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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 FF199

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 298B Studio Drwg: Narrative 3 credits
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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 298E Studio Drwg: Conceptual Comp. 3 credits
Perceptual drawing may be thought of as the simulation of objects, people, or events in the everyday world on a piece of paper-accurate and faithful rendering being its goal. By contrast, in conceptual art, the idea, used as an expressive device, is the most important part of the work. By placing an emphasis on the planning and decisions made before the drawing is executed, conceptual drawing attempts to extend the parameters of drawing by pushing past work that is made primarily for the sensation of the eye to something that engages the spectator cerebrally as well. Fulfills studio drawing requirement.

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

DR 298F Studio Drawing: 2-D for 3-D 3 credits
This course in structural linear drawing is designed for students who are interested in using drawing as part of the process of developing 3D works. Drawings and small 3D models will feed off of each other in the development of 3D pieces, giving students the tools to develop their ideas three dimensionally without having to construct them in full scale. The course includes examination of site-specific ideas for indoor or outdoor public sculpture. Students examine the work of sculptors such as Eva Hesse, Maya Lin, Christo, Claes Oldenburg, Vito Acconci, Alice Aycock, and Andy Goldsworthy. Open to all, but of special interest to students involved with 3D projects. Fulfills studio drawing requirement. Recommended sophomore course.

Prerequisite: FF 198 and FF199

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 298J Studio Drwg:Still Lfe/Interior 3 credits
Still life and interiors are studied separately and in combination with one another. Emphasis is placed on careful observation and articulation of volumes, space and place, tonal values, rhythms, effects of light on subject matter, and compositional clarity. Students are encouraged to develop personal resources, images, and forms. Investigations take place in the classroom as well as at sites around the city. Fulfills studio drawing requirement. Recommended sophomore course.

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

DR 298L Studio Drwg:From Masters 3 credits
This is a course in creative drawing as informed by the art of the past. The class meets and works at the Walters Art Museum. Attendance is mandatory. Homework is based in varying degrees on master drawings, attitudes, and techniques. Fulfills studio drawing requirement. Recommended sophomore course.

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

DR 298M Studio Drwg:Realistic Comp. 3 credits
This drawing class is a exploration of observational composition using different formats and picture planes. Students strengthen their abilities to depict complex compositions using the elements and principles of drawing and push the placements of the figure/ground-interactions. Students define space using a variety of media. Fulfills studio drawing requirement. Recommended sophomore course.

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 298R Studio Drwg:Landscape 3 credits
This course is a naturalistic approach to drawing from the landscape that includes traveling (using the MICA van) and working at a variety of sites in Baltimore and the surrounding area. Students explore various materials and their possibilities as they relate to the landscape. In mid-November, class will come indoors and continue with landscapes and interiors looking on to landscapes. Various slide talks relating to the subject of landscape are presented. Fulfills studio drawing requirement. Recommended sophomore course.

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

DR 298S Studio Drwg: From Architecture 3 credits
This free-hand drawing course uses observation-drawing exercises to develop the spatial awareness critical to developing a convincing sense of depth and atmosphere in representing architectural space. Direct observation, abstraction of observation drawings, perspective studies, and plan and section drawing types are employed to understand and convey complex spatial relationships. Pen and ink, charcoal, and watercolor are used in the studio and on site. Architectural field trips are a significant component of this course. 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 298Z Studio Drawing: Trees 3 credits
An exploration of the structural, formal, and expressive qualities of trees. Their subjective quality will be considered through the specific characteristics of proportion, dimension, density, thrust, texture, and underlying structural design. Course includes: tree anatomy, design, and inherent natural and symmetrical form, and irregular haphazard tree forms resulting from ravages of the environment. Studio and field work supplemented by critiques and slide study of master drawings.

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

DR 317 Dim Draw: Process Time & Space 3 credits
Artists in the 21st century are products of a televisual and cinematic era. Questions arise as to how this both shapes the way in which we understand and make images and how we create and consider traditional modes of expression like drawing, while taking into account the power of the moving picture. This course undertakes a conceptual and process-based approach to drawing, rather than a media specific or form-based approach. This class challenges students to examine and investigate the multi-dimensional potentialities of drawing thoroughly and how it relates to their work.

Prerequisite: DR 252 and DR 298

DR 320 Junior Independent Drawing 3 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 323 Settings and Sources 3 credits
This class provides students a wide mix of methods, ideas, unique facilities, settings, and sources. Although students will be encouraged to develop a body of work that naturalistically represents or abstractly interprets a specific subject or activity such as rural landscape, horses, orchestra, theatre, and ballet dancers, any kind of independent work is acceptable. Slide presentations, as well as group and individual critiques, will augment the weekly studio and on-site experiences.
DR 324 Anatomy for Artists 3 credits
Drawing requires answers to a number of questions. How to suggest three dimensions in a two-dimensional format? How to imply movement in a product that is still? What to omit and what to include to achieve a given effect? The purpose of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the human musculoskeletal system through a combination of lectures, labs, and directed studio assignments. The hope is that by better understanding human structure and motion students find their own answers to these questions. This is not a course in medical illustration, nor is it intended to be an academic approach to figure drawing.

Prerequisite: FF 198 and FF199

DR 332 Drawing through Movies 3 credits
Outstanding movies are viewed weekly and discussed for their cinematic techniques and thematic content. At home, students do interpretative drawings that are inspired by the viewed movies. Mornings are for seeing and discussing the movies, afternoons for group critiques.

Prerequisite: FF 198 and FF199

DR 335 Erotic Drawing 3 credits
An exploration of sexuality and eroticism as a drawing topic. Students produce work that addresses pertinent aspects implicit in the subject, such as gender identities and roles, the spectrum of sexual orientation, concepts of beauty and aesthetics, paraphilias and taboos, and censorship and socio-cultural context. The work of both historically (Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Jean Cocteau, Hans Bellmer, Luis Caballero, David Hockney) and contemporary (Chris Cunningham, Jean Paul Goude, Dimitris Papaioanou) artists from different fields will be examined and analyzed. Students may be able to work in a variety of drawing materials.

Prerequisite: FF 198 and FF199

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 359 Drawing Through Process 3 credits
The idea that drawing may occur through the materialization and fabrication of line is a phenomenon which is inherent in work seen throughout the history of contemporary fiber, sculpture and of all material-based media. This highly experimental course will engage the student in making drawing on the wall or in space, utilizing every conceivable material, working through both known and invented processes. The course will include slide lectures showing work related to the problem along with regularly scheduled individual and group critiques.
DR 360 Contemporary Practices 3 credits
This course explores the activity of drawing at the intermediate to advanced level. The course will investigate how drawing relates to other media such as installation, performance, photography and new technologies. The course also explores contemporary drawing practices and theory. Through regular in-class drawing sessions that build upon the skill level of each participant, this course will consider drawing from various cultures and contemporary approaches.

Prerequisite: FF 198 and FF199

DR 365 From Perception To Metaphor 3 credits
Working from selected objects of their choice, students familiarize themselves thoroughly with their subject matter through a series of carefully observed perceptual drawings. They then explore associative, expressive, and metaphoric possibilities of the objects, devising long-term independent projects that develop the metaphoric expression as richly as possible in a series of drawings. Various techniques are used to help elicit associative responses to the objects, including sketches, automatic writing, and studies of texture, surface, form, shape, and color of the objects. Choice of medium and combination of mediums are up to each student. This highly experimental course will engage the student in making drawing on the wall or in space, utilizing every conceivable material, working through both known and invented processes.

Prerequisite: FF 198 and FF199

DR 374 Out of Your Mind: Human Body 3 credits
Many artists work with the human figure in a way that does not require live models or an observational approach. These artists create the figures out of their minds. This workshop provides a gathering place for many styles, media, methods, and techniques to co-exist. Both two- and three-dimensional approaches will be acceptable. Students are encouraged to develop a body of work unique to their own vision of how and what the human body means to them without the aid of live models. There are weekly one-on-one critiques and slide discussions that cover artists whose work illustrates course content. Students are required to work in the classroom.

Prerequisite: PT 200/FF 175 and DR 252

DR 386 Seeing Color 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to sensitize students to new levels of color understanding through the medium of drawing. In the first half of the semester emphasis is on color observation and the dramatic, unexpected color change that light causes. Special attention will be paid to the subtly and complex relationship between color and value. Through these first projects which are done in pastel, students expand their vocabulary and use of color beyond their familiar habitual palettes. These projects lay the groundwork for the second half of the semester in which students develop individual, independent projects of their own choice, exploring an idea or approach of their own choosing, working in any color drawing media.

Prerequisite: FF 198 and FF199

DR 386B Seeing More Color 3 credits
The goal of this drawing (and/or painting) class is to open the student's eyes to seeing more color in both the observation of the real world around us, and in the understanding of how color functions in painting and drawing. The plan for the course grows out of the observation that in much student work color is often the weakest, most challenging, and lest understood element, particularly the relationship between color (hue, temperature) and value (tone). The semester is divided into two sections. The first half consists of specified problems dealing with the careful observation of color in light, in which the goal is to understand the enormous wealth of color out there in the real, everyday world that we normally overlook and actually don't see. Emphasis is on both the observing of the color and the replication of it in paint or other media.

Prerequisite: FF 198 and FF199

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

DR 392 Watercolor Drawing 3 credits
Varied approaches to watercolor as drawing medium. Emphasis on handling of wash areas and brush strokes in traditional and experimental ways; on use of color, on representation of volumes and spaces, and on techniques unique to watercolor medium.

Prerequisite: DR 252 and DR 298

DR 394 Color Media Drawing 3 credits
This course explores the techniques used for color media: pencil, pastel, and wash. Through these media, the formal expressive and psychological uses of color are explored within the context of drawings. Emphasis is also on these media and techniques as a bridge between drawing and painting.

Prerequisite: FF 198 and FF199

DR 398 Drawing Independent Study 1.5-3 credits
For students wishing to work with a particular instructor on subject matter not covered by regularly scheduled classes, a special independent study class may be taken. A contract is required, including signatures of the instructor and the student's department chair. This class may not be used to substitute for a department's core requirement or senior thesis / senior independent. Learning contract required before registration. Minimum of junior class standing and 3.0 GPA required.

Prerequisite: students at the Junior/Senior level with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.000

DR 452 Advanced Figure Drawing 3 credits
The objective of this course is further mastery over representation of the nude through independent practice. Students are provided with two models, one for a five-hour pose, the other for action; studio; and an instructor for general oversight, occasional lecture, and individual discussion or critiques upon request. Attendance the full five hours is required. All drawing media are acceptable.

Prerequisite: Earned grade of B+ or higher in DR 252