Drawing and Knowledge

Christine Garvey
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Taught by Christine Garvey

Christine Garvey is an artist and coach based in Austin, TX. Her paintings and installations have been exhibited internationally, including exhibitions with Galerie Circulaire (Montreal), Sur La Montagne Galerie (Berlin), Jules Maidoff Gallery (Florence), International Print Center (New York) and The Contemporary Austin.

Garvey’s work has been recognized with a Fulbright Research Grant (2016), a Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center (2020), and an Artist Relief Grant from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, United States Artists, and Creative Capital (2021). She's taught at the University of Texas at Austin, School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation.

She writes and speaks about ideas that impact contemporary artists, including scarcity, endurance, and financial stability. Her work has been featured in Creative Mornings Global, Brooklyn Magazine, and The Creative Independent.

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In this 2-session drawing course, students will explore the practice of drawing as a place to generate and express ideas. We will locate this investigation within art history, looking at drawing's heritage as a means to examine, critique, appreciate and express something of our own existence. Looking to more contemporary examples, we will investigate drawing as a place to imagine, play and collaborate through a series of in-class exercises and projects. 

Note: There will be some minor "homework" after session one. Students must be able to do this, as well as attend both sessions in order to enroll. Please bring a sketchbook to class with you!

Experience in drawing is good, although beginners are also welcome!

Day 1: Looking Again: Homage and Observation

Students will participate in a series of observation-based exercises, considering how we receive and take note of space. We will pay particular attention to the "invisible forces" that act on us when we draw (sounds, lights, energies) and how those elements impact the way we make marks.

Day 2: Receiving and Re-imagining: Collagist Space  

Building upon our exercises in observation, we will examine homework and discuss findings. From here, students will bring images of familiar/personally significant places/things. Using a variety of drawing and collage strategies, we will re-imagine the familiar, uncovering new connections, and perhaps unconscious happenings at work. This will be paired with a series of warm-up collaborative exercises.

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