Fall 2006
Fully Enrolled

ARTS 639
Monster Drawings: Large Scale Rendering


09/11/2006 - 12/16/2006
Wednesday 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Art Workshop 105

Special Schedule: Saturdays - October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20

We will make drawings on a large scale, typically in the four by six foot range, with these objectives: To consider one's field of vision when making large pictures; how it becomes almost cinematographic and in the picture plane. To become more intimately aware of subject matter when translating something small to big. To break down certain inhibitions perhaps encountered by past, smaller, more precious work. To become physically engaged, to experience the use of one's whole body in drawing, to engage in the creative struggle of swinging one's arms fully or using the feet as a fencer or boxer would. Examples of such drawings include a clothespin enlarged to six feet that becomes something else--a triumphant arch, or a menacing, predatory form. But in the process, the renderer has to experience the form from micro to macro, to understand a full use of materials and the power of simple charcoal when used on a large scale, to participate in class assignment but to also create a focused body of work (6 to 8 large finished drawings) whose subject matter is chosen with scale and conceit in mind by each student.

Participants will focus on a series of drawings that will be in the 4 to 6 foot range, working on rolls of paper or large sheets tiled together to form an even larger dimension. Charcoal, pastels, and washes will be used for subject matter ranging from simple small objects to figures, portraiture, architecture, nature, and monuments.

Enrollment is limted to 10 students. Additional fee: $75.

A syllabus for this course is available at:

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: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 11

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