This course explores mixed-media collage as an art form. The activity of creating collage includes appropriation, assemblage, drawing, painting, and craftsmanship. Development of critical artistic vision is essential in producing quality mixed-media collage. In assembling and producing collage, the artist must include/exclude, mute/amplify, balance/imbalance, configure/reconfiguration and imaginatively enhance the various visual components. Drawing and painting are equally important in the construction of a visual collage statement, and that visual statement must be firmly based on a concise conceptual underpinning or notion. Students will collect in their Sketchbook Journal a myriad of visual data including sketches, drawings, painting sketches, photos, and cultural information from the ports-of-call. These fragments of visual information will be crafted together with drawing and painting to produce collages descriptive of and sensitive to the various places and cultures of the voyage.
Field WorkCountry: Russia
Day: 1 - St. Petersburg - Thursday, 29 August
The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great of Russia. The collection includes Western European Art, Egyptian Art, Ceramics and Porcelain, and sculpture. Weather permitted, students will draw both inside and outside the Winter Palace. Working in sketchbook journals using a variety of drawing tools and techniques, students will complete study drawing of the objects of art, architectural studies of the buildings, building details, design motifs, fashion, and historical distinctions in Russian and European art and culture. Students will be provided with a series of questions to answer and drawing/research to be completed. Through the day periodic class critiques will guide and inform the students’ visual and cultural information gathering. Academic Objectives:
- To gather visual cultural information in sketchbooks
- To make cultural observations based on the visual art of a nationality
- To begin to learn to use their personal sketchbook journals on location(s) in country.