Course Information

for Drawing Department

 

Drawing: Space and Meaning (DR201)

Credits:3

This course investigates a variety of approaches to describe and communicate spatial information. Students work from direct observation of landscape, still life, interior space, and the human figure, investigating expressive and narrative possibilities. Complex compositional, spatial, and lighting situations, and multiple figure poses will challenge students’ technical and conceptual drawing abilities. They also explore the implications of the artist’s choice of spatial structures and introduce students to non-Western spatial conventions, as well as mapping, gridding, and patterning.

Drawing: Strategies and Media (DR202)

Credits:3

Students explore a range of strategies and processes and experiment with traditional and contemporary media in solving problems that deal with space, time, narrative, and abstraction. This course supports the student in broadening drawing strategies, taking risks, experimenting with materials and surfaces, expanding subject matter, content and thinking while working conceptually

Digital Form and Space (DR203)

Credits:3

Digital Drawing Form and Space focuses on the planning and construction of two and three-dimensional forms, spaces and figures through digital media. These processes include digital drawing techniques, 3D modeling, photography, and other drawing/painting based software. Students will learn to convincingly render objects and environments in space for digital and print media output. This course explores a combination of tools and skills to aid students in an iterative drawing process from rapid visualization to fully realized spatial renderings. Point of view, perspective, proportion, color and value will be fundamental topics throughout the course. Typically taken concurrently with FY101.

Representational Drawing (DR204)

Credits:3

Students will explore the visual language of drawing through observation and critical examination of contemporary and historical practices in order to facilitate technical and conceptual development. Topics include still life, environmental structure and the human form. These subjects are explored through the use of multiple media and surfaces. Additionally, students will explore gesture and mark making using inks and acrylic. Typically taken concurrently with FY101

Expanded Drawing (DR205)

Credits:3

Expanded Drawing encourages students to explore, adapt and invent observational processes across a broad range of media and experiences. Students apply the essential drawing elements of line, value, texture, shape, color, composition, and perspective to a variety of interdisciplinary media to embody contemporary methods of production. Students will engage these topics across conventional as well as innovative media, such as: graphite, charcoal, digital drawing and collage. This course is typically taken concurrently with FY101.

Drawing: Contemporary Practices (DR301)

Credits:3

In the process of encouraging more freedom, responsibility, and personal decision-making in each student, this course introduces students to concepts, roles, processes and practices that characterize contemporary drawing. Through research and individual practice, the student gains an understanding of the place and value of drawing in contemporary art and in their own art making.

Figure Drawing (DR302)

Credits:3

This course allows the student to explore the figure from a variety of points of view and for a variety of purposes, including formal, descriptive, portrait, expressive, social, cultural, iconic, metaphorical, symbolic and narrative. There is attention to both traditional and contemporary approaches to meet individual student needs.

Drawing as Inquiry (DR308)

Credits:3

This course puts strong and consistent emphasis on research as a basis for the development and sophistication of drawing, both product and process. This course focuses on drawing as a means of intentional research/investigation in the context of strategy, process and concept. Varied approaches to drawing are all built around preliminary and substantial research leading to drawing solutions to issues or ideas independently chosen by the student.

Intermediate Drawing: Collage (DR309)

Credits:3

Students will be exposed to a variety of collage techniques – both historical and contemporary. Collage will be utilized as a tool for drawing, as well as a means of juxtaposing images to create content.