Drawing at Sea (section 1)

Discipline: Studio Art
Instructor: Serio
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 1425
End: 1540
Field Work: Day 1 - Ho Chi Minh City - 14 February | Vietnam Download Syllabus

This beginning drawing class is designed to teach students the skills of observation, to introduce them to different mark-making techniques and to encourage exploration of different drawing materials.  Early in the semester, students will learn techniques designed to strengthen hand-eye coordination and to develop techniques for visual measuring. Students will learn how to draw three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional plane.  As the semester progresses, students will experiment with numerous materials and explores methods such as additive and subtractive value drawing, wet and dry charcoal, color with cray-pas, and brush drawing.  While in ports, students will keep a personal journal/sketchbook and collect materials to be incorporated into projects while at sea.

Field Work

Country: Vietnam
Day: 1 - Ho Chi Minh City - 14 February

We will travel to Cholon, old China town, where we will visit two significant pagodas. Quan Am Pagoda, founded in the 1800s by Chinese living in Viet Nam, is a complex containing numerous decorative structures and elaborate gardens and courtyards, and Giac Lam Pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in the city, is the location of hundreds of statues, a seven-story stupa, and many ornate altars. Our guide will discuss the architectural, historic, and religious significance of these structures. At each location students will observe, write, photograph and draw with two goals in mind: in-port journals entries and perspective studies. Small scale drawings of detail, color and pattern will be incorporated into journals while perspective observations will be incorporated into long-term drawings to be completed on the ship. The professor and students will work together and have both one-on-one critiques and group critiques. Academic Objectives:

  1. To record historic and religious information through words, drawings and photographs
  2. To create objects which show an understanding of perspective.
  3. To draw three-dimensional images on a two-dimension plane.
  4. To incorporate decorative pattern details  and color palettes into journal entries