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Instructor Info:Sara Rafferty
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TA Info:Saffronia Szanton Downing
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Wednesday
01:00 PM - 05:50 PM Arts Barn STUDIO 2

This course is a rigorous research project in the possibilities, meanings, histories, practices and contemporary meanings of drawing. It functions as an introduction to different ways drawing is used in contemporary art making. As such, we will be doing different types of investigations weekly. Through investigations into the history of drawing practices- with particular focus on its role in the liberal arts- students will develop a facility with materials, methods, concepts, and critique. Collaboration and shared findings are highly encouraged. In addition, students will be asked to do two essential drawing/artmaking activities alongside weekly projects: 1. maintain a strong sketchbook practice and 2. develop an individual and personal visual vocabulary of concepts, themes, topics, subjects to be used in the creation of (drawing) artwork. Reading, writing, field trips, and oral critique are essential parts of the course as are the foundational activities of drawing and looking. This class will be challenging and useful for students at all levels of drawing experience, but is designed as a drawing foundation.

Course Objectives:

•Learn the fundamentals of contemporary and historical drawing methods
•Beginning materials handling for works on paper
•Investigate expansive notions of drawing meanings and connotations, including conceptual and
research-based practices, and mediated drawing
•Develop a critical vocabulary for discussing contemporary and historical issues in art
•Understand artist's processes, methods, and histories

Evaluation Criteria:

•Presence (of mind and body) in class (including punctuality)
•Timely completion of homework assignments, sketchbook, and personal vocabulary
•Participation, which may include: listening to presentations and instruction, being prepared and
working in class, sharing ideas, concepts, and creative explorations, conceptual development with
other students and group projects, analyzing and offering opinions about work in progress and completed works, and being an active participant during critiques and discussions
•Each individual artist's personal, cumulative trajectory, process, and growth over the semester
•The equivalent of three week's worth of missed classes will result in NO EVALUATION

Additional Info:

•Schedule subject to change.
•Homework and readings will be conveyed electronically through email and moodle.
•Checking moodle and email ESSENTIAL/REQUIRED.