Core Questions

Week 1
1. What is a drawing?
2. Why is it useful to learn to draw “realistically”?

Week 2
3. Why are some things considered difficult to draw and other things easy?
4. Do you think it is easier to draw from life, memory or imagination? Why?

Week 3
5. What is the difference between “realistic” drawing and “representational” drawing?
6. What is an “abstract” drawing?

Week 4
7. What is a body?
8. What is gender? How does gender affect representations of the body?

Week 5
9. What is a critique? How can a critique be useful?
10. What is the function of art critics?

Week 6
11. What is your favorite color? Why? Colors have symbolic meanings. White is the color of purity. Brides wear white in many countries, because white symbolizes a virgin. White means kindness. Write your symbolic impressions of 12 colors, include each of the colors in your pastel box.
12. What is a texture? What is the difference between tactile and visual textures?

Week 7
13. What is linear perspective? What artist developed linear perspective?
14. What is the difference between real space and represented space? Is pictorial space “perceived” as real space?

Week 8
15. How have machines (medical machines, robotics, computers) altered our perception of our bodies?
16. How have contemporary artists chosen to express these new representations of the human form?

Week 9
17. How is a drawing different from a photograph? How have imaging devices, like cameras and computers, impacted drawing?
18. Can you tell when a drawing is made from a photograph? How?

Week 10
19. What is typography? Who is typography for?
20. Why does typography matter? What is good typography?

Week 11
21. Is surrealism useful for artists in 2013? Why or why not?
22. What is the difference, in your opinion, between plagiarism and sampling/appropriation? Is knowing who created a work of art and why important information to have as a viewer?