• Intermediate
  • Drawing


This course is designed to give students a better idea of a wide spectrum of the possibilities of contemporary drawing. What are artists doing with drawing today? Projects are geared towards expanding students’ notions of drawing, both technically and conceptually. Traditional and technique-driven approaches will be de-emphasized in order to find other sources for making work that are more self-directed. There will be assignments to create layered images using transparencies, and large-scale drawing. We will also engage in experiments with seriality and paper manipulation. Slide presentations and discussions will show students how other artists use drawing in challenging formats.


Notes: Students should have some experience in drawing or have taken coursework in Beginner 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 and 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 inch

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 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 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