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 concepts of
scale, color, and mark-making. Required for
sophomore Drawing Majors. Cross listed
with VAT. Offered fall.
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
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of the course will focus on the construction of a drawing utilizing a variety of sources including: observation, historical reference, photographs, digital images, and the imagination.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.
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.
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 an 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.
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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