Spring 2010
Fully Enrolled

ARTS 611
Basic Drawing: The Still Life


02/20/2010 - 03/27/2010
Saturday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Art Workshop 105

This basic foundation drawing course will focus on the still life as subject matter. All are welcome, from the most experienced; those who love to draw; to the beginners who think they never could, never will draw. The course will cover such considerations as line (gesture, directional, contour), perspective and sighting, ellipses, value, composition, and proportion.

Starting with very simple objects (single fruits and vegetables) the drawings will eventually lead to pairings, groupings, and then more complex arrangements of diverse objects. "The politics of the still life" (content) will also be discussed: deliberately selected objects that when put together in a setting open up possibilities of telling a kind of story or visual dialogue.

Students will gain a familiarity with basic drawing materials (mostly charcoal, pencils, conte crayons) but will also hopefully gain some inkling into what it takes to come to some kind of "manual override"; when the hand takes over from the eye, and conversely, when the mind and eye can work the hand with assurance.

Course tuition: $2022. Course fee: $45.

This course is not open to auditors.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus

Immersion courses are worth three units of credit and are academically as rigorous as a regular term course, only the class meetings are compressed into a very short time. Students interested in immersion courses should be aware that the syllabus usually requires that students prepare for up to a month prior to the first class meeting and complete assignments in the weeks following the course. Please click here for more information about immersion courses.

Peter Waite (B.F.A. Hartford Art School; M.F.A. School of the Art Institute of Chicago) is visiting assistant professor of art. He has been a Guggenheim fellow and has taught at Wesleyan University and at the University of Connecticut, Fairfield University, and Bennington College. His work is represented by the Edward Thorp Gallery in New York City. He has had 15 solo exhibitions, including the Edward Thorp Gallery (2005, 2002, 2001, 1996, 1994), the Winston/Wachter Gallery (Seattle, 2006), and the Olin Gallery of Roanoke College (Salem, VA, 2005). View his paintings on his Web site at www.peterwaite.com.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Studio

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

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