Drawing I (11 sessions)
Continuing Education Course
Children have an innate ability to draw; as we grow up this talent can become suppressed and forgotten. This course will reintroduce you to drawing and sharpen your observational skills. We will start by drawing the still life with simple geometric shapes such as cones, cylinders, cubes and spheres, and then work from the live model, noting how these primitive forms recur throughout the human body. We will explore the principles of form with line, volume, proportion, foreshortening, light/shadow, composition, positive/negative space and scale, as well as the principles of spatial depth with linear perspective and atmospheric perspective. The basics of color theory and its relationship to form and space will also be covered. Starting out with charcoal and graphite, we will branch out using a variety of mediums, such as soft pastels, oil pastels, pen and ink, brush and ink, scratchboard and silverpoint. We will do all of this in a supportive atmosphere with an emphasis on each individual’s goals and level of experience. This course is open to all levels, and beginners are especially welcome. Discussion of student work will be an ongoing group effort.
NOTE: Please bring an (18×24″) white paper drawing pad and compressed (not vine) charcoal to the first session. This course may be taken for undergraduate credit. Please refer to FID-1130-CE in the credit courses section of this bulletin for details.