Travel Sketchbook (Section 1)

Discipline: Studio Art
Instructor: Rowen
Credits: 3
Day: null
Start: 08:00
End: 09:15
Field Work: Day 1 | Spain Download Syllabus

This course will focus on developing drawing skills and observational strategies for keeping a travel sketchbook. Students will be asked to consider and explore through drawing the individual character and particular beauty of the places they visit. Classroom time will be divided between slide lectures and studio sessions. Lecture will provide historical background and present examples of travel sketches by artists and architects, illustrating drawing techniques and strategies. Students will be asked to consider issues of line, form, light and shadow, scale, context, color, palette and pattern. As their skills develop, they will also learn to identify beauty and character of place, to consider what to draw and how to draw it. Students will be required to keep a sketchbook while in port, including a specific drawing assignment during each stop. The final product of the course will be a in two parts: a group exhibition project and an individual portfolio of drawings selected from the work done in port, organized to convey connections and uniqueness in their drawings, and how these reflect that character of the places they have visited. COURSE OBJECTIVES The primary course objective is to introduce students to the joy and discipline of drawing while travelling. The course will encourage the life-long habit of recording the beauty and character of the places they visit through the development in observational and technical drawing skills. All drawing will be done from life, while observing the place one is in. Particular emphasis will be given to the issues specific to drawing while travelling – portability, speed, limitations of media and location – as well as the subject matter of place – man, man-made and natural surroundings. Students will be encouraged to make choices in what they draw and how to best capture the character of place.

Field Work

Country: Spain
Day: 1

This Field Lab will provide students with their first in-port drawing experience, while providing them with a close view of two of the greatest artists to emerge from turn of the 20th century Barcelona. The day will begin with a drive through the city, passing several of the greatest masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926) - the Catalan master of Art Nouveau who is inextricably linked with Barcelona. The first stop will be at Gaudi's Parc Güell, a garden abounding in the architect's signature touches, from the whimsical shape of the cast-iron benches and porticoes to the stunning mosaic work. After a brief introduction, students will begin drawing in place, completing a series of short and longer drawing assignments as they move through the park. Professor Rowen will guide students in applying the observational and technical skills learned in class, and critique their drawings as they work. Box lunch will be provided and enjoyed in the park. Students will then board their motor coach for a drive down Passeig de Gràcia, a wide boulevard lined with some of the city's most celebrated Art Nouveau buildings, including Casa Batlló, and Casa Milà, the last secular building Gaudí designed, known for its unique façade, undulating smooth stone walls and elaborate iron balconies. The group will arrive at the Picasso Museum, which boasts an extensive collection of artwork by the Spanish painter, draughtsman and sculptor, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), one of the most recognized figures in 20th century art. The museum's collection is housed in the Palau Aguilar, which features five adjoining medieval palaces surrounding a late Gothic-early Renaissance courtyard. The permanent collection includes more than 3,800 works of Picasso, including paintings, drawings, engravings and ceramics. Students will pay particular attention to the sketches and drawings that Picasso created during his childhood and adolescence. After a break in the museum café, students will depart the museum for a self- guided sketching excursion through the narrow streets of Barcelona's Barri Gotic (the old Gothic Quarter), finding inspiration and unlimited in the old Gothic Quarter's historic palaces, courtyards and plazas.