Amy M Lambert
Examines major socio-economic and political themes in the Middle East from colonialism to the present. Topics may include: emergence of republics/monarchies, gender and patriarch in the Middle East, Arab Nationalism, Palestinian-Israeli conflict, politics of oil, and political Islam.
SPRING 2009 DRAWING FROM LIFE
This is a hands-on drawing workshop examining concepts of movement and memory. Drawing projects will emphasize traditional drawing principles such as mark-making, line, graph, and pulse. We will explore contemporary forms of drawing beyond basic two dimensional forms to include mixed media, digital photography and installation art. Projects will include rendering from life, memory and imagination. We will explore how drawing can be integrated across disciplines and effectively synthesize diverse subject matter. For example, through reading, writing and discussion we will examine how communities (human, plant and animal communities) move through their environments. In particular, we will look at how and why organisms disperse and how collective memory (psychological or genetic memory) influences concepts of diaspora and/or migratory patterns. We will create drawings that address these subjects using metaphor, themes, symbols or abstractions. Finally, we will analyze, critique and interpret drawings. We will look at a wide variety of contemporary artists including drawings by William Kentridge, Shahzia Sikander, Newton and Helen Harrison and Patricia Johanson.
Student learning goals
Develop visual literacy skills to critically assess the characteristics and context of contemporary drawing
Review and compare different approaches to contemporary drawing including non-traditional tools and materials
Study and develop an appreciation of contemporary drawing by evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols and ideas including the relationship of artworks to ecology and culture
Develop language and writing skills to effectively communicate about contemporary art
Understand, select and apply media that are appropriate for ideas you want to express in your artwork
General method of instruction
Course material will be presented through lectures, discussions and readings. Hands-on art instruction will also be provide for in-class assignments. Field trips to local galleries and/or museums may be required.
Prior coursework in visual art or art history can be useful but is not required. Recommend that you have an interest in drawing and contemporary art.
Class assignments and grading