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519 Drawing as a Contemporary Practice (F'16) - Amanda McCavour
Thu, 20 Oct 2016, 2:00 PM
Thursdays, 2 - 5 pm, Oct. 20 - Dec. 8 (8-WEEKS)
519 Drawing as a Contemporary Practice
This course is designed to give students a better idea of the scope of possibilities of various drawing media. Assignments will be geared toward expanding the student’s notions of drawing, both technically and conceptually. Drawing from the figure will be de-emphasized in order to find other sources for making work. There will be assignments using Mylar sheets to create layered images and large-scale drawing as well as simple altered book formats. Slide and video presentations will show students how other artists have used drawing in many challenging formats.
Note: Students should have some experience in drawing or have taken coursework in Beginning and/or Intermediate Drawing, Mixed Media.
Instructor: Amanda McCavour
Time & Dates: Thursdays, 2 - 5 pm, Oct. 20 - Dec. 8
Tuition: $310 + admin fee
Image courtesy of Drawing as a Contemporary Practice student Karen Powers ©
Drawing as a Contemporary Practice is an intermediate to advanced course so I tend to allow students to work with the drawing media that appeals to them the most. That said, I also want this course to encourage the students to expand their experience in drawing in relation to materials, form, and content.
These are the things you should have for sure:
Sketchbook. I think a bigger one, at least 11 x 14 inches but if transport convenience is a factor you could go with the 9 x 12 in.
Mylar: Any type of mylar should work- approx. 9" x 11", see: Borden & Riley Denril Vellum Pad 9x12.
Paper: Stack of paper for both wet treatment and dry treatments. If cost is a factor, consider buying in pads. Should be at least 15 x 20. For the wet, Canson has a 15 sheet watercolour pad in this dimension and Arches has a 20 sheet watercolour blocks in 14” x 20 and 18 x 24 in both cold and hot press (cold press is textured, hot press is smooth). For dry media I noticed that Canson now puts out very cheap recycled paper pads. You may want to just buy a three or four sheets for each class. Stonehenge, Canson, Arches and Strathmore are generally good bets- I usually go for whatever is a slightly heavier weight and acid-free and on sale. I notice that Canson has a very reasonably priced “Student” watercolour paper and it is often psychologically easier to work freely on less expensive paper- you are less precious in approach then. Also if economic concerns are not a factor, consider trying lots of different paper or paper-like surfaces- vellum, glassine, various Japanese papers, mylar, Terra
A variety of inks, brushes and nibs
Conte, graphite sticks (larger size preferred) and choices of pastels
x-acto knife or utility knife and scissors