Summer 2008

ARTS 621
Drawing from Middletown: The Moral Landscape


06/23/2008 - 08/01/2008
Monday & Wednesday 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Art Workshop 105

Middletown—with its riverfront setting, bridges, rail tracks, churches, cemeteries, industrial and historic buildings, campus architecture, classic main street, mini-malls, and gas stations—serves as a rich source of inspiration. Students will create a series of at least six drawings based on this unique small city. This body of work will address not only aesthetic concerns, but also ideas of public sentiment and ideology, e.g., university vs. town, Greek Revival vs. Super Stop 'n' Shop architecture. Students can expect to venture out with sketchbook and camera, their eyes peeled to purposefully seek architectural examples that embody poetic and ironic metaphor, history, and humor, as well as compositional perception of the aesthetic.

Students should expect to work on location, from drawings and from photo documentation (snap shots or digital camera); to use a variety of media (dry—charcoal, pencil, conte, pastels; and wet—ink washes, watercolor/acrylic washes); and to spend approximately $100 for materials.

Students will be required to participate in class, do field work, give presentations, participate in group critiques, and submit a portfolio for review.

Some previous drawing experience is preferred but not required.

Additional course fee: $15

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


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Studio

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

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