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ART 12 — Sketchbook Strategies: Incorporating Freehand Drawing into Your Daily Life

Quarter: Fall
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 8 weeks
Date(s): Sep 24—Nov 12
Time: 6:30—9:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Oct 7
Units: 2
Tuition: $515
Instructor(s): Jane Kriss
Limit: 25
6:30—9:00 pm
Sep 24—Nov 12
8 weeks
Drop By
Oct 7
2 Units
Jane Kriss
A sketchbook is a priceless personal record of your life, whether you’re travel sketching, keeping a visual journal, collaging, planning projects, or drawing patterns. This course uses a “choose your own adventure” approach to drawing. It is based on the premise that having a clear picture of your options is a crucial starting point for making creative decisions. Using historical and contemporary examples of informal sketchbook work, we will discuss intention, media, technique, subject matter, and point of view, stopping frequently to experiment, practice in our own sketchbooks, and share our discoveries. We will experiment with a variety of approaches, including observational drawing, documentation, drawing from memory and imagination, and idea generation. Along the way, we will explore perspective, composition, emotion, the concept of “seeing,” critics (both inner and outer), and fearlessness.

Upon completing the course, you will have a finished sketchbook (or two!) documenting, in pictures and words, your explorations, collaborations, and skill development. You will have discovered which approaches best fit your intentions and personality, filled your toolbox with problem-solving strategies, and learned how drawing can enrich your life.

This course is open to beginning as well as experienced artists, and is designed to respond to the needs and partic ular interests of the participants. Students must purchase their own art supplies for this course and can expect to spend an additional $80–$100 on these materials. Plan on drawing for a minimum of two hours per week outside of class time.

Jane Kriss, Artist

Jane Kriss has over thirty years of experience in the visual arts, with a career spanning graphic design, fabric design, fine art, and illustration. She has taught computer graphics to fabric designers and was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2010 and 2012. Her work can be viewed at janekriss.com.

Textbooks for this course:

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