Drawing and Creative Expression
This course is designed to give students a basic foundation in the theory, practice and techniques of drawing. They will learn the skills to express themselves visually through mark-making and will experiment with various materials and techniques. A series of hands-on projects will include drawing still life from observation, the basics of linear perspective, drawing the human figure and working from visual memory. The lecture component of the class will focus on the role of drawing in art history - from study for underpainting to contemporary artworks; notions of drawing elements such as line, space, form and composition; an introduction to colour theory and the basics of perspective drawing.
Duration: 30 hours
Week 1: Course overview and getting to know the materials through mark-making. Discussion of various artists using the line in drawing. Exercises to familiarize the students with contour and gesture drawing.
Week 2: Tonal shading – form and space revealed through use of light and shadow in still life drawing. Discuss transformation of 3D object onto 2D surface.
Week 3: Negative/positive space and composition, memory drawing. Discuss concept of negative space in defining form.
Week 4: Drawing and collage, use of pen and ink. Discuss historical examples of collage.
Week 5: Perspective demystified. Discuss with examples the basics of one-point, two-point and more complex perspective. Drawing architectural setting on campus.
Week 6: Skeleton and bones. As a lead-in to figurative drawing, discuss proportions of human figure and classic methods of measurement.
Week 7: Figurative drawing and self portraits. Discuss figurative art and self-portrait in history.
Week 8: The model.
Week 9: Texture, mixed media and abstraction. Discuss art historical references.
Week 10: Interpretive conceptual work (image and text) and group drawing including gridding technique.
Materials: Approximately $35.00
Materials Supply List:
For the first class you will need:
- Graphite drawing pencils – 2B or softer 4B, 6B (Derwent, Cretacolor).
- Kneaded eraser.
- Big pad of white Bond paper 18" x 24".
- Roll of masking tape or bulldog clips.
You will also need for the other classes:
- Chinese ink 100 ml and bamboo brush.
- Willow charcoal – box of six (6) sticks (Coates).
- An assortment of drawing tools – compressed charcoal sticks, graphite sticks, etc. (Derwent, Cretacolor, etc.).
- Conté crayons or pastels – white and grey or sanguine (for three tone work) – (set of four (4) earth tones available and two white sticks).
Also suggested (but not necessary):
Several sheets tinted paper (Ingres, Canson sheets or other less expensive kind, check paper pads at $store.)
- Coloured pencil crayons.
- Any oil pastels or soft, chalk pastels.
Students are encouraged to bring any other drawing materials or supports which interest them. Supplies can be bought at Omer DeSerres or other art supply stores and co-ops around town, including Ave. des Arts, etc.
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