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Drawing Challenge
The University of the Arts

CE 1114N 01 Drawing Challenge

CE 1114N 01

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Adam Lovitz



Summer 2018

  • (Jun. 5 to Aug. 7)
  • Tue 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • 0.00 Credits
  • 0.00 Credits
  • Tuition: $295 / Fees: $20
Each session will be a drawing marathon designed to encourage you to produce many pieces in short bursts with the goal to be fearless when drawing. Each week the instructor will provide different prompts ranging from props, still life, the live figure model or your imagination. Your drawing sessions will be fast paced, and you will be encouraged to bring different media such as ink, graphite, charcoal to experiment in these creative sessions. This class is designed for those with previous drawing experience eager to get into the studio looking for opportunities to practice, for artists looking for new inspiration, or for those new to drawing looking for opportunities to practice their skills in a supportive environment.

Course Overview

This summer take the challenge to make ten drawings each night!

We will learn the gesture of a mark, and what sort of experience this evokes as both the artist and the viewer. We will break down the act of drawing for technical advancement, and rather approach a practice through a philosophical investigation. At the same time, critical engagement with our individual work, and group critiques will support an environment to recognize a developed sensibility to what makes a drawing ‘successful.’ In this, our approach to making a drawn mark will feel less restrained to talent or skill, and more so it will be rooted in process, materiality, and personal exploration.

We will look at and discuss both historical and contemporary art practices, and re-consider what a drawing can be. This discussion will be rooted in history that spans all the way back to cave dwellers, and explore the beginning of language/communication as evidenced through a series of drawings on a rock surface. What were primary motivations behind early cave drawings, and how is a drawing practice used differently today. In this mind space, we will seek to renew a primal urgency to communicate through a drawn mark.

What will you do in class?
Class activities will range from timed-based exercises, embracing production through immediacy, while also developing a series of drawings that build from class-to-class.
We will focus on line quality, tone, texture, form, and composition. We will work in the class room from still-life, projections, figure models, and exercises rooted in sound. We will also take advantage of our center city location and travel outside the classroom as a way to connect and interact with our nearby surroundings.
  • 18x24in charcoal drawing pad
  • Set of charcoal pencils (soft, medium, hard)
  • Set of vine or willow charcoal
  • Set of compressed charcoal
  • India ink and brushes of varying width
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Newsprint drawing pad
While our supplies will include familiar art materials, we will also experiment with earthly materials such as dirt, plants, and other natural ingredients that offer the potential to leave a mark on a surface. We will consider permanence and temporality in out experimentation with mark-making materials.
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