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Fall 2017  Experimental Drawing
Asheville Art Museum

NOVEMBER 2, 9, 16, 30, DECEMBER 7 + 14 — Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $220 Museum Members, $240 non-members (includes some materials)

Course description and registration here:
http://www.pamelalanza.com/id10.html

 

Instructor: Pamela Lanza                                                       lalanza@earthlink.net

 

EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING: EXPLORATIONS IN MARK-MAKING

 Thursday evenings 6pm – 8pm   Nov. 2 – Dec. 14, 2017

 

KEEP YOUR SYLLABUS handy AND refer to IT EACH WEEK FOR specIAL Supplies to bring, TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED, AND HOMEWORK ASSigNmeNTS.

 

About the class: Each week, we will begin class with a short slide lecture from art history & student work which explains & amplifies the evening’s topics and assignments. The remainder of the class will be spent working on student projects & individual discussions with the instructor. Experimenting with drawing allows students to explore concepts that push the boundaries of what drawing is & can be. Explorations include transformation of representational objects & subjects, energizing shape & line, & use of space as organizer & subject.  We will finish the session with a special group project & final critique party. Any missed class or homework assignment can be made up any time – just bring your work in when it is complete.

 

MEDIA: Pencil, pen, brush, ink, charcoal, sticks, string, eraser, gesso, found substrates.  

 

TEXTS: Instructor will always have books available for students to peruse, including artists monographs, contemporary drawing books, instructional books such as Drawing: Space, Form and Expression (Enstice & Peters, Drawing: A Contemporary Approach (Sale & Betti), Contemporary Drawing: Key Concepts and Techniques by (Davidson), & others.

 

SYLLABUS

 

WEEK 1: Slides: What is a drawing?

(11/2)     In-Class Exercises: “Blind Contour”, non-dominate hand drawing, multiple line drawings

                Homework DUE NEXT WEEK (11/9) – Multiple Line Drawing

 

WEEK 2: Slides: Non-representational drawing v. Abstraction

(11/9)     In-Class Exercises:  String, ink & alcohol

                Homework DUE NEXT WEEK (11/16): non-representational drawing

 

WEEK 3:  Slides: Building a Drawing with Line

(11/16)    In-Class Exercises: Continuous & Built-up line on found papers

                 HOMEWORK DUE AFTER THANKSGIVING BREAK:
                (1) Multiple tile drawings 
                (2) Bring in a few sticks from your yard

 

11/23 THANKSGIVING BREAK

 

WEEK 4: Slides: Giving Energy to Line & Shape

(11/30)   In-Class Exercises: Stick and Ink Drawing

                Homework DUE NEXT WEEK (12/7): Set of 3 Stick drawings

 

WEEK 5: Slides: Space and Light as Major Drawing Elements

(12/7)    Reductive drawings (eraser, charcoal, pencil, gesso, torn drawings)

               Homework DUE NEXT WEEK (12/14): Worked-into erased drawing

 

WEEK 6: Slides: Contemporary Drawing

(12/14)  Special Exercise: Large Group Drawing: Syringes, string, droppers, sticks, straws, ink

           FINAL CRITIQUE PARTY                                                                                                     


 

MATERIALS LIST

(Cheap Joe’s will give discount to students) 

 

RESOURCE NOTEBOOK – can be a sketchbook or 3-ring binder for photos, magazine clips, postcards, drawings that you want to use as resources for your work, journals, sketchbooks

 

DRAWING MEDIA:

 

Pencils: Soft dark ones for easy blending & erasing (6B, 8B, 9B)

Erasers: Magic Rub, Pink Pencil Top, Blue Kneaded Eraser

Pens: Waterproof pens such as Micron or Pitt Artists Pens

 

PAPER:

 

11” X 14” pad watercolor paper (Strathmore 400 series is good)

 

TOOLS:

 

1” flat watercolor brush

Spray bottle

Small cups for ink/media

Jar or large cup for water

Waterproof Portfolio or large plastic bag for rainy weather

Toolbox

 

OPTIONAL: Tight-fitting surgeon's gloves, electric erasers

 

INSTRUCTOR WILL PROVIDE ALL OTHER SUPPLIES (including some surprises!)

                             

          

 

SAFETY NOTE: NO FIXATIVE SPRAYS OR POWDERED PIGMENTS ARE ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING.