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 continue development of the 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 continue to develop individual visual language.
Field WorkCountry: Germany
Day: 1 - Hamburg - Thursday, 5 September
Hamburg Rathaus - the city hall or town hall—of Hamburg, Germany, is the seat of the government of Hamburg, located in the Altstadt quarter in the city center near the lake Binnenalster and the central station. Constructed from 1886 to 1897, the city hall still houses its original governmental functions with the office of the First Mayor of Hamburg and the meeting rooms for Hamburg's parliament and senate (the city's executive). The Hamburger Kunsthalle is one of the largest and most important museums of art in Germany. Its superb permanent collection takes visitors on a journey through seven centuries of art history, from the medieval altars of Master Bertram through to the stars of the contemporary art scene such as Gerhard Richter and Neo Rauch with additional rotating special exhibitions. With group instruction and periodic individual and group critiques during the day, students will draw architecture and sculpture in the library from direct observation. While on location, students will complete preliminary sketches and extended study drawing of architecture, architectural details, sculptures, and paintings. After the Field Lab, students will compete 3 or more finished drawings documenting their observations and experiences on the Field Lab. Academic Objectives: 1. Examine and draw from sculpture, fountains, and 3D public art 2. Experience and draw details, spaces and facades of these historical public buildings in Hamburg 3. Gather and draw visual data from historical and contemporary German artists, researching their contributions to western art history.