• Intermediate
  • Drawing

This course is designed to give students a better idea of a wide spectrum of the possibilities in contemporary drawing, and how it can inform their own work. Assignments will be geared toward expanding the student’s notions of drawing, both technically and conceptually. Using ink as a primary medium to explore technique and concept we will experiment with creative drawing practices.  Traditional approaches like still life and life drawing will be de-emphasized in order to find other sources for making work that are more self directed. These projects will include working from formal components of a photograph to manipulate elements of design; creating an image bank, and using transparency and layering. Our exercises are designed to expand students’ ideas of how they can create drawing, and further their own work.  Slide presentations and discussions will show students how other artists use drawing in challenging formats.

10-week: Tuition: $405 

Notes: Students should have some experience in drawing or have taken coursework in Beginning and/or Intermediate Drawing, Mixed Media.
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What you will learn

  • Utilizing ink material techniques in contemporary drawing.
  • Interpreting project parameters to explore personal drawing interests
  • Exploring themes and issues prevalent in contemporary drawing, and contemporary artists
  • Learning to evaluate one’s own work through group critiques finding one’s own voice in the field of contemporary drawing.

Materials to Bring

Drawing as a Contemporary Practice is an intermediate to advanced course so students will generally work with the drawing media that suits their projects. That said, I also want this course to encourage the students to expand their experience in drawing in relation to materials, form, and content.

These are things you should have:

Sketchbook. At least 11 x 14 inches but if transport convenience is a factor you could go with the 9 x 12 in.

Paper: Stack of paper for both wet treatment and dry treatments.  If cost is a factor, consider buying in pads.  Should be at least 15 x 20.  

Wet media: Canson has a 15 sheet watercolour pad in this dimension and Arches has a 20 sheet watercolour blocks in 14” x 20 and 18 x 24 in both cold and hot press (cold press is textured, hot press is smooth).

Dry media:  Canson now puts out very cheap recycled paper pads.  

You may want to just buy a pad, to have a three or four sheets for each class.  Stonehenge, Canson, Arches and Strathmore are generally good bets- I usually go for whatever is a slightly heavier weight and acid-free and on sale.  I notice that Canson has a very reasonably priced “Student” watercolour paper and it is often psychologically easier to work freely on less expensive paper- you are less precious in approach then. Please buy a large sheet of your choice of paper to begin.  Also if economic concerns are not a factor, consider trying lots of different paper or paper-like surfaces- vellum, glassine, various Japanese papers, Mylar, Terra

Mylar (please have 2 large sheets: 24x36"),

A variety of inks, brushes and nibs

Conte, charcoal, graphite sticks (larger size preferred) and likely a choice of pastels