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CSDR 216: Pastels Inside and Out $440.00

Course Description

Pastels are a versatile and sensuous medium that combine the pure, rich color of paint with the directness and spontaneity of drawing. In this course students will gain familiarity with the materials and techniques of pastel painting, with an emphasis on rendering representational space, working from the still life and landscape, both indoors and out. Approaches to developing the picture plane, establishing scale and point of view, the basics of color theory, and the expressive use of mark and stroke will be introduced in the studio and then applied to observed landscapes, allowing both beginners and more experienced artists to ease gradually into a better understanding of the conventions of landscape painting. Special consideration will be given to the spatial effects of light and color and the use of limited palettes. Off-campus sites will include Hampton Mansion, Lake Roland, and Cylburn Arboretum. Informative demonstrations, tailored instruction and group critiques will take place every session to support individual progress. Note: On the first day of class, students should bring a set of 15 (or more) soft/chalk pastels (Rembrandt brand is recommended), an 12 x 16” Canson Mi-Tientes pad with assorted colors of pastel papers, two conte crayons in Sanquine Medici color and a kneaded eraser.

CSDR 231: Drawing the Whole Figure: Heads,Hands,Feet $440.00

Course Description

This course focuses on the human figure as an integrated and dynamic whole, with an emphasis on aspects of the figure that are frequently problematic for the life drawing student, in particular, how to accurately render heads, hands and feet. Working from a model and anatomical references, students learn to break complex forms down into manageable parts, the end result being a clearer sense of the figure as an whole and drawings that are stronger and more fully realized. Students use a variety of materials for rendering including charcoal, graphite, pen and ink, and pastels. Slide presentations and demonstrations are presented to enhance the studio experience. Individual and group critiques of student work provide feedback and help the student improve further as the class progresses. Prerequisites: Foundations of Drawing I and II or equivalent experience. Note: Students should bring an 18'' x 24'' newsprint pad and charcoal to the first class.

CSDR 234: The Figure in Mixed Media $660.00

Course Description

While the human form has been the subject of anatomical study throughout art history, it has also served as a mutable symbol to convey wide-ranging ideas about the human condition. This class will explore expressive ways to portray the human form using multiple types of wet and dry media, in order to expand students’ creative possibilities with the figure. Students will experiment with combinations of charcoal, graphite, pastel, marker, colored pencil, ink, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic, with an emphasis on the expressive use of line and color. Working primarily from a live model, students will gain familiarity with a variety of approaches and techniques, including collage, expressionism and abstraction. Art historical examples will provide grounding and inspiration for students’ personal investigations. PREREQUISITE: Learning to Draw (CSDR 101) or equivalent experience. NOTE: There will be a $10 materials fee, payable to the instructor, for shared supplies. A list of supplies for students to purchase individually will be given out at the first class meeting. NOTE: Students should bring a an 18 x 14” newsprint pad, soft to very soft vine charcoal, a 6B or Ebony graphite pencil, and a large kneaded eraser to the first class meeting. No class July 4

CSPT 221: Plein-Air Paint. Dusk to Dark $440.00

Course Description

Throughout history, the dramatic light at dusk and the expressive possibilities of night have captivated artists such as Whistler, Van Gogh, Ryder, and Turner. In this course, suitable for all levels, students explore oil painting techniques for quickly rendering light and atmosphere in the evening landscape The inherent simplicity of this approach offers unique opportunities for success with quick studies, as well as with more extended compositions. After mastering the basics of depicting form through value, students will explore the nuances of color palettes and paint application to render the emotive qualities of the landscape. Outside assignments will challenge the student to explore different light situations throughout the day. Using MICA as a base, the class will travel to various local painting sites. NOTE: Though the recommended course medium is oil paint, all media are welcome. The French-style Julian easel is also recommended. A complete materials list for oil painting will be handed out at the first class meeting.

NCDR 110: Open Studio Model Sessions $90.00

Course Description

Sessions are offered for those who want to draw or paint from the live figure. Each section includes two models—one for quick poses for sketching and one for sustained drawing or painting. A class coordinator will ensure the quality of each session. No formal instruction is offered and there are no prerequisites. Open to undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and continuing studies students. Note: At least 25 students must enroll in each section for it to run. Section A will not meet on March 25 and April 1, and Section B will not meet on March 13.

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