Assignment: Expanded Research
Assignment: Expanded Research

Drawing V
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Digital ground and inkjet print on acrylic paint
9 x 6 in.
2016

This project asks students to engage in research beyond the field of visual art. Students are asked to integrate multiple non-art sources into their studio practice.

Assignment: Material Sources
Assignment: Material Sources

Drawing V
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Collage and acrylic transfer on backing board
11 x 8.5 in.
2016

This project asks students to consider the internet and our world of screens in relation to printed and physical source material. Students complete a drawing after experimenting with source materials (collaging, cutting out, rearranging/composing, drawing over, layering, sanding, removing material, etc.). 

Assignment: Tonal Drawing
Assignment: Tonal Drawing

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Graphite on paper
18 x 24 in.
2016

This assignment serves as many students’ first introduction to tonal drawing. Students are asked to arrange and draw four or five fruits or vegetables without the use of line. 

Assignment: Translation
Assignment: Translation

Drawing V
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Xerox transfers on stretched raw canvas
34 x 60 in.
2016

Students are asked to create a drawing that incorporates at least one method for translating information from their surroundings after being introduced to acrylic transfers, large format printing, drawing from a digital projector, charcoal rubbings, stenciling, and stamping. 

Assignment: Chance in Drawing
Assignment: Chance in Drawing

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Charcoal and graphite on paper
24 x 18 in.
2016

Students begin this assignment by exploring their environment and documenting unintentional “drawings.” From this documentation, students create a drawing that mimics the marks left behind by a chance occurrence. In class students explore collaboration by cutting up their chance occurrence drawings and trading with other to students to build an inventory of shapes and images. Students then proceed to bring their drawing together by assembling the varied pieces into an interesting composition.

Assignment: Translation
Assignment: Translation

Drawing V
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Xerox transfers on stretched raw canvas
34 x 60 in.
2016

Students are asked to create a drawing that incorporates at least one method for translating information from their surroundings after being introduced to acrylic transfers, large format printing, drawing from a digital projector, charcoal rubbings, stenciling, and stamping.

Assignment: Tonal Drawing
Assignment: Tonal Drawing

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Graphite on paper
18 x 24 in.
2016

This assignment serves as many students’ first introduction to tonal drawing. Students are asked to arrange and draw four or five fruits or vegetables without the use of line. 

Assignment: Sketchbook (semester long project)
Assignment: Sketchbook (semester long project)

Basic Drawing
University of Iowa
Pigment inkjet print
8 x 10 in.
2012

Students maintain a daily drawing practice over the course of the entire semester. Students are encouraged to scan and digitally rework passages as a way to see relationships between the analogue and digital tools readily available to them.

Assignment: Observation to Abstraction
Assignment: Observation to Abstraction

Thematic Drawing
State University of New York at New Paltz
Graphite, charcoal, and conté crayon on paper
18 x 24 in.
2014

Students are asked to make a series of small, observational drawings of a complicated still life. These small drawings are cropped, blown up, and used, without referring to the still life, as visual material for a larger, mixed media piece.

Assignment: Figure Drawing Part 1: Drawing without a Live Model
Assignment: Figure Drawing Part 1: Drawing without a Live Model

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Conté crayon and charcoal on paper
24 x 18 in.
2016

While students are learning about figure drawing and working from a live model in class, they are tasked with assembling their own models for out-of-class work. These models are constructed out of objects from their immediate environment. This assignment challenges students to think about what constitutes a “figure” and how they can project human presence onto inanimate objects.

Assignment: Final Project - 20 drawings of one object
Assignment: Final Project - 20 drawings of one object

Basic Drawing
University of Iowa
Graphite, ink, and acrylic paint on paper
10 x 8 in.
2012

This project asks students to work with a single object across a series of twenty to forty drawings. Students are expected to experiment with the pace, size, and materials of each drawing and pay close attention to how the content of their drawings changes as they work through the series.

Assignment: Object in Bag & Object out of the Bag
Assignment: Object in Bag & Object out of the Bag

Basic Drawing
University of Iowa
Charcoal on paper
24 x 18 in.
2012

Students are given complicated assemblages in paper bags and asked to draw the bag’s contents without being able to look inside. After this drawing is completed, students then draw the same object outside of its bag.

Assignment: Reductive Self Portrait
Assignment: Reductive Self Portrait

Basic Drawing
University of Iowa
Charcoal on paper
30 x 22 in.
2012

Students begin this assignment by covering an entire sheet of paper with charcoal and then work reductively to achieve a large, tonal self portrait drawing.

Assignment: Negative Space
Assignment: Negative Space

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
India ink on paper
24 x 18 in.
2016

Students are asked to make a still life drawing of three to five objects observed from life that emphasizes the negative space. When choosing their objects and composing their still life, students are asked to look for objects that have interesting shapes and that contain negative spaces within them, or shapes that can be manipulated to create negative spaces.

Assignment: Framed Space
Assignment: Framed Space

Basic Drawing
University of Iowa
Charcoal and graphite on paper
24 x 18 in.
2010

Students are asked to describe the classroom and all of its contents in quick, thumbnail sketches framed by geometric shapes. These thumbnail sketches are combined and blown up to make a large scale, aerial view abstraction. 

Assignment: Peer Assignment
Assignment: Peer Assignment

Thematic Drawing (Intermediate Drawing)
State University of New York at New Paltz
Charcoal and conté crayon on paper
24 x 18 in.
2014

Students are paired up and asked to write assignments for each other based on the work that each student had made in the first half of the semester.

Assignment: Sketchbook (semester long project)
Assignment: Sketchbook (semester long project)

Basic Drawing
University of Iowa
Graphite, charcoal, and acrylic paint on paper
12 x 16 in.
2012

Students maintain a daily drawing practice over the course of the entire semester. On occasion students will temporarily swap sketchbooks and spend a few weeks collaborating.

Assignment: Figure Drawing Part 2: Drawing the Figure Concealed and Revealed Observational Drawing
Assignment: Figure Drawing Part 2: Drawing the Figure Concealed and Revealed Observational Drawing

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Charcoal and graphite on paper
24 x 18 in.
2016

Students are asked to continue exploring the figure outside of class with the help of a friend or classmate. First students draw their model concealed by a fabric garment, giving particular attention to the folds of fabric as they wrap around the figure and abstractly describe the human form. Next students draw their model revealed, following the removal of the fabric garment. Finally the garment is put back on the model and the drawing is redefined. The second and third stages of the drawing are superimposed over the first, encouraging students to embrace chance occurrences. Students are asked to interpret the meeting and overlapping of these two related human forms and to think of drawing as a layered process.

Assignment: Expanded Research
Assignment: Expanded Research

Drawing V
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Oil on canvas
75 x 54 in.
2016

This project asks students to engage in research beyond the field of visual art. Students are asked to integrate multiple non-art sources into their studio practice.

Assignment: Tonal Drawing
Assignment: Tonal Drawing

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Charcoal on paper
18 x 24 in.
2016

This assignment serves as many students’ first introduction to tonal drawing. Students are asked to arrange and draw four or five fruits or vegetables without the use of line. This particular student was interested in exploring charcoal as a material and, more specifically, charcoal’s potential to be both descriptive and expressive. 

Assignment: Expanded Research
Assignment: Material Sources
Assignment: Tonal Drawing
Assignment: Translation
Assignment: Chance in Drawing
Assignment: Translation
Assignment: Tonal Drawing
Assignment: Sketchbook (semester long project)
Assignment: Observation to Abstraction
Assignment: Figure Drawing Part 1: Drawing without a Live Model
Assignment: Final Project - 20 drawings of one object
Assignment: Object in Bag & Object out of the Bag
Assignment: Reductive Self Portrait
Assignment: Negative Space
Assignment: Framed Space
Assignment: Peer Assignment
Assignment: Sketchbook (semester long project)
Assignment: Figure Drawing Part 2: Drawing the Figure Concealed and Revealed Observational Drawing
Assignment: Expanded Research
Assignment: Tonal Drawing
Assignment: Expanded Research

Drawing V
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Digital ground and inkjet print on acrylic paint
9 x 6 in.
2016

This project asks students to engage in research beyond the field of visual art. Students are asked to integrate multiple non-art sources into their studio practice.

Assignment: Material Sources

Drawing V
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Collage and acrylic transfer on backing board
11 x 8.5 in.
2016

This project asks students to consider the internet and our world of screens in relation to printed and physical source material. Students complete a drawing after experimenting with source materials (collaging, cutting out, rearranging/composing, drawing over, layering, sanding, removing material, etc.). 

Assignment: Tonal Drawing

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Graphite on paper
18 x 24 in.
2016

This assignment serves as many students’ first introduction to tonal drawing. Students are asked to arrange and draw four or five fruits or vegetables without the use of line. 

Assignment: Translation

Drawing V
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Xerox transfers on stretched raw canvas
34 x 60 in.
2016

Students are asked to create a drawing that incorporates at least one method for translating information from their surroundings after being introduced to acrylic transfers, large format printing, drawing from a digital projector, charcoal rubbings, stenciling, and stamping. 

Assignment: Chance in Drawing

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Charcoal and graphite on paper
24 x 18 in.
2016

Students begin this assignment by exploring their environment and documenting unintentional “drawings.” From this documentation, students create a drawing that mimics the marks left behind by a chance occurrence. In class students explore collaboration by cutting up their chance occurrence drawings and trading with other to students to build an inventory of shapes and images. Students then proceed to bring their drawing together by assembling the varied pieces into an interesting composition.

Assignment: Translation

Drawing V
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Xerox transfers on stretched raw canvas
34 x 60 in.
2016

Students are asked to create a drawing that incorporates at least one method for translating information from their surroundings after being introduced to acrylic transfers, large format printing, drawing from a digital projector, charcoal rubbings, stenciling, and stamping.

Assignment: Tonal Drawing

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Graphite on paper
18 x 24 in.
2016

This assignment serves as many students’ first introduction to tonal drawing. Students are asked to arrange and draw four or five fruits or vegetables without the use of line. 

Assignment: Sketchbook (semester long project)

Basic Drawing
University of Iowa
Pigment inkjet print
8 x 10 in.
2012

Students maintain a daily drawing practice over the course of the entire semester. Students are encouraged to scan and digitally rework passages as a way to see relationships between the analogue and digital tools readily available to them.

Assignment: Observation to Abstraction

Thematic Drawing
State University of New York at New Paltz
Graphite, charcoal, and conté crayon on paper
18 x 24 in.
2014

Students are asked to make a series of small, observational drawings of a complicated still life. These small drawings are cropped, blown up, and used, without referring to the still life, as visual material for a larger, mixed media piece.

Assignment: Figure Drawing Part 1: Drawing without a Live Model

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Conté crayon and charcoal on paper
24 x 18 in.
2016

While students are learning about figure drawing and working from a live model in class, they are tasked with assembling their own models for out-of-class work. These models are constructed out of objects from their immediate environment. This assignment challenges students to think about what constitutes a “figure” and how they can project human presence onto inanimate objects.

Assignment: Final Project - 20 drawings of one object

Basic Drawing
University of Iowa
Graphite, ink, and acrylic paint on paper
10 x 8 in.
2012

This project asks students to work with a single object across a series of twenty to forty drawings. Students are expected to experiment with the pace, size, and materials of each drawing and pay close attention to how the content of their drawings changes as they work through the series.

Assignment: Object in Bag & Object out of the Bag

Basic Drawing
University of Iowa
Charcoal on paper
24 x 18 in.
2012

Students are given complicated assemblages in paper bags and asked to draw the bag’s contents without being able to look inside. After this drawing is completed, students then draw the same object outside of its bag.

Assignment: Reductive Self Portrait

Basic Drawing
University of Iowa
Charcoal on paper
30 x 22 in.
2012

Students begin this assignment by covering an entire sheet of paper with charcoal and then work reductively to achieve a large, tonal self portrait drawing.

Assignment: Negative Space

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
India ink on paper
24 x 18 in.
2016

Students are asked to make a still life drawing of three to five objects observed from life that emphasizes the negative space. When choosing their objects and composing their still life, students are asked to look for objects that have interesting shapes and that contain negative spaces within them, or shapes that can be manipulated to create negative spaces.

Assignment: Framed Space

Basic Drawing
University of Iowa
Charcoal and graphite on paper
24 x 18 in.
2010

Students are asked to describe the classroom and all of its contents in quick, thumbnail sketches framed by geometric shapes. These thumbnail sketches are combined and blown up to make a large scale, aerial view abstraction. 

Assignment: Peer Assignment

Thematic Drawing (Intermediate Drawing)
State University of New York at New Paltz
Charcoal and conté crayon on paper
24 x 18 in.
2014

Students are paired up and asked to write assignments for each other based on the work that each student had made in the first half of the semester.

Assignment: Sketchbook (semester long project)

Basic Drawing
University of Iowa
Graphite, charcoal, and acrylic paint on paper
12 x 16 in.
2012

Students maintain a daily drawing practice over the course of the entire semester. On occasion students will temporarily swap sketchbooks and spend a few weeks collaborating.

Assignment: Figure Drawing Part 2: Drawing the Figure Concealed and Revealed Observational Drawing

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Charcoal and graphite on paper
24 x 18 in.
2016

Students are asked to continue exploring the figure outside of class with the help of a friend or classmate. First students draw their model concealed by a fabric garment, giving particular attention to the folds of fabric as they wrap around the figure and abstractly describe the human form. Next students draw their model revealed, following the removal of the fabric garment. Finally the garment is put back on the model and the drawing is redefined. The second and third stages of the drawing are superimposed over the first, encouraging students to embrace chance occurrences. Students are asked to interpret the meeting and overlapping of these two related human forms and to think of drawing as a layered process.

Assignment: Expanded Research

Drawing V
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Oil on canvas
75 x 54 in.
2016

This project asks students to engage in research beyond the field of visual art. Students are asked to integrate multiple non-art sources into their studio practice.

Assignment: Tonal Drawing

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Charcoal on paper
18 x 24 in.
2016

This assignment serves as many students’ first introduction to tonal drawing. Students are asked to arrange and draw four or five fruits or vegetables without the use of line. This particular student was interested in exploring charcoal as a material and, more specifically, charcoal’s potential to be both descriptive and expressive. 

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