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Drawing Marathon – IN-PERSON: Material World with Tess Bilhartz & Guests

Course Description

This Marathon engages drawing as a deeply physical and generative act that at its root poses questions and fosters new ideas, imagery, or visions. In order to access that generative aspect of drawing, we will focus on moments of material transition and exchange that can surprise and shake us up. Moving from one material to another, responding to a previous drawing with a different set of tools, or combining imagery, spaces, and media that aren’t meant to be together, one might follow the drawing to unexpected places.

Participants can expect to work observationally, abstractly, from photos and found imagery, and also from your own drawings and the work of others. Unusual tools like tape, brooms, or even parts of the body may be used. You will draw, you will collage, you will cut and redact, and you will smear and combine. The work of relevant artists will be discussed and also used as drawing prompts. The Marathon will begin with a series of fast projects that are intended to activate ideas and get the juices flowing, and it will culminate in a more self-directed large scale drawing that riffs on ideas formed in the previous week. The hope is to get to a place where drawing feels more like a question than an answer, a proposal to ourselves as artists that can inspire or seed future projects.

Course Syllabus

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