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Drawing (ASDR)

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ASDR 1300: Introduction to Drawing
Drawing from life, objects, and concepts. Work in class is supplemented by outside assignments and readings. Emphasis placed on space, materials, analysis of form, and critical judgment.

ASDR 1310: Drawing in Italy
This course introduces students to plein air drawing of the ruins, monuments, and landscape of central Italy, with an emphasis on development of light, space, and compositional structure. Offered at SMU-in-Italy.

ASDR 3300: Drawing: Intermediate Level
Studio and outside work in drawing. The immediacy of the tools of drawing are used to develop a discipline of visual adventure wherein the subject is the individual’s sense of the world’s presence in the absence of preconceived cultural prejudices. The course requires an intense commitment of effort that will further develop the student’s vision and individual approach to drawing. Prerequisite: ASDR 2300. Prerequisite: ASDR 1300.

ASDR 3305, 5305: Drawing as Concept and Performance (fall only)
This course begins with the premise that the contemporary artist conceives of drawing as an expanded field of expressive and conceptual possibilities. Drawing understood as concept or performance is neither solely preparatory nor descriptive. Rather, drawing is constructed using a variety of means, including imaginative systems of notation, graphic conventions drawn from visual culture at large, and scripted physical actions. Prerequisite: ASAG 1300 or ASDR 1300.

ASDR 3320: The Artist's Book (spring only)
A course for creating artworks based on the form of the book. Considers the relationships among materiality, time, and an extended field of image making. Students are encouraged to utilize constructed and found materials in their exploration of concepts and processes central to contemporary book works, including sequence, repetition, and viewer participation; the embodiment of ideas through the book; book as tool and as art object; and the variety of formats clustered around the scroll and the codex. Prerequisite: ASAG 1300 or ASDR 1300.

ASDR 3330: The Mirroring Line - Interdisciplinary Mark Making
Interdisciplinary mark making (be it movement, sculpture, sound, drawing, or text) enables research on what might be termed the “mirroring line.” By locating and engaging a series of borders (legal, social, physical, psychic, sonic, environmental, theoretical, and imaginary) that striate Dallas, its environs, and the multiple communities that intersect within the city, students expand the concepts of what it means to make a line (using graphite, blood, router, string, etc.) and of the kinds of substrate that take a line (be it paper, street, water, or human beings).

ASDR 5100, 5200, 5302: Directed Studies in Drawing
Students may take one course per term only. Prerequisite: ASDR 3300.

ASDR 5300: Advanced Drawing
Drawing at the senior level exemplifying independent development in drawing. Prerequisite: ASDR 3300.

ASDR 5303: Directed Studies in Italy - Advanced Students
Offers seniorlevel development in drawing and individual responses to the ruins, monuments, and landscape of Italy, which are themselves the subjects of many masterpieces encountered in churches, museums, and archaeological sites. Students are allowed the freedom to explore formal issues and expressive means in response to these subjects, producing a visual record of their perceptions and thoughts in representational, abstract, or conceptual modes. Critiques allow students to demonstrate skills in formal analysis and interpretation. Enrollment is limitedPrerequisite: ASDR 3300.

ASDR 5305: Drawing as Concept and Performance
This course begins with the premise that the contemporary artist conceives of drawing as an expanded field of expressive and conceptual possibilities. Drawing understood as concept or performance is neither solely preparatory nor descriptive. Rather, drawing is constructed using a variety of means, including imaginative systems of notation, graphic conventions drawn from visual culture at large, and scripted physical actions.Prerequisite: ASDR 3305

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