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ART 119 W — Drawing Inspiration: Develop a Creative Practice

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jan 29—Mar 1
Refund Deadline: Feb 1
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $390
Instructor(s): Trevor Tubelle
Limit: 45
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Jan 29—Mar 1
5 weeks
Refund Date
Feb 1
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Trevor Tubelle
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
From 40,000-year-old cave paintings to the latest digital symbols on our phones, drawings are a fundamental form of communication and creativity. As children, we have an innate ability to access creativity through drawing, but as we get older we tend to judge what we do (usually harshly) and to leave art to the “experts.” Many of us find ourselves cut off from our own creativity. This course is designed to reignite a capacity for creativity through an exploration of drawing. The heart of the course will be a daily drawing prompt that can be responded to anywhere using minimal supplies. Unlike in a studio course, our focus will not be on learning to draw or gaining technical proficiency; rather, we will focus on the process of drawing and how it can support creativity in our lives. At first, we will work on jumpstarting creativity, tapping into our imaginations, and circumventing the critical tendencies that can inhibit us. Later, we will experiment with different ways to make marks, observing the world and exploring the inventive possibilities of drawing. Our emphasis will be on engendering a sense of enthusiasm, curiosity, and fearlessness toward the creative process within a supportive online community. By the end of the course, students will possess some of the tools and experience necessary to maintain their own creative drawing practice.

This course is open to students of all skill levels, including beginners, individuals with limited drawing experience, and those seeking to incorporate a creative practice into their daily lives.


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.