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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

US 281 Drawing Connections: The History and Practice of Drawing

This seminar explores connections between the history and studio practice of drawing in the Western tradition. Students will examine the historical development of perspectival systems, nature drawing, the role of under drawings and sketches, changes in techniques and materials, and developments in paper conservation. They will then investigate these concepts more profoundly through the exploration of technique in the studio. Visits to drawing collections at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and National Gallery of Art will allow students to analyze relevant concepts in the work of draftsmen, such as Leonardo, Raphael, Rembrandt, and others. The course will begin with the development of drawing practice from the fifteenth through seventeenth centuries, and will continue to a discussion of modern works. As an integrated learning experience, the course structure will allow students the unique opportunity to gain practical experience in the historical techniques learned in lecture, giving them a broader perspective in the development of the discipline.