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Drawing Course List

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Course # Course Title Credits
DR 220 Introduction to Drawing 3 credits
This sophomore core course is designed to help students explore their artistic vision and begin to plan the way they would like to construct their own version of the drawing major. New drawing majors are assisted in forging a personal approach to visual exploration and expression. This course is strong on personal attention via frequent one-on-one discussions.

Prerequisite: Earned Credit or Concurrent Enrollment in DR 252 or DR 298

DR 252 Life Drawing 3 credits
An intensive study of the nude. Issues of form, structure, volume, movement, composition, and expressive possibilities are explored and practiced. Recommended sophomore course.

Prerequisite: FF 198 and FF 199

DR 298A Studio Drwg: Portrait 3 credits
A general introduction to portrait drawing, this course covers skulls, planes and masses of the head, muscles of expression, age differentiation, characterization, adornment, lighting, and the double portrait, among other subjects. There are models of all ages and some clay modeling. Fulfills studio drawing requirement. Recommended sophomore course.

Prerequisite: FF 198 & FF 199 or Post-Baccalaureate student standing

DR 298C Studio Drwg: Composition 3 credits
In this course, compositional elements are explored for their expressive and formal possibilities within the general framework of realistic space. Fulfills studio drawing requirement. Recommended sophomore course.

Prerequisite: FF 198 & FF 199 or Post-Baccalaureate student standing

DR 298G Studio Drwg: Illusionism 3 credits
The techniques necessary to create more effective visual illusion are explored in class problems and homework assignments. The perceptual process involved in the depiction of distance and volume is studied to assist the understanding of what is required in spatial illusion. Slides show various ways artists use illusion from realistic to paradoxical effects. Fulfills studio drawing requirement. Recommended sophomore course.

Prerequisite: FF 198 & FF 199 or Post-Baccalaureate student standing

DR 298H Studio Drwg: Light & Shadow 3 credits
The emphasis of he class will be to explore effects of light to form and space. We will draw and explore with different materials from dry mediums, to wet mediums, to collage, and mixed media using natural light, man-made light and conceptual light. The exploration will go anywhere from nocturnal to white bright hot light. We will discuss mood and energy that comes from the selection of light place in the drawings. The imagery will vary looking at landscape, still life, the figure, theatrical setups, and imaginary light, photography, film, slides, books, etc. Classroom demonstrations, slide lectures, articles, books, films, and guest lectures.

Prerequisite: FF 198 & FF 199 or Post-Baccalaureate student standing

DR 298I Studio Drawing: Color 3 credits
This course explores formal optics of color perception/interaction along with the psychological implications in drawing. The first half of the semester will deal with review of color theory and introduction to various tools and techniques (dry, wet mixed media). The second half of the semester each student will develop a body of work that deals with a subject of their own choosing.

Prerequisite: FF 198 & FF 199 or Post-Baccalaureate student standing

DR 298O Studio Drawing:Nature 3 credits
This course explores natural subject matter through observation and aesthetically selective description. Emphasis is on light, composition, form, surface, space, and environment. Students use skulls, shells, birds, animals, live crabs, landscape, and flora, and take field trips to zoos, conservatories, and gardens. Slides of contemporary naturalists and old masters (i.e., Redoute, Ehret, Audubon, and Fuertes), and videos of Banks Florilegium, Robert Bateman, and Beatrix Potter are shown. Homework consists of individually developed projects that are broader than class study. All black and white materials and the Nature Library are used. Watercolor is optional but encouraged. Fulfills studio drawing requirement. Recommended sophomore course.

Prerequisite: FF 198 & FF 199 or Post-Baccalaureate student standing

DR 298P Studio Drawing: Inside/Outside 3 credits
An exploration of situations which place the artist/viewer in between the conditions of Inside versus Outside. Through the practice of sketching on site, students strengthen their abilities in depicting complex compositions and lighting conditions through a variety of traditional and not-so-traditional subject matter at locations usually outside of MICA around the city of Baltimore. What are the compositional devices that put the viewer inside looking out or vice versa? Start from inside the still life, then walk through corridors and passages of erratically lit interiors, before throwing open a window to gape upon the chaotic surround of the cityscape. Based on your perceptual explorations in class, the homework will emphasize how to metaphorically, conceptually or symbolically construct a drawing (or drawings) of the subject matter emphasizing formal, psychological and conceptual contrasts along the continuum of exploring Inside/Outside.

Prerequisite: FF 198 & FF 199 or Post-Baccalaureate student standing

DR 298Q Studio Drawing: Sumi Ink 3 credits
This course teaches the ancient Asian art of sumi-ink. Students learn the traditional vocabulary of sumi ink while gaining an understanding of history and philosophy of ancient Eastern culture. Material and techniques include working with rice paper, sumi-ink, rabbit skin glue, and backing. Students address the different genres of line drawing, plant painting (the Four Gentlemen), calligraphy, still life, figures, and landscape. There are weekly assignments, a midterm, and a final. Fulfills studio drawing requirement. Recommended sophomore course.

Prerequisite: FF 198 & FF 199 or Post-Baccalaureate student standing

DR 298T Studio Drwg: Wash & Gouache 3 credits
This course explores uses of a variety of wet drawing mediums including ink, watercolor, designer and acrylic gouache, tempura and casein. The focus will be on the techniques of line, area and mark-making from both observation and invention, as well as applying the appropriate techniques to concepts, with the opportunity for students to apply them to personal imagery. In addition, students will be encouraged to explore substrates, transparency & opacity, historical, traditional, and non-traditional and mixed media uses of these less toxic mediums and encouraged to connect them to other disciplines.

Prerequisite: FF 198 & FF 199 or Post-Baccalaureate student standing

DR 298X Studio Drwg: Painterly 3 credits
This course emphasizes issues of representational drawing and draftsmanship that reach beyond their most familiar and traditional linear expression to incorporate greater range of mark-making and media as in works of such artists as Rembrandt, Boya, Tiepolo, and Diebenkorn. Students explore relationships between line and mass, observation, and experimentation. Fulfills studio drawing requirement. Recommended sophomore course.

Prerequisite: FF 198 & FF 199 or Post-Baccalaureate student standing

DR 298Y Studio Drwg:Structural 3 credits
To be convincing, expressive marks need to understand the structures they attempt to describe. Employing conventional and unconventional free-hand drawing tools, this course explores the structures of forms. Prerequisite: FF 198 (Drawing I) and FF199 (Drawing II). Fulfills studio drawing requirement. Recommended sophomore course.

Prerequisite: FF 198 & FF 199 or Post-Baccalaureate student standing

DR 320 Junior Independent Drawing 3-6 credits
Students who are involved in a personal direction or who are in a search of one receive individual critiques and participate in small group discussions of their work. Requirements: attendance at three individual critiques, three small group discussions, two full class show and tell reviews.

Junior level Drawing Majors only.

DR 344 Advanced Illusionism 3 credits
Students continue to develop illusionistic skills through more advanced in-class assignments that push technical and conceptual power using space and volume. More advanced perceptual science is presented with each topic. Out-of-class work includes developing a series of related works that apply illusionism in an individual way, exploring possibilities that challenge past limits and developing a personal way of using illusion for one's own goals.

Prerequisite: FF 198 & FF 199 or Post-Baccalaureate student standing

DR 345 Mind-Body-Draw 3 credits
Mindfulness and the process of drawing go hand in hand. Whether working predominately from visual, felt, or thought perception, the relationship to one’s mind and body is crucial. This course will incorporate a variety of contemplative and artistic experiences to enrich and deepen one’s ability to create from a more holistic place, developing relevant skills and personal interests along the way. Traditional and non-traditional approaches to drawing will be addressed; various tools and techniques will be touched upon, including simple graphite, mixed media, and the use of digital technology. Fluctuating between structured and open problems, we will also explore physical movement including aspects of dance and yoga, mindfulness practices including breath awareness, stillness and walking. Working from visually observed reality, and felt sensations, students will work both in and out of class, and will develop a written journal as part of their daily practice.
DR 352 Interpretative Figure Drawing 3 credits
This Drawing Studio will utilize working from the model to explore ways of extending drawing possibilities through a wide range of historical approaches. Distortion, foreshortening, manipulation of viewpoint, compression of picture plane, environment, mark, and abstraction will be explored. The sketchbook will be of pivotal importance in this class.

Prerequisite: FF 198 & FF 199 or Post-Baccalaureate student standing

DR 388 Abstractions 3 credits
This course is a search for abstract imagery, meaning, and understanding with an individual approach to abstraction. Slides, discussions, and one-on-one critiques will be used to help students clarify their own issues and to develop their own language of abstraction. Students are required to work in the classroom.

Prerequisite: FF 198 & FF 199 or Post-Baccalaureate student standing