Drawing is one of the oldest forms of art, from cave drawings, to the Renaissance, to the many modes of abstraction seen today. The study of drawing strengthens our ability to see and understand the world around us and develops our ability to critically analyze the visual relationships that bring meaning into the world. In that way, drawing is both fundamental to all art and design study, as well as being an expressive activity in its own right.
The Drawing concentration begins with Drawing I in our foundations program where students engage in exercises and workshops by drawing from observation in order to build perceptual acuity and hands-on skills in various media. Students learn to see and develop their ability to visualize their ideas through as they progress through the concentration curricula. Advanced courses are structured to support rigorous study in composition and conceptual expression, and to foster the development of each student's individual creative voice. Small class sizes allow for close faculty mentorship that is critical for each student's conceptual development and visual maturity. Space permitting, private studios are available for seniors in drawing during their last semesters in the program.
Facilities & Equipment
Large studio classrooms occupy nearly 4,000 sq. ft. of newly ventilated spaces in Willard Hall, which accommodate several different classes exploring a wide range of media.