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Drawing

Painting/drawing students can enjoy classes conducted in spacious studios complete with high ceilings and large windows that provide plenty of natural light.

A variety of media and approaches are taught to help students achieve the control and understanding necessary to produce quality work. Individual and group critiques are used as teaching aids to help students improve their grasp of concepts and techniques.

Drawing FACULTY

Margaret Davismdavis@emich.edu
Michael Reedymreedy@emich.edu
Amy Sackstederasackste@emich.edu

Drawing Courses

ARTS 205 Beginning Life Drawing

Study of the human figure through the use of predominantly nude models. The dynamic and complex structure of the human figure is explored in a variety of materials and exercises designed to nurture a fluent understanding of the active and passive nature of the human body. (Formerly ART 210)

Prereq: ARTS 126, and department permission

ARTS 300 Color Theory

This is an introductory course in which students learn the basics of subtractive color. A series of lectures and related studio problems are utilized to develop an understanding of color systems, the characteristics of color, and how to control the visual aspects of color through both mixture and juxtaposition. As students gain a greater understanding of the subject matter, more individualized assignments may be introduced.

Prereq: ARTS 126 and department permission

ARTS 305 Intermediate Life Drawing

Further study of the human figure as a subject in various media with an emphasis on the expressive use of the figurative motif. (Formerly ART 316)

Prereq: ARTS 205, ARTS 290, passed foundation review, and department permission

ARTS 306 Intermediate Drawing

Further studies in drawing with an emphasis on history, theory, and practice. Drawing techniques from previous courses will be integrated in expanded studies which focus on various concepts such as: the visual environment, narrative, and sequential art in order to establish a broad based understanding of the relationship between form and content.

Prereq: ARTS 205, ARTS 290, passed foundations review, and departmental permission

ARTS 307 Drawing: Contemporary Methods and Materials

Intensive study and investigation of the relationship between space, form, and content. Emphasis is placed on contemporary drawing media and methods as a means of exploring areas beyond traditional drawing space and as a tool for problem solving through drawing as a process. Students will be exposed to contemporary issues and ideas through the use of research assignments, readings, and large-scale projects to expand their understanding of an artist’s process of conceptualization.

Prereq: ARTS 205, ARTS 290, passed foundations review, and departmental permission

ARTS 405 Advanced Life Drawing

Investigation of contemporary approaches to the human figure as a subject. Emphasis is placed on interpretive skills and the development of a personal direction, which is supported by a sound technical and conceptual foundation. Group discussions and critiques are frequent. (Formerly ART 419)

Prereq: ARTS 305 and department permission

ARTS 406 Advanced Drawing

Intensive studio work in selected perceptual or conceptual problems. Emphasis is on independent research and the development of a personal direction, which is supported by a sound technical and conceptual foundation. Group discussions and critiques are frequent. (Formerly ART 432)

Prereq: ARTS 306 and department permission

ARTS 407 Advanced Life Drawing II

Intensive studio work involving the human figure as subject in selected projects and drawing media. Emphasis is on independent research and the development of a cogent body of work that is technically and conceptually sound. Group discussions and critiques are frequent.

Prereq: ARTS 405 and department permission. Co-req: ARTS 490W

ARTS 408 Advanced Drawing II

Further intensive studio work in selected perceptual or conceptual problems. Emphasis is on independent research and the development of a cogent body of work that is technically and conceptually sound. Group discussions and critiques are frequent. Students will explore personal and aesthetic issues through independently driven assignments, class critiques, and visual and written materials, in the pursuit of creating an individual portfolio representative of a body of work.

Prereq: ARTS 406 and department permission. Co-req: ARTS 490W

ARTS 490W Capstone

This course is taken in conjunction with the last course in each student’s area of concentration. It is designed as the culminating learning experience for students in the BFA curriculum and will help provide direction for their future professional careers. The course will focus on preparation for a required senior exhibition, the development of a professional portfolio, and the creation necessary written documents to support one’s professional career. This course fulfills the General Education Writing Intensive requirement.

Prereq: must be enrolled in final area of concentration and department permission