Academics . Courses
Primary goals of Drawing 1 focus on core drawing concepts; basic methods, tools and materials; and an introduction into the language of mark making. Composition and visual analysis are emphasized through drawing from observation, including perspective theories as they relate to objects and environments. Students utilize observational information to develop a broad range of manual and perceptual skills and to develop an ability to translate the three-dimensional world into two dimensions. Students are challenged to develop a strong drawing practice through in-class work, out of class assignments, and in on-going drawing/sketch books. Offered fall.
Course No. FND 118 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Barbara Chira | Christian Wulffen | Douglas Sanderson | Gretchen Goss | Jimmy Kuehnle | Michael Meier | Sai Sinbondit | Sarah Kabot | Terry Clark
Prerequisite(s) Drawing I
Drawing 2 continues to build on basic drawing concepts, methods, and materials that were introduced in the previous semester. Emphasis for Drawing 2 is on the human figure, with observational drawing from the live model in the classroom, and weekly out-of-class drawing assignments which explore various figurative concepts. Special attention is given to composition, visual analysis, and expression through drawing from observation, including perspective theories as they relate to objects and environments. The language of mark making is also introduced in a range of drawing media. Students develop a personal approach through the use of drawing/sketchbooks. Students are challenged to incorporate skills and theories into resolved drawings; to think critically regarding the content and process of drawing; to develop confidence when experimenting with new media; and to develop vocabulary in order to be an active, informed participant in class discussions and critiques. Prerequisite: FND117 Drawing I. Offered spring.
Drawing Major Day: Drawing in Context
Course No. DRG 415M Credits: 3.0
Faculty Anthony Ingrisano
What provides the context for a contemporary drawing? Is it the graphic novel or a classical form of figurative representation? Does it find its place in the space of the gallery or on the street? Students will explore the ways in which form and style contribute to the content of their work. Projects are student driven with an emphasis on working with each student to develop his or her ideas through research, exploration, and experimentation. Museum and gallery excursions and visiting artists are regularly scheduled to expose students to historical and contemporary artwork and practice. Required for senior Drawing majors.
Course No. DRG 430 Credits: 3.0
Building on understandings of narrative, systems and context, students will work towards the creation of a final BFA thesis. Through working in the studio, students will build a coherent understanding of the process, content, and context for their artwork, as drawing. Students will produce works in response to topics and through critique, readings and discussion come to an understanding of how they function in their own work. Required of all senior drawing majors and open as an elective with the prerequisite of Illusionism or through permission of instructor or Drawing chair.
Drawing: Images: Series, Episodes + Time
Course No. DRG 27X-37X-47X Credits: 3.0
Through the many permutations of the discipline such as drawing as narrative, drawing as process, and drawing as animation, the concept of the sequential will be explored. The course will include readings, in-class discussion and critiques, as well as an examination of the practices of diverse artists including William Kentridge, Matthew Ritchie, Judith Bernstein, William Anastasi, and Marjane Satrapi. Assignments will be given that address various methods of describing time through the medium. This course is open to all majors and is cross-listed with Visual Arts.
Course No. DRG 399-499 Credits: 0.0
Elective credit can be given on a case-by-case basis for student internships developed through the Career Center office, with advance permission of instructor and department chair.
Drawing: Style Context
Students explore diverse disciplines in, and develop a wide range of, visual linguistics and technical skills. Traditional and unconventional mediums and materials are explored and verified through application. An infinite range of resource information is utilized from direct observation, photo documentation, and introspective insights. Projects are student driven with an emphasis on working with the student to develop their ideas through research, exploration, and experimentation with different drawing media. Using critique as a format for class interaction, work will be presented for both formal and interpretive analysis during several stages in its production. Museum and gallery excursions and visiting artists are regularly scheduled to expose students to historical and contemporary artwork and practice.
Drawn to Care: Portraiture + Medicine
Course No. EP 200X.01-201X.01 EP300X.01-3 Credits: 3.0
How can portraiture affect both patient wellbeing and the artist’s relationship to “other”? Supervised by a faculty member, this year-long, field-based practicum (1.5 cr. per semester) provides interested, qualified students from all majors an opportunity to engage as artists “in residence” at the Cleveland Clinic. Students spend 2–4 hours per week on-site, drawing and/or painting portraits of patients, in material and/or digital media. Scheduling is customized to each student’s overall class schedule. Equipment is provided on-site. Students also meet periodically in seminar on campus, and maintain a reflection blog/portfolio. The end of the project year includes a culminating exhibit of all work produced in the course, and gifting of the original work or framed prints back to the patients. Students responsible for their own transportation. Open studio elective. Prerequisite: conversation with instructor and portrait portfolio. 1.5 credits/semester. Fall and Spring enrollment required for 3 credits.
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