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The Drawing area is where most students are exposed to their first studio art experience at the College of Charleston--beginning with the Drawing I course. This course is offered to all students with, or without, any previous art making experience and serves as the pre-requisite for all other studio art courses except Sculpture I. Every semester, a total of 18 drawing courses are offered, including Drawing I through IV.

The main objective of the drawing area is to introduce, teach and then build on basic drawing literacy. This involves students learning how to: identify and put into practice the essential 2-d formal elements and concepts; utilize fundamental and advanced drawing techniques and materials; and draw accurately from life, using subjects such as the landscape, the portrait and the human figure. Introducing students to the history and evolution of drawing as a separate and unique medium is also a fundamental component of the drawing curriculum. The upper level drawing courses are designed to strengthen and expand on the student’s prior experience with the discipline by incorporating more advanced formal and conceptually themed problems and more challenging media and formats.

After a student has completed Drawing courses I through IV, he or she may choose to work independently on an original drawing project with the approval and mentorship of a full-time faculty member. Recent independent study projects have included an illustrated children’s book, an animated video and a graphic novella. In the spring of 2009, nine students enrolled in independent study projects converted one of the drawing classrooms into a gallery where they displayed their final projects of the semester and held an opening reception. In addition, during the Maymester, special topics in drawing are offered. Two recent course sections were “Life-sized Life Drawing” and “Process and Presentation in NYC”, which involved a two-week trip to New York City.

The drawing area features two large, high-ceilinged classrooms that are accessible after hours, individual studio spaces for students enrolled in independent studies in drawing and opportunities for student exhibitions. Every professor who teaches in the Drawing area uses drawing as a primary medium in his or her individual artwork.