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Drawing

Drawing

Art and Art History Program

The Drawing program provides students with a solid foundation in observational skills through an investigation of the descriptive and expressive potential of a variety of drawing media. Early courses develop the technical and intellectual understanding necessary to succeed in all of the media of visual expression. Drawing is understood to be the most basic tool in visual thinking as well as a form of art in its own right. Students are initially expected to develop and strengthen their skills in proportion, value, shape, line, the illusion of depth and volume, and overall composition while working from still life and portraits, interior and landscape. The human figure is explored through both careful anatomical study and more expressive personal interpretations of the human form. Upper level classes allow students to extend their drawing abilities through explorations of scale, combined media, concept, as well as cross-disciplinary and non-traditional approaches.

 

Drawing RoomStudents working in the drawing classroom

Opportunities

Within the Art and Art History Program, students have the opportunity to be apart of art organizations. 

Senior Studios can be acquired by application and are for advanced students enrolled in at least one credit hour of upper level courses in the Art and Art History Program to work on their creative research safely and independently.

One of the most successful programs we have is the Post Undergraduate Assistantship. Senior graduating students can apply for a Post Undergraduate Assistantship for the year following graduation.

Program Information

For the B.A. in Studio Art & B.F.A. in Studio Art major requirements, visit the Undergraduate Major. For Minor requirements, visit Minors in Art

 

Faculty

Photograph of Doug Russell



Doug Russell

Professor, Drawing

Photograph of Shelby Shadwell



Shelby Shadwell

Associate Professor, Drawing

 


 

Courses Offered

1005. Drawing I. 3. [CA<>{none}] A foundation level drawing course introducing fundamentals of observation, artistic invention, and basic principles of perspective and composition through problems in still life, landscape, and live model. Lectures, drawing sessions, and critiques develop formal, conceptual, and technical understanding of the drawing process.

2005. Drawing II. 3. An intermediate level drawing course building upon fundamentals of observation, artistic invention, perspective and composition through problems in still life, landscape, explorations in wet and dry media, and color with pastels. Lectures, drawing sessions, and critiques develop formal, conceptual, expressive and technical understanding. Prerequisite: ART 1005.

3005. Drawing III. 3. An advanced drawing course applying the fundamentals of drawing to creative individual problems in figure, still life, and/or landscape composition. Structured yet open assignments, lectures and critiques develop formal, conceptual, expressive, and technical understanding. Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. Prerequisites: ART 2000 and 2005. (Offered spring semester).

3052. Life Drawing I. 3. An advanced drawing course working from a life model with an emphasis on composition, monocromatic media, drawing techniques and the skeletal and muscular construction as related to action and proportion in the human figure. Lectures, drawing sessions, and critiques develop formal, conceptual, and technical understanding. Prerequisites: ART 2000 and 2005. (Normally offered fall semester)

 

4005. Drawing IV. 3. An advanced drawing course exploring conceptual, expressive, personal and technical limits of process and media. Individually proposed projects lead to a coherent body of work. Open discussion and structured critiques develop personal and technical understanding. Repeatable for a maximum of 9 credit hours. Prerequisites: ART 2000 and 3005.

4052. Life Drawing II. 3. An advanced drawing course building upon figure construction fundamentals with heavy emphasis on composition, personal expression, wet and dry media, and color with pastels. Lectures, drawing sessions and critiques develop formal, conceptual, expressive and technical understanding. May be repeated for a maximum 9 credit hours. Prerequisites: ART 2000 and 3052 (Normally offered spring semester)

4975. Independent Study and Research. 1-3 (Max. 6). Research options in all creative areas. Students work independently and provide demonstrated ability and background knowledge to carry out self-directed research or creative activity in the research area. Arrangements regarding curricular obligations and meeting times are made with the instructor in advance. Prerequisites: ART 2000 and 12 hours of art in research area and prior consent of instructor.

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