Drawing: Material, Process, and Concept with Roy Tomlinson
Time: 10am-4pm, Saturday-Sunday
Location: Portland Studio
Teacher: Roy Tomlinson
This two-day intensive will investigate drawing as a vehicle to develop and explore visual situations that cannot be entirely preconceived or controlled. Moving outside the traditional still life, landscape, or model as a subject, we will examine working processes and ideas from which an altogether new vocabulary of images may evolve.
During this course, we will use charcoal as our medium - the most elemental mark-making material. The simple act of drawing a burnt piece of wood across a sheet of paper immediately records physical and conceptual activity (think of "drawing" as "to drag or pull"). By engaging in sustained working processes, this drawing residue interacts with both earlier and subsequent recordings, creating a complex fusion of data that cannot be foreseen. Yet, this simple work can push hard against our conditioning - what we view as right and wrong, good and bad. It may very well challenge our desire to control and dictate, but it can also open up vast opportunities. We will explore making drawings that utilize these ideas as a foundation of working, allowing us to interact with and develop new and unfamiliar situations. The formal elements of pictorial construction - value, composition, edge control, space activation, etc., will also be emphasized as critical tools for activating these environments and further realizing expressive content.
The class objective is to expand on material, technical and formal knowledge while investigating the interconnection of concept and making. So, how can we work to develop a more dynamic connection to both material and idea? How do we set up methods of exploration that create new and unforeseen information and opportunities? And, how do we then respond technically and formally to these situations to inform and further develop personal content? These questions will be central to our work over this two-day intensive.
Our time together will include presentations to introduce new ideas and help narrow objectives. Participants will receive individual feedback during the class periods and engage in group discussions about the work we are creating.
No previous experience necessary. Open to all adults 16 & up.
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