Traces, Mistakes, and Leftovers (Canceled)

Mary Lum

The role of drawing has changed over the history of art, from primitive recording to preliminary sketch, to documentation, to works that function independently. How can we expand these categories to include the remnants of the making process. Can the research done before a project, the many mistakes made in process, or the discards left after completion of an artwork be considered acts of drawing? What happens in the moments when we think we aren’t working? Can we analyze our interactions with the world that lead to a certain way of making things? What is the necessity or value of ruins? How can we fold back these layers to make new drawings?
Employing their own advanced work as a base, students collect, analyze, and employ the physical and conceptual detritus surrounding their making process. Topics include: idea generation and development, the use of memory and reconstruction, teaching, and drawing as a way of thinking. In-class discussions are complemented by readings, writings, production of individual bodies of work, and small group projects. Students are expected to be engaged in a concurrent advanced studio/making course and to complete most of their course work outside of class time. A high level of self-motivation is expected.

Prerequisites: Two previous VA courses, and permission of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in another advanced "making" course, visual art or otherwise.
Credits: 4
W 2:10pm - 6:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as Four Credit, Updates, 4000, Drawing, Mary Lum, All courses.