Shiva as Lord of Dance (Nataraja), Indian (Tamil Nadu)

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ART 458 A: Alternative Approaches to Drawing

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 5:20pm
ART 207
Whitney Lynn
Whitney Lynn

Syllabus Description:

This course takes an expanded approach to drawing, bending the boundaries between genres of drawing, performance, photography, sculpture, and more. Focusing on the use of drawing as a vehicle to transmit ideas, we will examine drawing as residue of a performance/action, its relationship to architectural space, and its potential to imagine the impossible. A combination of quick exercises and independent projects are designed to introduce, contextualize, and explore experimental ways of thinking and making.


Throughout the quarter, students will investigate their personal relationship to materials, subject matter, process and interpretation. Through studio work, field trips, guest visits, lectures, and readings, students will gain a greater understanding of what a drawing can be, how it comes into being, where it exists, and for what purposes.


This course should be treated as a laboratory for experimentation and discovery. Assignments are structured to allow students the ability to develop work that reflects individual voices and concerns. Exercises will introduce various methods for producing drawings; students are expected to continue research outside of class.


Active participation is mandatory.

Catalog Description: 
Advanced works-on-paper class. Focuses on drawing issues such as formal process, working methods, conceptual development, and practical working applications.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:20pm