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Instructor Info:Andrea Dezso
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Wednesday
01:00 PM - 03:50 PM Arts Barn STUDIO 1

Sketchbooks are places of safety and freedom, where artists can do whatever they please: explore unproven paths, go against the grain, experiment with unfamiliar techniques, document the world in deeply personal ways or just doodle without any pressure that out of this engagement a masterpiece will be born... and yet from working in sketchbooks regularly artists develop a discipline of engaging with the world and from the lack of pressure often new directions, new bodies of work are born. Using a range of materials and approaches students will explore the creative possibilities of sketchbooks. Regular hands-on work will include sketchbook entries responding to prompts and self-assignments designed by students. We'll also examine artists' sketchbooks and notebooks including those of artists from non-Western traditions. Prerequisite 100 Level class in painting, drawing or sculpture.

Course Objectives:

The goal of thisstudio seminar is to expose students in a mix of hands-on and presentation-and-discussion-based sessions to a variety of ways in which sketchbooks and sketching may be used from observational sketching and visual note taking and journaling to research, idea generating, experimenting with materials and techniques, working out and storing ideas, doodling, playing, trying out new directions and exploring different traditions.

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluations will be contingent upon attendance, timely completion of all in-class and homework assignments, sketchbook and classroom participation. More than two absences might result in a “No-Eval”.

Additional Info:

Students are expected to be set up and be ready to work when class starts. You might have to arrive a few minutes early to set up. Students are expected to clean up after themselves before the end of class. Students are expected to bring their sketchbooks and completed homework to each class.

Students who miss a class are expected to find out what they missed from a classmate and make up the work in a timely manner. I do not provide critique and/or make-up sessions for missed classes via email or during office hours.

Office Hours 

Students can sign up for my office hours on Hampedia:

Wednesdays between 4:10 am - 5:40 

Thursdays between 10:30 am - noon at Andrea Dezsö's office in the Art Barn (2nd floor).

Materials List

Some materials including papers, sumi ink, brushes, crayons, etc will be provided by the studio. There will be a $30 lab fee to help offset these expenses. 

You will need to provide the following additional materials:
1-2 sketchbooks (at least 8 x 10 size) blank, un-lined 
Graphite pencils (at least two of each): 8B, 6B, 4B, 2B, B, HB 
(at least one of each): H, 2H, 4H, 6H, 9H, eraser, pencil sharpener, X-Acto knife, scissors, glue stick, rubber cement, adhesive tape, 1 water container, ball point pens in at least 3 colors, water-based or alcohol-based brush-tip markers (different brands will be shown during the first class) at least 5 colors including the primaries: red, yellow, blue, Prismacolor colored pencils (at least 10 colors including the primaries: red, yellow, blue). Start to collect collage materials, colored papers, cutouts from magazines, newspapers, a pair of hard book covers obtained from an old book (examples will be shown)

Related books, available through the Five College Library system

Acme Novelty Datebook Volume Two: 1995 - 2002 by Chris Ware

Graphic: Inside the Sketchbooks of the World's Great Graphic Designers by Steven Heller

Typography Sketchbooks by Steven Heller

The Ledgerbook of Thomas Blue Eagle by Jewel H. Grutman

The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait by Frida Kahlo

Picture This: The Near-sighted Monkey Book by Lynda Barry 

Mattias Unfiltered: The Sketchbook Art of Mattias Adolfsson by Mattias Adolfsson

Comics Sketchbooks: The Private Worlds of Today's Most Creative Talents by Steven Heller 

An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration from the Private Sketchbooks of Artists, Illustrators and Designers by Danny Gregory

Sketchbooks: The Hidden Art of Designers, Illustrators, and Creatives by R. G. Brereton

True Nature by Barbara Bash

Other books, reading materials and electronic resources will be shared on the class site on Moodle as the semester progresses.

A minimum of 10 pages (5 spreads) of sketches should be completed between classes and  brought to class each week. More is better and will be noted on your evaluation.