“I took my Foundation Drawing I students to draw in the new exhibition area so that we could deal with an exciting and complex space,” says Prof. Pierce.
An emphasis of Foundation I Drawing class is on the principles of drawing from direct observation.
“The students were thinking about space through the concept of linear perspective using a horizon line and vanishing points,” said Prof. Pierce.
“It was both a fun and challenging project because the space allowed for dealing with both the inside and the outside of the building,” says Prof. Pierce.
“The space was built for this type of adaptability and use. One day there are students on the floor drawing and the next day there’s a fashion extravaganza!” – Austin Thomas, Exhibitions Manager for the School of Art and Design”
” I encouraged students to employ the concepts they had learned so far to better understand the relationships among the things they were observing–sight measuring, comparing scale relationships, extension or sighting lines.” – Prof. Pierce
Students returned to their drawings for two more sessions.
“They were also asked to expand the drawing by adding more paper and to deal with more of a panoramic view,” she said.
The students “came across some surprising and eye-opening problems to work out,” said Prof. Pierce.
“To draw, to look and be seen! Students and passersby make it their own space. It’s a very ‘activated’ environment,” says Ms. Thomas.
The next exhibit in the Gallery space, “The Future is Inclusive,” is about imagination and positive social change. It opens February 13, 2019.
Photos: Rachel Ellner