ARTS(DT)511 Drawing is Thinking, Regan Wheat, Fall 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ARTS(DT)511 Drawing is Thinking, Regan Wheat, Fall 2019

Pre-requisites

This is a graduate-level studio course open to Post-Bac, MA, and MFA students with previous drawing experience. The additional submission of images of artwork is mandatory. It is strongly recommended to have a sound knowledge of modern and contemporary art.

Description

This course is designed for advanced students in the Post-Bac, MFA, and MA programs, and draws upon Florence as a site for visual, conceptual, and art historical inspiration, conducting intensive visual research within historic sites and museum collections in Florence. Through the introduction of various research methodologies, students will use drawing as a way of thinking, gathering, and note-taking. They will utilize their visual on-site research from the rich context of Florence to expand upon the themes of their individual work in the studio, drawing from the old to create the new.

Method

This course is conceived in three parts: tradition, evolution, and revolution.

Tradition: Students will carry out visual research in historic sites through drawing and other forms of visual notation.
Evolution: Students will learn how artists utilize visual research in contemporary art practice.
Revolution: Students will integrate this visual research into contemporary studio practice. Slide lectures and readings serve to contextualize the practical work.

Learning Outcomes

Each student is required to conduct extensive visual inquiry, utilizing various research methodologies, and to integrate on-site research into the production of a body of work.

Means of Evaluation

50% Weekly visual research
50% Utilization of visual research into visual responses and integration into studio work

Grades range from A+ to F.  The SACI grading scale follows:

A+    Outstanding
A      Excellent
A-     Nearly Excellent
B+    Very Good
B      Good
B-     Nearly Good
C+    Above Satisfactory
C      Satisfactory
C-     Below Satisfactory
D      Unsatisfactory
F       Failure

A: Outstanding. Work is done with the highest commitment to excellence with a refined understanding of visual research and drawing skills. Participation is consistent, all classes are attended. Open studio work and independent research is completed on time and goes consistently above and beyond what is required.

B: Above Average. Work is strong and shows a good understanding of visual research and drawing skills. Participation may be inconsistent, but still good. Open studio work and independent research usually shows an understanding of what is covered.

C: Satisfactory. Work is average. Participation may be inconsistent. Open studio work and independent research is completed with average dedication and understanding.

Attendance and Punctuality

Punctual class attendance is mandatory and all students are expected to take an active role in protecting a serene learning environment.

  • You are expected to stay for the duration of the class and to leave only during official breaks unless you explain in advance a medical necessity to the professor. Frequent missed time in class may be counted as an unexcused absence.
  • If you are unable to attend class, you must inform your professor in advance.
  • An absence is excused for documented and serious medical problems. An undocumented medical absence is at the discretion of the professor.
  • Each absence will lower the participation grade by 1/3 of a grade. (i.e. an A will become an A-, and A- a B+ etc.)
  • If you must miss class for reasons other than a medical emergency, you should discuss with the professor the consequences of the absences. It is ultimately the professor’s decision to assess how your absence may affect your academic performance. In exceptional circumstances (which do not include personal travel) the professor may decide to excuse the absence and provide you with alternative work to make up for missed classes, site visits or field trips if applicable.

The Learning Environment

The MFA studios are group spaces and require that everyone respect the space of others. Being aware of your impact and actions is fundamental. Please keep it at all times clean and return all materials/supplies to their appropriate spaces. Behavior & composure consistent with the norms of on-site locations such as churches and museums must be respected at all times.

All members of the class are expected to respect the learning environment and the professor’s efforts to maintain it. All phones, laptops and other electronic devices are only allowed to be seen or used during class or specific tasks with the approval of the professor.

Schedule

Weeks 1-2

9/11, 9/18   
Introduction to Course
Gesture – Notation

Lecture Visual Research in Art Practice: contemporary application of drawing principles and visual research methodologies
On-Site Visual Research | Site(s) TBD
In-Studio Responses | Review

Weeks 3-4

9/25, 10/2
Shifts in Perspective

Lecture Visual Research in Art Practice: contemporary application of drawing principles and visual research methodologies
On-Site Visual Research | Site(s) TBD
In-Studio Responses | Review

Weeks 5-6

10/9, 10/16
Tone, Atmosphere, Relationship, Placement

Lecture Visual Research in Art Practice: contemporary application ofdrawing principles and visual research methodologies
On-Site Visual Research | Site(s) TBD
In-Studio Responses | Review

Week 7

10/23
Midterm Review

 

 

Week 8

MIDTERM BREAK for undergraduates (October 26 - November 3)
Research Week

 

 

Weeks 9-10

11/6, 11/13
Exploring the Semantics of Mark making

Lecture Visual Research in Art Practice: contemporary application of drawing principles and visual research methodologies
On-Site Visual Research | Site(s) TBD
In-Studio Responses | Review

Weeks 11-14

11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11
Following the Thread

On-Site Visual Research | Site(s) TBD
Integration and transformation of research in individual projects
Individual Review  

Week 15

12/18
Final Group Review

The professor reserves the right to change the syllabus when necessary and will inform the students if and when this occurs.

 

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