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Drawing Studio - On Campus

This course focuses on drawing as an exciting tool for organizing thoughts, feelings, and images. Students develop and strengthen fundamental skills, as well as investigate a range of traditional and contemporary drawing materials and concepts, exploring essential elements of 2D design and contemporary art. Through the study of line, perspective, tone, proportion, composition, value, gesture, and contour, students experiment with a number of wet and dry media such as charcoal, graphite, ink, and water-based paints. Visits to the Art Institute of Chicago and discussion of practicing artists supplement the studio experience (virtual tours of the museum are featured if online). This course is recommended for both beginners and those wanting to improve and develop their current skills and ideas. Note: In-person Figure Drawing, Figure Painting, Painting, and Drawing courses may use nude models hired by the School. Other classes may use them to a lesser degree.



Cecilia Beaven is a Mexican artist currently based in Chicago. She has an MFA in Painting and Drawing from SAIC and was a Fulbright fellow during her graduate studies. Beaven is interested in mythology and ethnography as mutating narratives through which we approach reality. She works in painting, drawing, animation and film, with a particular fascination for big scale projects. Her artwork has been shown in group exhibitions and art fairs internationally. She has done murals in several cities in Mexico, the US, France and Japan, including a commissioned mural on the border wall between Mexico and the US in Tijuana. Beaven has had solo shows in Mexico City, Houston and Chicago.

"Cecilia is an excellent instructor; she has a vast knowledge of artists and her own work is so inspiring as well. She selected very interesting artists to study/lecture on and was most helpful with one on one guidance." -Student of Cecilia Beaven

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Hand drawing with charcoal
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Class meeting time 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Class meeting days Saturday
Building and room 280 Room 318
Course number 2347
Course instructor Cecilia Beaven