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ART 247 W — Powerful Drawing Techniques: Layering with Mixed Media

Quarter: Winter
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Jan 23—Mar 10
Refund Deadline: Jan 26
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $500
Instructor(s): Trevor Tubelle
Limit: 30
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Flex Online(About Formats)
Jan 23—Mar 10
7 weeks
Refund Date
Jan 26
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Trevor Tubelle
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
In this course, we will approach layering as a powerful method for making technically complex and conceptually nuanced drawings. In weekly projects using a variety of wet and dry media (pencil, watercolor, collage, and others), we will explore the subtleties of color, saturation, and depth achieved through layering multiple media on paper. Students will share their work in weekly “layer” discussions, where they can thoughtfully explore each step, or layer, of their drawings with the group. In these discussions, students will have the opportunity to give and receive feedback, as well as inspire one another in a relaxed and supportive creative community. We will also discuss technical aspects, such as how to sequence or alternate dry and wet media, as well as ways to express conceptual or metaphorical depth through physical layering techniques. Layering is both an additive and a subtractive process, so we will also experiment with excavating, erasing, and eliminating layers to give a sense of weathering, time, and disintegration. There will be demonstrations with step-by-step images, as well as weekly live videoconferencing sessions where students can ask questions, get feedback, and participate in short drawing exercises. Students will have the opportunity to experiment and practice combining, mixing, and layering media and will learn how to use layering as an effective method for creating meaningful and compelling drawings.

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 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.