Drawing as an Expressive Tool
The primary goal of this class is to develop perceptual skills, a visual vocabulary and technical expertise in order to use drawing as an expressive tool. Students will use linear and tonal systems of drawing as a means of exploring surface effects and the illusion of three-dimensional form. The major focus will be on the elements of art – line, shape, form, value, texture, and space – and how these elements are put together in a composition to create representational work. Students will consider the dynamics of both conception and perception, through directed in-class studio work and homework assignments that promote visual acuity and hand control. In addition, ideas, style, and periods – the historical and cultural context of art, essential to learning about the impact that the visual arts have had throughout the ages – will be addressed.