Introduction to Drawing at Sea

1000:
Discipline: Studio Art
Instructor: McLeod
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 0925
End: 1040
Field Work: Day 1 | Hawaii, United States Download Syllabus

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 Work

Country: Hawaii, United States
Day: 1

At the black lava beaches of Coconut Island near the port at Hilo, Hawaii, Intro to Drawing students will develop skills of quick sketching and extended drawing of near, middle, and far ground perspectives including landscape details, forms and spaces in the landscape, and vistas. Specifically the students will observe and draw the lava rock formations, tidal pools, beach-side trees and plants, green sea turtles, swimmers and sunbathers, and seascapes. Using a variety of drawing materials, students will develop experience in seeing/thinking/drawing from direct observation. Throughout the day students will engage in individual critiques with the instructor as well as small and whole-group critiques with their classmates.  Skills learned in this Field Lab will be applied in the Field Work Journal drawings that are required in all major ports of the voyage. Academic Objectives:
  1. Develop skills of quick sketching and extended drawing of near, middle, and far ground including landscape details, forms and spaces in the landscape, and vistas.
  2. Specifically the students will observe and draw the lava rock formations, tidal pools, beach-side trees and plants, green sea turtles, swimmers and sunbathers, and seascapes.