Course code:



M - Intermediate

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • ADS - Arts & Design Studio

Lab fee:


Typically offered:

Upon occasion

This course is designed to provide students with a thorough experience with the issues of abstraction, from the early days of modernism to current contemporary abstract art. The course seeks to discuss the various strategies, sources, and methods of abstraction used by artists throughout history and encourage an understanding that any form of re-presentation is inherently an abstraction of reality. Projects will encourage experimentation with a variety of drawing media, paints, supports, and methods of application. This course provides students a nurturing and exploratory experience of the formal and material issues unique to abstraction and its contemporary manifestations. It will assist students by providing contextual historical information with corresponding studio demonstrations and projects in order to demystify abstract art. A primary aim of this course is encourage subjective accountability and a thoughtful relationship to abstraction. It will emphasize that the conceptual possibilities of abstraction not only assist a student’s emerging artistic aesthetics but also can also positively affect their relation to nature, science, and life in general. This course will feature demonstrations, a mandatory field trip, art historical slide presentations and readings of relevant artists and writers that provide a historical and/or philosophical context for our work this term. Scholarly research and constructive questioning will be stressed, along with developing a work ethic appropriate for pursuing art/inquiry in serious manner. All students will be able to coherently articulate their ideas concerning their process, technique, work, vision, and an art-historical context for their work through short written response and in-class one-on-one discussions. Evaluation will be based on active physical and verbal participation in both work and in-class discussions or critiques, an increased proficiency to accurately represent the human form, individually designed projects, experimentation with drawing media. A final digital portfolio of work and self-evaluation is required.


Drawing 1, Intermediate Drawing, Beginning Painting, 2-D Design, Drawing Mineral and Botanical Matter; or permission from instructor.

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