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 WorkCountry: South Africa
Day: 6 - Cape Town - Wednesday, 2 April
We will travel to South Africa’s beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens where we will learn about unusual plant life, draw and photograph. Students will create not only non-objective landscapes to explore color and aerial perspective but also small scale drawings of detail, color and pattern which will be incorporated into journals. Each will be expanded upon while on the ship. The professor and students will work together and have both one-on-one critiques and group critiques. Next, we will visit a Fair Trade organization which employs bead artists from the townships. This non-profit company hires and trains disadvantaged artists who may be the sole income producer in a family. The artists create one-of-a kind bead and wire sculptures which are individually tagged and signed. All profits are reinvested into the community. We will meet with an artist and representative and learn more about how this company works and have an open question session. Academic Objectives:
- To collect landscape references on site at one of South Africa’s most beautiful gardens
- To work small scale and include fore, middle, and background object to create depth
- To experiment with non-objective imagery to convey shadow, highlight and shade with color
- To visit a fair trade art organization and learn about artists who participate.