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Saturday Morning Drawing – with Carlo D’Anselmi

Course Description

“Drawing As Exploration.”
This class is intended to approach drawing as an investigative journey, which focuses on fundamentals of drawing from life, as well as forming a unique drawing habit that extends beyond the studio. Students are encouraged to keep sketchbooks outside of class, approaching them as a way of gathering information to bring back to the studio and to use as content in work. Sketchbook content will influence the model’s pose and props. In class we will work mainly from the model, with a different focus each class, and have critiques to end each day.

Course Outline

One: Introduction/Materials
Getting to know each other! We will investigate different media and techniques in order to know them better and          discover which media we are interested in from the start.  We will talk about different ways to use or combine different media, and experiment with each from the model.
Two:  Space Explorers
We will focus on space and form, drawing from the model set up and talking about how we can derive form and space. We will get into the habit of sketchbooking and talk about how that can bring content into the studio, our classroom.
Three: Tone/composition
We will focus on using tone effectively in both wet and dry media. We will also talk about compositional effectiveness and what makes a drawing stronger.
Four:  Line/composition
We will focus on using line effectively in both wet and dry media.
Five: Transformation: Collage and Life
We will focus on collaging from life, gluing paper together. Bring acrylic medium.
Six: A Trip to the MET 
We will meet at the MET for a class and draw entirely from interesting objects (MET room TBD) If we can we will schedule a visit to the archives
Seven: All About the Figure
We will focus completely on drawing the figure, solitary, monumental, poetic.
Eight: Art on the Brain.
We will look at several artists who have used life around them as a means to create their own work see how their practice happened. Bonnard, Rembrandt, RB Kitaj. Taking art from life and bringing it back to the studio.
Nine: Memory and Invention
This week we will not use the model, but will only work from our sketchbooks, and invent several new pieces of work that refer to the space and forms in our previous drawings.
Ten: Markmaking
Looking at how marks have weight and identity in themselves regardless of what they are representing. We will experiment with different marks to create tensions, balances, and rhythms.
Eleven: Last Day of Drawing.
We will end with a session of drawing and a critique of everyone’s work since the beginning of class.

Course Syllabus

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