Beginning Drawing

Instructor: Jill Phillips
Instructor: Jill Phillips

An essential course for beginning students emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: sensitive line quality, shape, value, gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative space, the figure/ground relationship, and development of a personal handwriting. Students work from still life, interior space, the model and occasionally landscape. Each of the three academic terms has a slightly different focus (line, shape/value, and space/composition) making it possible to study the foundations slowly and in depth over the course of the year.

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Instructor: Martin Wall
Instructor: Martin Wall

An essential course for beginning students emphasizing seeing and the principles of drawing from life: sensitive line quality, shape, value, gesture, mass, volume, visual measurement, negative space, the figure/ground relationship, and development of a personal handwriting. Students work from still life, interior space, the model and occasionally landscape. Each of the three academic terms has a slightly different focus (line, shape/value, and space/composition) making it possible to study the foundations slowly and in depth over the course of the year.

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Instructor: Mary Freedman
Instructor: Mary Freedman

This foundation class for beginning and intermediate students introduces and furthers the study of the visual language through observation. Working from still life, interior space and the figure, students develop an understanding of the basic principles of drawing three-dimensional form. Studies in line, shape, value, proportion, and positive/negative space are deepened, as are perceptual issues regarding the mark, gesture, planes, and placement on the page. The foundation classes are run for the full academic year with a different focus each term.

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Instructor: Joren Lindholm
Instructor: Joren Lindholm

This foundation class for beginning and intermediate students introduces and furthers the study of the visual language through observation. Working from still life, interior space and the figure, students develop an understanding of the basic principles of drawing three-dimensional form. Studies in line, shape, value, proportion, and positive/negative space are deepened, as are perceptual issues regarding the mark, gesture, planes, and placement on the page. The foundation classes are run for the full academic year with a different focus each term.

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Instructor: Katie Pumphrey
Instructor: Katie Pumphrey

This class will explore drawing as a means to communicate and start a dialogue with the viewer. Over the course of 10 weeks, students will develop and expand their own vocabulary that comes out of seeing, intuition and the materials themselves. Students will explore intentionality, including early decisions like size, scale, and format- and even further to titling your work and how to talk about the work. Taking advantage of prompts, in class conversation and critique, this class will push students to bridge the gap between classwork, working on their own, and building a body of work. Students will practice writing statements, descriptions, as well as giving artist talks. The instructor will be present in class the first two weeks, and every other week thereafter. Students will still meet every week for studio work days. This way, students will experience independence in their studio practice, while still taking advantage of fellow studio/classmates. Students will be encouraged to reach out to fellow artists/students for problem solving and advice. At the end of the independent classes, students will be asked to send a review of their workday, in-progress photos, and complete a writing prompt (given by the instructor), which will be emailed to Katie. Email dialogue between students and the instructor will help expand students’ language and ability to write about themselves and their work— an important tool, especially when applying to exhibitions. One on one, in-progress critiques with the instructor, as well as group in progress and final critiques will be planned and given as deadlines on day one. Practicing managing time with several deadlines, will also be explored. This class will be a lot of fun, with a lot of freedom to explore, encourage one another, and push your own work to new and exciting places.

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Instructor: Diane Wilson
Instructor: Diane Wilson

This class is for students with some prior drawing experience. Emphasizing the continued refinement of perceptual drawing skills, the course concentrates on the structure, movement and expressive qualities of the figure. Students work towards a personal sensibility through a variety of drawing materials.

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Instructor: Jo Weiss
Instructor: Jo Weiss

6-WEEK SHORT COURSE / April 16 – May 21 Stressing the skills learned through the myriad classes taken as a developing artist, this class looks to further develop a good studio practice. Asking questions such as where to take the lessons and how to develop the visual language along a course that is personally driven. Multiple media may be used, depending on the concerns of the student. Expect some reading and additional studio work.

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