This course explores drawing as an art form and as a language of thought. Drawing is an activity of observation, perception, mark-making, and analysis. Through drawing exercises, students will identify modes of experiencing and seeing objects and spaces in the real world. Students will develop drawing mechanisms for visual recording and for personal expression. The functional concepts of this course are seeing, thinking, and drawing at an introductory level. No previous drawing experience is presumed, but this class will also allow the more experienced art students to further develop their drawing skills and their artistic vision. Based on acute observation and experience of the real world, both aboard the ship and in the ports, the class will consider line, form and space, value, perception, focus, illusion, and the expressive, emotional aspects of drawing while developing a conceptual basis for drawing as an art form. Students will engage in drawing exercises and finished drawings in class and as homework. The final product of the course will be a portfolio of specified drawings and a journal of daily drawings, impressions, and perceptions with great emphasis on visual information gathered on shore in the various cultures.
Field WorkCountry: Spain
Day: 2 - Cadiz - Tuesday, 1 October
While on location, students will complete preliminary sketches and extended study drawing of architecture, sculpture, old books, and manuscripts. 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 the archeological pieces and paintings of the Cadiz Museum 2. Experience and draw at the Plaza de Mina, a park and neighborhood surrounding the Cadiz Museum