Foundation skills in observation and illusory drawing techniques can be learned or improved upon at any age. Drawing classes at Chemeketa emphasize traditional, classic drawing practices which create the illusion of light, texture, volume, and space on a two dimensional surface. Our students work with graphite, charcoal and other drawing media.
The drawing studio environment supports learning through observation and practice. Equipment includes drawing horses, easels, drawing boards, and an overhead lighting system. The still life collection is bursting with interesting objects to draw such as skulls, plaster casts, household items, and wooden boxes. The studio is open Fridays each term for extra work on in-class assignments. The drawing studio is in Building 3, room 121.
There is a common myth that drawing is a talent that you either have or you don't. In fact, it is a learnable skill and every term in Introduction to Drawing, we teach people how to do it. After applying principles and tools like gesture, measurement, perspective, and value to the still life subjects, students feel confident with any subject matter. Quite often, they are amazed at what they can do by the end of the class.
ART131, Introduction to Drawing 1 Feel confident drawing any subject matter. Explore this "teachable" skill through principles and tools like gesture, measurement, perspective, and value. The class environment offers plenty of one-on-one, virtually tutorial instruction that is caring, encouraging, and respectful of diverse and individual personalities and learning styles. Clear class outcomes are shown in examples of great still life drawings that emphasize excellence. (Pairs well with ART281 Painting)
ART132, Introduction to Drawing 2 Continue to build skills gained in Introduction to Drawing 1. Use more complex arrangements and media. Explore idea generation and alternative approaches for subjective purposes. The frequent evaluations and critiques provide personal and group feedback and guidance.
The figure is a constant subject in art. Whether the goal is to record an event, educate the populace, eternalize a person, or tell a story, the human form has often been depicted to help make sense of our lives and our world.
Figure Drawing at Chemeketa follows traditional instruction been used to train artists for over 350 years. Students work from a model to develop a clear understanding of human anatomy and gesture. The environment is caring, encouraging, and respectful of diverse and individual personalities and learning styles. Examples of Master Drawings emphasize excellence and clear outcomes. The frequent evaluations and critiques provide personal and group feedback and guidance.
ART234 and 235, Figure Drawing 1 and 2 Learn to draw the human figure from a live model through the study of anatomy and drawing techniques. Develop skills in proportion, composition, and dynamic representation. Images of Master and contemporary figures will augment studio practice. Designed for all levels, but Art 131 is required.