Spring 2004

ARTS 622
Drawing, Dry and Wet


01/26/2004 - 05/08/2004
Wednesday 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Art Workshop 107

Drawing has always been considered the backbone of art. When done successfully, it is a direct line to creative expression, observation, and poetic visual communication. True drawing functions as a way to plot further endeavors (working sketches for more "finished" pieces), but it can also stand alone, distinctly separate from the other disciplines. For this, drawing is often lively, honest, raw, and sometimes a step ahead of its own creator.

We shall dive right in immediately, working on large scale (using the full swing of one's entire arm) and work from small natural forms, magnifying them into monumental, architectonic proportions. Consideration of line, value, scale, and composition will all be part of this attack. Perspective and sighting will be a consideration. In the end, interpretations of both the natural and the human-made will be brought together in the rendering of the expressive illusion of forms in space through dry (charcoal) and wet (ink, acrylic washes) media.

Students can expect to work with potentially messy materials (don't wear your good clothes), to spend about $60 in materials and supplies, and to contribute by participating in critiques and class discussions, having an open mind, and a willingness to clean up the studio at the end of class. Students will produce a portfolio of work for the course as well as a final project.

Students are expected to have some studio arts experience, but previous drawing experience is not required.

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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