This course helps the artist to develop techniques of visualization and utilizes the experimental drawing as a stimulus for creative development. The experimental drawing records a visual idea at its inception and becomes the foundation from which options are explored, ideas researched, and outcomes projected. Artistically, the act of drawing is the making of marks, designs and patterns on a surface. By definition, to draw actually means to act upon something and make it move. Movement–of both agent and object–is essential to the idea of drawing. In this course we explore how movement and gesture can enable creativity and enhance the flow experience.
The human figure remains the most powerful metaphor the visual artist has for expressing the pathos of what it means to be human. As inspiration for the sketch it initiates the image conjuring process, providing the artist a beginning point. The sketch becomes the visual concept still in a state of flux between inception and ultimate clarification in a finished drawing.
This workshop explores the psychology of seeing, what Da Vinci refers to as saper vedere: knowing how to see. It’s also about data transfer, messaging, visual trajectories and above all, communication. It’s about how the artist can transcribe their expression into a visual reality that others can engage with. We will explore simplification of mass, texture and pattern, as well as the importance of composition.
Experimental Drawing and the Figure focuses on designing a personal workflow for expressive drawing through visualization and the expressive sketch. This course provides the visualization techniques with component exercises, the lectures on drawing theory, studio techniques, human anatomy, figural composition, materials of the artist, and workflow management and as such might be separate courses by themselves. This class can provide an introductory foundation for artistic excellence as completion of the course with component exercises and readings will allow the student to
- Communicate effectively using an array of spatial visualization and psycho-motor manipulation skills.
- Gain an introduction to knowledge of human and comparative anatomy.
- Gain an introduction to studio techniques and fabrication.
- Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information.
- Demonstrate knowledge of art historical precedents including diverse cultures as well as global and historical perspectives.
- Adapt and integrate experimental and classical techniques and technologies effectively.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the psychology and biology of seeing.
- Create a coherently evolving body of work that advances a personal vocabulary and vision.
In an effort to maintain our non-toxic environment, the Woodstock School of Art does not permit the use of turpentine or mineral spirits. Additionally, please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne or scents of any kind. Learn more.
$375 + lab fee TBA
July 10–12, 2017, Monday–Wednesday, 9 AM–4 PM