Students in the drawing program work from a considerable variety of perceptual, conceptual, procedural, imaginary and theoretical models. Emphasis is placed on the investigation of drawing as a media in which to create strong statements of personal expression. Through practice and the development of research and studio skills, students are encouraged to work creating an environment where the making of drawings and the ideas behind them is simultaneous and engaging.Students are guided in their professional practice as well as a studio ethic honing the individualization of your voice and vision, expansion of your visual language, experimentation, and the necessary levels of self-reflection and self-discipline.
Early on, students study the basic language of drawing. The undergraduate Drawing sequence begins with the basic language of drawing. The 2000-level courses in Perceptual Drawing and Figure Drawing I emphasize the uses of drawing from observation and art anatomy while Drawing: Movement and Motion asks students to explore the language of drawing visual movement and the concepts of motion in two-dimensional art forms.
Students build 3000-level courses, which consist of Color Drawing, Figure Drawing II, Sketchbook/Journal Development, and Experimental Drawing, onto their foundation classes. In these courses, themes are explored through assignments, which explore ongoing issues and new approaches to drawing.
During the senior drawing studio year, a body of more personal work is distilled. Students are guided in their professional practice as well as a studio ethic that hones the individualization of voice and vision, expansion of visual language, experimentation, and the necessary levels of self-reflection and self-discipline.
The Graduate programs in Painting and Drawing are designed to further the student's art making practice through the development of enhanced conceptual, aesthetic and technical skills. The program also provides the student access to a variety of courses including: classical and contemporary art history and theory, criticism, museum studies and professional practice for the studio artist. Graduate faculty offer direct instruction through a series rotating, topic specific Painting and Drawing graduate seminar courses, as well as individual instruction on a tutorial basis, meeting with individuals or small groups regularly.