Steven Johnson

Assistant Professor

Courses

Fall 2024 Courses

ILLUS 2012-02 - DRAWING I: VISUALIZING SPACE
Level Undergraduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

ILLUS 2012-02

DRAWING I: VISUALIZING SPACE

Level Undergraduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Fall 2024
Credits 3
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-09-04 to 2024-12-11
Times: M | 1:10 PM - 6:10 PM Instructor(s): Steven Johnson Location(s): Illustration Studies Building, Room 205 Enrolled / Capacity: 15 Status: Closed

SECTION DESCRIPTION

The convincing depiction of form in three-dimensional space is one of the great conceptual and philosophic breakthroughs of Western art. In this class, the first half of the sophomore drawing sequence, our main focus will be the study of form in a spatial context. We will use observational and projected systems of perspective in construction of our images. Emphasis will be placed on exploration of conceptual and physical viewpoint, effective composition and convincing light and shadow to shape expression, engage the viewer and create a unified pictorial image. The class will promote acute observation of existing spatial situations, the invention of convincing imagery from imagination, and the successful integration of the two. Exposure to traditional and contemporary drawing masters and practices will provide inspiration for experimentation, personal expression and artistic growth. A series of perspectival studies will build into longer projects integrating observation and invention and concerns for figure and ground. Students will come to grasp the elegance and power of perspective as an approach to drawing, tempered with an awareness of its limitation and alternatives. Several black and white media in addition to charcoal (mixed media, collage, monoprint, caran dache, pastel, etc) and various ways of working (line weight, cross-hatching, additive, subtractive) may be explored.

Majors are pre-registered for this course by the department.

Major Requirement | BFA Illustration

ILLUS 601G-01 - GRADUATE ILLUSTRATION STUDIO III: SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT AND AGENCY
Level Graduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Fall 2024
Credits 9
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start date
End date

ILLUS 601G-01

GRADUATE ILLUSTRATION STUDIO III: SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT AND AGENCY

Level Graduate
Unit Illustration
Subject Illustration
Period Fall 2024
Credits 9
Format Studio
Mode In-Person
Start and End 2024-09-04 to 2024-12-11
Times: T | 1:10 PM - 6:10 PM Instructor(s): Leela Corman, Steven Johnson Location(s): Weybosset St Studios, Room 305 Enrolled / Capacity: 12 Status: Closed

SECTION DESCRIPTION

This course is predicated on deep student focus on social engagement and the societal benefits attached to their studio work. Students will investigate and critique methodologies of contemporary, socially engaged artists to develop their own progressive work in order to question and shift traditionally narrow and restrictive paradigms in Illustration that preference and reward the hegemonic at the expense of the progressive, dissident, and critical work needed to advocate for the historically underrepresented. Collaborative projects with local artists, individuals and community organizations will be encouraged and supported to directly connect students with local communities. Students will be required to present self-driven work periodically in response to selected topics, readings, and community discussion.

Estimated Cost of Materials: $0.00 - $150.00

Major Requirement | MFA Illustration