Drawing and Knowledge
Taught by Christine Garvey
Christine Garvey is an artist and coach based in Austin, Texas. Her creative work has been recognized with a Fulbright Research Grant, an Austin Community Initiatives Award, and a Fellowship from Concordia University Montreal. Since 2010 she’s been a teaching artist and faculty member at various institutions, including the University of Texas at Austin, Florence University of the Arts, and Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation. She writes and speaks about ideas that impact artists, including scarcity and financial stability, and helps artists set goals and gain momentum in their creative practices. To find out more about her work visit: christine-garvey.com.
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.