Drawing, Painting, Print Media & Photography [DP3]
The DP3 area addresses media with a two-dimensional orientation including drawing, print processes, painting, photography and digital imaging. DP3 classes involve traditional, emerging and unconventional media applied to both perceptual and conceptual problems.DP3 courses:
- Present drawing as central to the creative process and as a language shared across all media
- Embrace traditional, emerging and unconventional media
- Develop and integrate perceptual and conceptual skills
- Explore manual, mechanical and electronic tools and processes
- Consider creative and effective means of distribution and presentation
- Connect historical approaches to contemporary issues and aspirations
Students move from more structured assignments to projects that they conceive themselves, ultimately developing their own vision and independent practices. DP3 embraces production in and outside of the studio, encouraging works for gallery walls as much as public spaces or contexts across diverse communities. It encourages the unique work of art as well as the multiple, single and serial imagery, considering distribution and audience among other issues in contemporary image making.
Every student builds a strong foundation in drawing by working with a wide range of tools and materials, focusing on how these skills will be useful in all their future work. Drawing courses tend to be fast-paced, messy and demanding. Whether working from the model or from the mind, students are encouraged to develop their observational, compositional, and communication skills hand in hand to create dynamic, meaningful and visually rich results.
Drawing courses connect with other studio practices through projects that involve digital tools, laser cutting, sculptural considerations, etc. After mastering the basics, advanced courses blend drawing with other processes and disciplines, providing opportunities for deeper study and bigger challenges.
- The Figure: Anatomy and Structure
- The Five Obstructions
- STILL TIME: Poetry and the Pictograph
Painting courses dive into the rich history and contemporary possibilities of wet media on a variety of supports, from cotton canvas to car doors. Courses begin with more structured problems, painting from both observation and invention, and transition into self-developed projects. Lessons examine space and surface, building sensuous form and meaningful content out of color and light.
Context is also considered: are paintings always destined for white gallery walls or can they enter private and public realms in other ways? Students have engaged in neighborhood mural projects, transformed walls of abandoned structures and treated a former slag heap as a canvas. Using all the tools at our disposal, from the manual to the digital, we investigate what painting can do and how it acts in the world, making paintings that speak to personal and/or collective experience for the time we live in. Students explore acrylics and oils while experimenting with less conventional materials from sand to stuffed animals. On top of fundamental courses at introductory and advanced levels, special topics courses that stretch the definition and practice of painting.
- Painting in the Real World
- Figure Painting
- Paint Draw Opera
- Color, Light, Radiance
- The Art and Science of Color
Print Media courses engage traditional and contemporary means of reproducing images while operating within and testing the ever-expanding definition of image making. We address print media as a way of making multiples in varied contexts, considering display and installation. Print media, here, is defined as work that may involve conventional processes such as intaglio, lithography, silkscreen, and relief, along with contemporary methods such as digital imaging and fabrication.
Alternative and experimental methods of print production are also explored. Students generate work to be exhibited, performed or situated for review in individual meetings and group critiques.
- Advanced Print Media
- The Book
- Expanding the Monoprint
Photography offerings cover a broad range of topics from black and white film-based darkroom work to advanced digital color courses. Students begin with the basic craft of photography - from exposure of the negative, making of the print and presentation of the finished product. Courses concentrate on photography as fine art - what is unique about photography and the concerns that are shared with the visual arts. Classes are structured to equip students with an understanding of the medium's history and contemporary potential -- technically, formally, expressively and conceptually.
- Black and White Photography I
- Color Photography and Digital Output
- Constructed Visions