Assignment: Senior Thesis Project
Assignment: Senior Thesis Project

Painting and Drawing Studio IV (Painting VI - Senior Thesis)
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
acrylic, charcoal, marker, and pigment print on paper
dimensions variable
2017

The Senior Thesis project marks the conclusion of a four-semester
advanced studio and seminar sequence for students pursuing the
BFA in Painting and Drawing. This student’s thesis work explores the
history of self-portraiture, the selfie and social media, and the use of
cropping as form of distortion and abstraction.

Assignment: Sculpture as Origin I: Introduction to Tonal Drawing
Assignment: Sculpture as Origin I: Introduction to Tonal Drawing

Drawing I
North Central College
Charcoal on paper
24 x 18 in.
2017

This assignment serves as many students’ first introduction to tonal drawing. Students are asked to “sketch” with three-dimensional material and then draw the resulting sculpture. Drawing history and contemporary drawing practices are discussed.

Assignment: 45 Paintings
Assignment: 45 Paintings

Painting I
North Central College
Acrylic on illustration board
5 x 4 in. each
2017

This assignment serves as an exploration in and first exposure to acrylic painting and color mixing. Students are asked to try different tools, techniques, and applications of paint while also working with a wide range of imagery.

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: Senior Thesis Project
Assignment: Senior Thesis Project

Painting and Drawing Studio IV (Painting VI - Senior Thesis)
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Hand-painted rice, altered found objects, and shelves
dimensions variable
2017

The Senior Thesis project marks the conclusion of a four-semester advanced studio and seminar sequence for students pursuing the BFA in Painting and Drawing. This student’s thesis work explores language, culture, and identity as it relates to being an Asian-American woman in the United States.

Assignment: Construction I: Introduction to Indirect Painting
Assignment: Construction I: Introduction to Indirect Painting

Painting I
North Central College
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in.
2017

This assignment serves as many students’ first introduction to canvas stretching and working with indirect painting techniques. Students “sketch” with three-dimensional material and then paint the resulting sculpture using layers of transparent paint.

Assignment: Interior/Exterior Space Study
Assignment: Interior/Exterior Space Study

Drawing I
North Central College
Graphite and ink on paper
18 x 24 in.
2017

This assignment requires students to focus on both an interior and exterior space while making use of two point perspective and sighting and measuring techniques. Students are encouraged, for the sake of economy, to simplify the great amount of visual information within the observed picture plane.

Assignment: Indirect Self Portrait
Assignment: Indirect Self Portrait

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
India ink, charcoal, and graphite on paper
60 x 50 in.
2016

Students are asked to make a series of six to ten drawings that, when viewed together as one work, creates an indirect self portrait. This project challenges students to go beyond the conventional notion of a self-portrait, considering the relationship between individual drawings and the series as a whole. Students are also asked to make deliberate decisions in regards to media, support, and process, and to think about how those choices have the potential to hold and communicate meaning.

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: 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: Construction II: Introduction to Direct Painting
Assignment: Construction II: Introduction to Direct Painting

Painting I
North Central College
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in.
2017

For the direct painting assignment, students are asked to "sketch" with three-dimensional material. The resulting sculpture is then used as a still life object and students explore impasto painting and working wet-into-wet.

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: 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: 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: 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
8 x 10 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: 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: 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: Diptych
Assignment: Diptych

Expanded Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
India ink and graphite on paper
24 x 36 in.
2017

In this assignment, students are asked to consider how context creates meaning and how subject matter begins to intermingle when objects are placed in proximity, allowing the artist and viewer to develop connotations, interpretation, and intention. Students are also asked to consider not just what is drawn but also how it is drawn. 

Beginning from observation, students create a drawing of objects of their choosing. After making this first drawing, students create a second drawing that influences the meaning of the first.

 

Assignment: Senior Thesis Project
Assignment: Sculpture as Origin I: Introduction to Tonal Drawing
Assignment: 45 Paintings
Assignment: Translation
Assignment: Senior Thesis Project
Assignment: Construction I: Introduction to Indirect Painting
Assignment: Interior/Exterior Space Study
Assignment: Indirect Self Portrait
Assignment: Expanded Research
Assignment: Negative Space
Assignment: Construction II: Introduction to Direct Painting
Assignment: Tonal Drawing
Assignment: Reductive Self Portrait
Assignment: Chance in Drawing
Assignment: Figure Drawing Part 1: Drawing without a Live Model
Assignment: Final Project - 20 drawings of one object
Assignment: Material Sources
Assignment: Sketchbook (semester long project)
Assignment: Figure Drawing Part 2: Drawing the Figure Concealed and Revealed Observational Drawing
Assignment: Diptych
Assignment: Senior Thesis Project

Painting and Drawing Studio IV (Painting VI - Senior Thesis)
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
acrylic, charcoal, marker, and pigment print on paper
dimensions variable
2017

The Senior Thesis project marks the conclusion of a four-semester
advanced studio and seminar sequence for students pursuing the
BFA in Painting and Drawing. This student’s thesis work explores the
history of self-portraiture, the selfie and social media, and the use of
cropping as form of distortion and abstraction.

Assignment: Sculpture as Origin I: Introduction to Tonal Drawing

Drawing I
North Central College
Charcoal on paper
24 x 18 in.
2017

This assignment serves as many students’ first introduction to tonal drawing. Students are asked to “sketch” with three-dimensional material and then draw the resulting sculpture. Drawing history and contemporary drawing practices are discussed.

Assignment: 45 Paintings

Painting I
North Central College
Acrylic on illustration board
5 x 4 in. each
2017

This assignment serves as an exploration in and first exposure to acrylic painting and color mixing. Students are asked to try different tools, techniques, and applications of paint while also working with a wide range of imagery.

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: Senior Thesis Project

Painting and Drawing Studio IV (Painting VI - Senior Thesis)
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Hand-painted rice, altered found objects, and shelves
dimensions variable
2017

The Senior Thesis project marks the conclusion of a four-semester advanced studio and seminar sequence for students pursuing the BFA in Painting and Drawing. This student’s thesis work explores language, culture, and identity as it relates to being an Asian-American woman in the United States.

Assignment: Construction I: Introduction to Indirect Painting

Painting I
North Central College
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 in.
2017

This assignment serves as many students’ first introduction to canvas stretching and working with indirect painting techniques. Students “sketch” with three-dimensional material and then paint the resulting sculpture using layers of transparent paint.

Assignment: Interior/Exterior Space Study

Drawing I
North Central College
Graphite and ink on paper
18 x 24 in.
2017

This assignment requires students to focus on both an interior and exterior space while making use of two point perspective and sighting and measuring techniques. Students are encouraged, for the sake of economy, to simplify the great amount of visual information within the observed picture plane.

Assignment: Indirect Self Portrait

Observational Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
India ink, charcoal, and graphite on paper
60 x 50 in.
2016

Students are asked to make a series of six to ten drawings that, when viewed together as one work, creates an indirect self portrait. This project challenges students to go beyond the conventional notion of a self-portrait, considering the relationship between individual drawings and the series as a whole. Students are also asked to make deliberate decisions in regards to media, support, and process, and to think about how those choices have the potential to hold and communicate meaning.

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: 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: Construction II: Introduction to Direct Painting

Painting I
North Central College
Acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 in.
2017

For the direct painting assignment, students are asked to "sketch" with three-dimensional material. The resulting sculpture is then used as a still life object and students explore impasto painting and working wet-into-wet.

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: 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: 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: 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
8 x 10 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: 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: 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: Diptych

Expanded Drawing
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
India ink and graphite on paper
24 x 36 in.
2017

In this assignment, students are asked to consider how context creates meaning and how subject matter begins to intermingle when objects are placed in proximity, allowing the artist and viewer to develop connotations, interpretation, and intention. Students are also asked to consider not just what is drawn but also how it is drawn. 

Beginning from observation, students create a drawing of objects of their choosing. After making this first drawing, students create a second drawing that influences the meaning of the first.

 

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