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Course #:

3 credits
Location:
Course Instructor: Amanda Lechner
Contact: amandalechner@hotmail.com
Office hours:

Course Proposal:

Perceptual Drawing
This course presents a multi-faceted approach to observation
and observational interpretation. The class will begin the
semester with straight forward short term exercises in life
drawing from the interior, landscape and figure. As the course
evolves drawing projects become more complex in approach
and subject. Students will breakdown structures they use to look
and describe then build up new methods to incorporate into
drawing. Individual attention will be given to each student to
improve their approach to observation.

Students are required to keep a small sketchbook for notes, schematics and sketches.

Projects:

Sets 2 weeks/4 sessions


Drawing from simple and complex still life set-ups in the short and long term with a variety of drawing
materials. One-on-one discussions and instruction short weekly crits of drawings.

Scapes 2 weeks/4 sessions


Travel as a group for off-site observation in urban and pastoral settings. Use a variety of drawing media to
describe the landscape. One-on-one discussions and instruction short weekly crits of drawings.

Bodies 2 weeks/4 sessions


Draw from the human figure using approaches from gesture to structural analysis to value study. Short
and longer term drawing. One-on-one discussions and instruction short weekly crits of drawings.

Mid-term 1 week/2 sessions


Quarter will resolve with a long term large scale figured still life. Materials and methods open. Group
Discussions.

Incarnations: a 3 part project in observation and representation. 2 weeks/4 sessions


Part 1: create a set-up and draw from it using 5 different approaches.
Part 2: Make a 3 dimensional representation of 1 of the 5 drawings.
Part 3: make several observational drawings from this model.
Group Discussions.

BIG DRAW 2 1/2 weeks/5 sessions


Group will collaborate to create a dynamic large scale still-life installation with provided and found
materials (lumber, fabric, string, wire, etc) for small and large scale extended drawings.

AMANDA LECHNER 304 Meserole Street, unit 2D, Brooklyn, NY 11206 Ph# 401-575-3192
amandalechner@hotmail.com
Final Project - Personal Perception 2 1/2 weeks/5 sessions
Self proposed perceptual drawing project. Subject, concept, materials at student discretion. Scale is open
but must be personally ambitious to each student.
Written proposals and propositional drawings must be approved by professor.
Final Discussion - Group Crit

Required Materials:
Graphite sticks and pencils
Ink and other tonal wet media
Brushes, Charcoal
Large pad of Paper-Cheap
Large pad of Paper-Nicer
XL piece of thick paper for extended drawing
Container to transport supplies
Other tonal dry media

All materials must abide by the list of permissible materials that will be discussed in class.

Grading Policy: In Class Participation 35%


Studio Projects 45%
Final Project 20%

A 90-100% Student is exemplary, demonstrates full class participation, focus, exceeds


assignments, thoroughly grasps skills and concepts
B 80-89% Participates in class, fulfills assignments, grasps skills and concepts
C 70-79% mediocre participation and assignment completion
D 60-69% Unsatisfactory participation and assignment completion, hardly grasps skill and
idea.
F 00-59% **Fail** student lacks self discipline, does not even try to participate or try to
grasp assignments, skills or

AMANDA LECHNER 304 Meserole Street, unit 2D, Brooklyn, NY 11206 Ph# 401-575-3192
amandalechner@hotmail.com