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Drawing Marathon – VIRTUAL: The Journey of Line and Its Own Dissolution with Graham Nickson & Guests

Course Description

Drawing is the driving force of being an artist and line is part of the story.

Line is the first mark of human experience. The mark on the cave wall turned into a line that described the head of a horse or the leg of a buffalo. In order to understand the history of line we will draw with the great artists of the past as our guides.

Vasari complained that although Titian is a great painter, his work suffered from a lack of drawing. The drawings of Rembrandt reveal a reliance on line and yet his ink washes contribute to its dissolution. Likewise, Seurat’s investigations of the dot and his beautiful tonal drawings form a linear dissolution of line.

In the twentieth century, we have heard Egon Schiele exclaim “line is everything.” In later years Paul Klee would “take a line for a walk.” Lucio Fontana interpreted slashes in the canvas as a surrogate for line and Walter de Maria buried his line, a copper tube, vertically a mile into the earth.

Line, an element of form and a container of expression, holds the potential to fulfill a functional and transformative role in drawing.

Course Syllabus

Teacher

Graham Nickson

Dean, Atelier Head of Painting

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