Building on Art 130, this studio course seeks to enlarge the student’s visual vocabulary and inventive capacities. Projects are more complex and require a sustained effort. Students have an opportunity to explore content and styles according to their individual needs. Group discussions and critiques, slide lectures, and field trips are included. Prerequisite: Art 130 (Drawing 1) or instructor permission. May be taken up to three times for credit. Spring semester only.

The theme of Drawing 2 changes each year.

For Spring 2011, the theme is Expanded Drawing: Conceptual, Unexpected, Interactive, Inventive.


Spring 2010: Mixed Media, Materials and Processes

Expand your definition of what drawing is, further your exploration of drawing processes, experiment with nontraditional materials, and develop your own concepts and ideas in this studio seminar.

Explore the unexpected possibilities of various materials and invent your own processes for their use. This may include: monochromatic materials (charcoal, ink, tar, chalk…), color materials (watercolor, pastel, paper, paint), found objects/images (books, text, collage, transfer…), and other processes (stitching, staining, writing…). Develop your own individual content in conjunction with the expressive qualities of your materials. In addition to intensive studio work, this course will include discussions, critiques, technical demonstrations, and field trips.


To explore and understand how materials and processes impact the content and meaning of a finished work of art.
To expand your visual vocabulary to include unexpected types of mark-making and material combinations.
To use problem-solving techniques to address challenges inherent in crafting a coherent artwork.
To explore and expand the definitions of both “drawing” and “art.”
To improve the ability to express ideas through visual art, and to improve the ability to articulate those ideas verbally.
To develop and refine open-ended themes into personal explorations of content and subject matter.
To thoughtfully critique and discuss the visual expression and content of other artists’ work.


In this course we will spend time in each of the following areas: drawing, critique, research, and reading/discussion. You will be required to complete five projects which encourage personal development of content. Brief writing assignments as well as a studio journal will be used to further explore and articulate ideas. There will be occasional field trips for drawing or research.

Being a small group gives us the rare opportunity to allow the studio to function like a professional artists studio would, with much self-directed drawing and research time, many informal discussions, and the ability to be flexible in our scheduling. This type of structure requires a high level of self-discipline, motivation, and independent creative thinking from each individual involved: we will all work together to create the most productive studio environment possible.


Primarily based on studio process, participation, and engagement.