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ART208: Drawing and Painting

Students explore the symbiotic relationship between drawing and painting and the art fundamentals common to both, including design, form, space, perspective, composition and color.

In and out of the studio, students explore the symbiotic relationship between drawing and painting and the art fundamentals common to both, including design, form, space, perspective, composition and color. Students explore a variety of mark-making techniques using graphite and paint to record ideas and visual perceptions. Projects are created using both paper and canvas surfaces, and a vibrant and versatile range of materials including graphite, charcoal, pastels, water-mixable oil paints and ink. The fluid relationship of drawing into painting is at the core of the course content, and the understanding of art as a communication tool and unique language is continuously explored and demonstrated in projects focusing on topics such as the Exeter campus, studio objects, film stills, design and related sketchbook work. Students learn a variety of contemporary drawing techniques on different surfaces, construct their own canvas surfaces and synthesize important concepts that connect drawing to painting. Studio projects place a strong emphasis on process, such as the usefulness of sketches, compositional studies and underpaintings. Dynamic sketchbook assignments will enhance the process of ongoing studio projects. The viewing of relevant works of art provides drawing students with the opportunity to make stylistic connections to significant artists and enrich their own works. Students serve as peer critics, practice collaboration and provide useful critical analysis. The course provides students with the opportunity to be fluent in both studio mediums, demonstrated in a substantial and vibrant portfolio.