual visual language.
Todai-Ji is a Buddhist temple complex in the city of Nara. Its Great Buddha Hall is the largest wooden building in the world, housing the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha (114 meters high). The path to Kasuga Shrine (Shinto shrine of the Fujiward family) and the Kasurgayama Primeval Forest near it passes through Deer Park where tame deer roam free. Over a thousand stone lanterns line the path and Man’yo Botanical Garden is adjacent to the shrine. With group instruction and periodic individual and group critiques during the day, students will draw Japanese architecture and sculpture in the landscape from direct observation. Using a variety of drawing materials, students will create quick sketches and extended drawings. Various drawings will emphasize vistas, close up details, near/middle/far focus in the landscape, and viewpoint (such as looking sharply up at the immense Buddha).
1. Focus in the landscape: create a drawing with a clear focal point in a landscape context.
2. Substance: using a variety of line quality, show the difference in substance of objects in the landscape (i.e. the stone lanterns vs. delicate flora of the gardens).
3. Near, middle, and far: develop a spatial drawing that visually describes depth and space.
4. Live models: sketch the living tame deer of the Deer Park demonstrating life, motion, energy, and proportion.
3. Viewpoint: create a drawing with an unusual viewpoint (i.e. looking radically UP at the Great Buddha)