This course will explore the rich middle ground that exists between drawing and painting. There are numerous important artists in history whose work is characterized by a strong sense of drawing, alive in their paintings, such as Edgar Degas, Berthe Morrisot, Chaim Soutine, Willem de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, etc. By examining the relationship of drawing to painting we will consider ideas such as line becoming form, impact of calligraphy on painting (such as Mark Tobey's seminal series of paintings from the 1950's), and mediums that enhance the transition from painting into drawing (such as tempera and oil pastel).
In keeping with these ideas, this class will explore materials appropriate to the stated outcomes, emphasize historical references through slide talks and museum visits, and be based both on direct observation and abstract invention.
There will be weekly in-class assignments, outside assignments and critiques.
Major elective, Open to Non-Majors
FOR ALL SEMESTERS OTHER THAN SPRING 2014
The Russian painter, Kandinsky, defined line as a point moving in space; the American abstract expressionist, Mark Tobey, looked to Oriental calligraphy as a way to consider the point at which line becomes form. When we look at contemporary paintings by Grace Hartigan and Julie Methieu, we might ask ourselves if these are more like drawings in oil paint and color.
In this class we will explore the rich middle ground that exists between painting and drawing. We will examine historical and contemporary models, work with a variety of methods and materials, both traditional and non-traditional, as we create new images born of a fusion of these distinct yet interconnected disciplines.
Major elective, Illustration majors only