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ART 25 W — Abstract Drawing

Quarter: Fall
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Oct 16—Dec 8
Refund Deadline: Oct 19
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $525
Instructor(s): Trevor Tubelle
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
Please Note: No class the week of November 20
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Oct 16—Dec 8
7 weeks
Refund Date
Oct 19
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Trevor Tubelle
Please Note: No class the week of November 20
ACCESS 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. Students will share their work in weekly online discussion threads, where they will have the opportunity to give and receive feedback, as well as inspire one another, in a relaxed and supportive creative community. There will also be warm-up exercises, technical and conceptual information, step-by-step demo images, and links to relevant artists. Weekly live one-hour videoconferencing sessions provide students with a real-time venue for asking questions, getting feedback, and participating in short drawing exercises and small group discussions in Zoom breakout rooms. 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, including motivated beginners, are welcome. As the course assumes some exposure to basic drawing, it is recommended (but not required) 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 $75–$85 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.