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Illusionism: Intro to Drawing

Course No. DRG 215M  Credits: 3.0

Advancing the illusionistic rendering skills developed in the first year, students will be introduced to a variety of theories related to sight and perception. Students will develop skills with several traditional mediums and materials as well as experiment with concepts of scale, color, and mark-making. Required for sophomore Drawing majors. Cross-listed with VAT. Offered fall.

100 Drawings

Course No. DRG 216M  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Michael Meier

In creating 100 drawings within a single semester, students will move through many forms of drawing, from direct observation to work from photographic sources, from abstraction to the idiosyncratic. Assignments are sequenced to encourage experimentation and play with a wide range of drawing materials and methods. At the conclusion of the course, students will have begun to develop their own point of view, style, and approach to drawing. Required for Sophomore Drawing Majors. Offered spring.

Drawing as Image, Process, and Plan

Course No. DRG 21X-31X-41X  Credits: 3.0

Initial projects of the course will focus on the construction of a drawing utilizing a variety of sources including: observation, historical reference, photographs, digital images, and the imagination. Discussion will focus on contextualizing the drawing as object, locating it through the study of pertinent theory and history. In further projects students will consider the drawing as part of a larger process in developing 2-D images through a variety of media. Important to this discussion will be concerns of composition, scale, and media and their relationship to concept and content. Students will then research artists who have utilized drawing as a planning tool for film, sculpture, and other media. The focus of these projects will be on how the drawing aids the artist in conceptualizing a form in space and time.

Drawing Beyond Observation

Course No. DRG 221  Credits: 3.0

This course will explore strategies for representation beyond direct perception, moving past the use of the traditional still life, landscape, or model as subject. How can a drawing describe the world that is beyond the range of our common visual observations? Different approaches to drawing, including free-association, metaphor, and mapping are explored to help define and circumvent personal barriers. Required for junior Drawing majors. Offered fall. Formerly DRG 221-321M-421.

Figure Drawing

Course No. DRG 225  Credits: 3.0

Students will develop an individual approach to the figure through relevant historical and contemporary systems of representation. This course emphasizes on innovative approach to drawing using the figure as a vehicle and primary focus for metaphoric or literal interpretations, and as a site for conceptual inquiry. Diverse combinations of traditional and unconventional mediums will be introduced. Individual reviews of work in progress and group critiques are an integral part of the studio concentration. Museum, gallery excursions, and visiting artists are regularly scheduled to enlighten student pursuits. Formerly DRG 226-326-426.

Systems Drawing

Course No. DRG 360  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Amber Kempthorn

This course will investigate the means by which various systems of drawing and representation function as methods of communication. How do historical, cultural and social contexts frame an artist's ability to send messages through their work? And, like in a game of telephone, in any system of communication it is inevitable that potential problems may occur- misunderstandings, errors, and falsehoods. Can these absorbed into the content of the work? Illusionistic, abstract, allegorical, diagrammatic, mathematical and idiosyncratic systems of drawing and representation will be investigated through this course, through studio practice, readings, critique and in-class discussion. Required of all junior Drawing majors. Formerly DRG 360-460.

Drawing: Images: Series, Episodes + Time

Course No. DRG 37X  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. Formerly 27X-37X-47X.

3-Dimensional Drawing: The Psychology of Space

Course No. DRG 38X  Credits: 3.0

Through a theoretical understanding of drawing as mapping students will be asked to deal with problems of three-dimensionality in relationship to movement and time through space. Of particular interest will be concerns of mapping, spatial location and relative positioning and the ideas fourth dimensionality or the "hidden." Students will be asked to consider ideas of trace, residue, and rhizomatic or non-linear vs. linear progressions. Questions will include: How does the student navigate both three-dimensional and conceptual spaces? How can space be explored, mapped, studied both as a physical location and a spatial event. Formerly DRG 38X-39X.

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Sarah Kabot

Associate Professor | Chair of Drawing

Sarah's work has been exhibited in galleries such as Vermont Studio Center; the Cultural Center of Polecni, Pi...more

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