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ART 119 W — Drawing Inspiration: Developing a Creative Practice

Quarter: Summer
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Jun 21—Jul 23
Refund Deadline: Jun 24
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $345
Instructor(s): Trevor Tubelle
Limit: 70
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Jun 21—Jul 23
5 weeks
Refund Date
Jun 24
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Trevor Tubelle
Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD 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 is a daily drawing prompt that can be responded to anywhere using minimal supplies. Unlike in a studio course, our focus is not on learning to draw or gaining technical proficiency; rather, it is 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 designed for anyone, regardless of skill level: beginners; people with limited drawing experience; and those who want to build a creative outlet into their daily lives. Because of the higher enrollment compared with a traditional art studio course, students will not receive instructor feedback on every daily drawing post. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $35–$45 on these materials.


Trevor Tubelle is an interdisciplinary artist working 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 at tubelle.com and @trevortubelle on Instagram.

Textbooks for this course:

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