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ART 25 — Abstract Drawing

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: On-campus (About Formats)
Duration: 9 weeks
Date(s): Apr 6—Jun 1
Time: 6:00—9:00 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 8
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $640
Instructor(s): Trevor Tubelle
Limit: 17
Class Recording Available: No
Status: Open
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6:00—9:00 pm (PT)
Apr 6—Jun 1
9 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 8
2 Units
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Trevor Tubelle
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Break free from realism by delving into the imaginative and conceptual world of abstraction. In this course, we will use a variety of strategies—from highly structured plans to wildly spontaneous accidents—to examine what it means to create abstract art. In weekly projects, we will experiment with various drawing materials (pens, pencils, and sumi ink and brush, among others), techniques, and strategies, including gesture drawing, collage, mixed media, and chance. Through these projects, we will explore a variety of ideas and subject matter through the lens of abstraction, including nonrepresentational geometry, repetition, pattern, ambiguity, and metaphor. There will also be warm-up exercises, step-by-step demos, info on relevant artists, as well as one-on-one and group discussions that will guide our process of inquiry within a relaxed and supportive creative community. This course will energize your creative process and give you the confidence and skills necessary to pursue your own abstract drawing practice.

Students at any level are welcome. As the course assumes some exposure to basic drawing, it is recommended that students will have completed an introductory course in either drawing, painting, or mixed media, or have similar experience. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $70–$90 on these materials.


Trevor Tubelle works with hybrid forms of drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, and performance. He has taught at the Stanford Arts Institute (Honors in the Arts program), UC Santa Cruz, and elsewhere. His work is included in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tubelle received an MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work can be viewed on Instagram @trevortubelle and at tubelle.com.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.