When Viewing Examples of Student Work:

Often a single example of work may not demonstrate all the required objectives for a particular assignment. Instead students should collectively consider: the required objectives for each assignment, the multiple examples presented on this blog and during in class presentations. As well ideas discovered through a student's independent research in combination with various examples and ideas presented by instructor will ultimately be the best approach for synthesizing ideas and reaching the requirements (and unique outcome) for any particular course project.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Assignment 5: Final Assignment for Drawing Studio 2

As mentioned in class Assignment 5 can be an extension of ideas for assignment 4 (time-based drawing) or a completely different project that connects traditional drawing materials with contemporary ideas. 
As indicated on UM Learn in the course syllabus, assignment 5 will involve the following ideas:
"Assignment 5 from Course Syllabus:
Thematic Content, Contemporary Ideas and Drawing: 
This assignment will offer choices that require the student to address a culmination of ideas disseminated from this course.
Objectives of Assignment:
The following project requires synthesizing formal and conceptual thematic content in relation to contemporary art [and drawing]. The research and the final outcome of the project should demonstrate a curiosity and an awareness of contemporary ideas. [check the optional reading list such as the Vitamin D book in the syllabus and links from assignment 4 to assist you further in your research]
Ultimately these contemporary ideas should be crafted technically and conceptually into a work of innovative contemporary art."

Contemporary ideas can include some of the optional themes presented in assignment 4, but could include other ideas as well. Majority of the work presented in previous assignment’s  group discussions were different examples of drawing connecting to contemporary ideas and contemporary drawing processes. 

Generally speaking contemporary ideas should have layers of meaning and the work should have an overall synthesis of formal and conceptual (thematic) ideas.

Students should periodically consult instructor throughout the process of the project to ensure that enough work is done and objectives of final project are addressed. As well there should be an in class dialogue with class peers regarding work. (As usual positive in class participation is expected).

Potential Options for Assignment 5:

The following assignments are suggestions (options) meant to serve as a guide. This list is not inclusive. You may wish to work on one assignment or combine ideas of various assignments. See options/assignments1-6 listed below.

1) Make a drawing on something 3Dimensional. Work may also include the use of non-traditional surface(s)/materials for applying drawing mediums onto. For example: metal, wood, fabric, resin, glass, and collaged newspapers and surfaces that are not oblong in shape. Or mixing paint and material together such as wax, silicon, plaster, or powders (Remember to think of art materials and health hazard issues with some materials)

Work can also include the interaction of the original colour of a selected material with other coloured surface(s)/materials or the occasional coloured object may be placed on a coloured surface. 20% of time should be spent on 3D component and 80% should be spent on the execution of the drawing. It is suggested that this option be chosen only if the person has aptitude and tools for making 3D work.

2) Develop collage in a drawing and/ or use of text or create a new type of bookwork as long as an innovative language of drawing is demonstrated. Consider book to be innovative with visual metaphorical layers of meaning.

3) Drawing in relation to a technology of choice: film, video, digital imaging (computers), cyber space, sound, photography, photocopying, printmaking, and/or a drawing project that addresses issues concerning media and culture. 

4) Drawing that is process based, or time based, or performance based.

5) You may have part of your drawing allude to a cultural critique addressing an issue or a combination of issues such as: economic class, power, gender, sexuality, environment or race. 

6) Open Project (Expand definition of Drawing in relation to Experimental and Innovative Contemporary Art Practices)

Overall this assignment should have traditional drawing materials and or processes (dry drawing materials such as pastels, conte, vine charcoal, etc) in some way.  However wet mediums such as water colour and other materials (including non-traditional drawing materials) may be used in conjunction with traditional drawing materials. As always if clarification is required as to what materials can be used for assignment contact instructor.

As in previous course assignments prepare yourself with a large variety of potential images and materials to work from, and mentally prepare yourself for risk taking, reworking, re-editing, researching, applying criticism and generally experimenting with conviction, and also have materials available for any small preliminary works and you will have a very successful work or series. Allow substantial time for "risk taking, reworking, re-editing, researching, applying criticism and generally experimenting with conviction".

Student examples of assignments presented below are suggestions meant to serve as a guide. These examples below are not inclusive (the assignment outcome can be very different from the examples below).  When considering option 1-6 (listed above) you may wish to work on one assignment or combine ideas of various assignments. Student examples of some final projects from previous first year drawing courses :

Varnish on Burned Wood
April 2009

Mixed Media
April 2009

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Drawing Assignment 4: Time-Based Drawing

Assignment Description: Traditional drawing materials in relation to time based mediums such as sound, video, animation, book works, and or performance. As in previous assignments in the course the Time Based Drawing Assignment should present a hybrid of drawing materials and/or process with thematic layers conveyed in a unique and innovative manner. As usual aesthetic (formal visual languages) should be synthesized with thematic layers (conceptual content) Overall work should move toward thematic performance or process and or time based work with traditional drawing materials. 

Purpose: The goal of the assignment is to have students combine traditional materials with more contemporary art methods. Material options to select from could include traditional materials such as drawing materials (graphite, conte, and/or oil pastel), paint, various 2-dimensional surfaces (board, and/or paper) in combination with video cameras (cameras could include cellphones or tablets) and/or projections, printed matter, objects (found or crafted), and installation. Students potentially work as live performer with text, images, and/or audio with traditional drawing materials.

Potential Subject Matter and Themes:
1)     Dynamics of the gaze, including power relations within the process of interpreting subject matter. Students will be asked to attempt to subvert these dynamics in a process and/or performance work. Students will be encouraged to explore themes of personal identities and/or rituals in the context of blurred or multimedia disciplines with traditional drawing material(s).

2)     Open-ended themes include potential non-linear narratives, metaphors on time, aging, transition, loss, political struggle, and/or cycles.

3)     There could also be the theme relating to the problem of drawing materiality in the digital era.

4)     Strive to have materials and/or processes that convey fictional or real themes, metaphors, and/or narratives. The body is to be understood as a site of political or social critique. As part of the thematic layers, integration of a cultural critique into the prosthesis could be also be an option in relation to traditional drawing material(s).

5)     Themes not included on list is permitted provided a brief description (1 -2 sentences) is presented to instructor and approved by instructor

Some Examples of Time-Based Drawing (many more are possible - see what you can research!)

Heather Hansen

Rebecca Horn
Pencil Mask

Willian Kentridge
Book Work

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Dialectics of Art Practices (Derek Brueckner's Blog): Recent Small Paintings completed in 2015

Dialectics of Art Practices (Derek Brueckner's Blog): Recent Small Paintings completed in 2015: Coloured pencil and acrylic on board        16 x 20 inches         2015 Coloured pencil and acrylic on...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Thematic B & W Interior/Exterior Assignment

oil pastel          24 x 18 inches
Drawing Studio 1 course

 acrylic and ink       18 x 24 inches
Drawing Studio 1 course

black and white conte      24 x 18 inches
Drawing Studio 1 course

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Assignment 3: 21 Items/Elements - Exterior Assignment from Imagination

This assignment is about doing a drawing involving a landscape that includes a narrative or metaphorical narrative depicting the list of elements (listed below) from your imagination. The drawing can be as realistic or surreal as people wish provided the work presents a narrative with layered thematic content that is unique. Consider details, specific characteristics and contexts for each item/element to make your narrative unique. This assignment is about being given specific parameters and demonstrating the ability to be innovative and unique within those specific parameters.

The examples below do not address all the objectives of the assignment but are very good examples to consider. As in all assignments the goal is to have an original, unique and ambitious work when completing the objectives of the assignment.

Out of the list below you are required to depict the following 21 elements into you work:

1) House with one window that allows the viewer to see inside the house.

2) Cityscape or mountain range on the horizon in the background to suggest deep space in the picture.

3) Sculpture

4) Person riding their bike, skateboard, or rollerblading

5) Road

6) Fence

7) Shed or outhouse with entrance open allowing the viewer to see inside

8) Two people inside or outside who own/rent the house (these two people are in addition to the person riding their bike, skateboard or rollerblading)

9) Car

10) Boat, kayak or canoe

11) Flowers

12) 6 birds

13) Performance artist (historical or created)

14) Clothes line with clothes that signify the couple that are living in the house.

15) Garbage can and recycling container

16) Grass

17) River or stream

18) Tree

19) Bill board

20) Lawn furniture

21) Tunnel entrance in the landscape that connects to road

Check course syllabus for due date of this assignment.

21 Items project – comments to consider as the work is developed and completed
Many of these ideas below were discussed in class for this project (and for other assignments). 
The information below will also will be used to evaluate the assignment. 
Consider the information below as a guide when developing and finishing the assignment.

1    1)    Be specific as possible about those chosen items (the subject matter) in terms of detail that you feel is important or should be emphasized.  The work does not have to be drawn realistically but the drawing is required to convey ideas and or narratives about specific subject matter.

2   2)    Try to depict items in a way which are unusual or in a way that you have not seen before.

3   3)    Some items should be very large in size – begin to play around with scale and space within the work and some items will be smaller.

4  4)    Have some of the items overlap and interact formally (visually) and also consider how the items overlap and interact as part of the narrative.

5 5)   Using colour which includes pure colour and mixing of colour along with some potential tinting of colour. Keep the mixture and use of black with colour to a minimum.

6 6)    Consider where will there be subject matter which is low in colour contrast and where will there be some examples of subject matter which is higher in colour contrast. (this strategic use in the progressions of colour contrast could also have effect in terms of which part of the narrative is emphasized and how the progression of space is emphasized)

7 7)    Consider different types of art materials and the variety of characteristics these materials offer. Potential characters to utilize with art materials include:
-       - Opaqueness and transparency of art materials when applied
-       - Thick applications of materials (multiple layers of materials)
-       - Rough textured applications of materials
-       - Smooth application of art materials
-       - Sometimes the art materials will be used with intentional precision and control
-       - Sometimes the materials will be used with convincing intentions of expression and intuition (rough or messy with convincing intentions)
      -Use materials that will occasionally allow you to cover, edit and or revise areas in the work