Studio Art Portfolio: Drawing from Observation
Age: Rising 8th Graders and Older
Dates: JULY 12 - 26, 2020
Maximum Capacity: 14 STUDENTS
This instructive and intensive drawing course will introduce students to the fundamentals of observational drawing. Using still life, interior spaces, landscape and the figure, students will learn how to create the illusion of depth, manipulate perspective, and develop value contrast and volume through the use of graphite, charcoal, pastel and ink. Students will be taught techniques such as blind contour, construction drawing, hatching and cross-hatching, and expressive mark making. Artist studio, gallery and museum trips to Yale University Art Gallery, Williams and Vassar colleges will provide students the opportunity to study the work of contemporary working artists and the masters. The newly renovated Cullman Art Center and idyllic setting of our campus will inspire students to assemble a strong portfolio of dynamic drawings. This foundational course will culminate in a program wide presentation and a digital portfolio for submission to secondary schools.
Instructor in Visual Arts
Colleen McGuire, a professional landscape painter and a native of Canada, joined the Hotchkiss team in the fall of 2019. She holds an M.F.A. from Western CT State University, where she currently teaches foundation studies in art, and a B.F.A. from SUNY Purchase, NY. She has lived in Sharon, CT, for over twenty years with her husband, Paul and four daughters.