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SEEING the Art Institute of Chicago: The Collection as Inspiration

This course is about learning to see using the wonders of the Art Institute of Chicago as subject and the activity of drawing as the tool to learn to see. Each day will explore a new perspective - the figure, composition, perspective, and gesture. Class sessions will begin with a demonstration and discussion of one approach to drawing after which the class will visit the Art Institute of Chicago online and look carefully at specific works that relate to the theme. Morning drawing sessions will be directed. In the afternoons, students will work independently and develop their drawings or find a new subject in the museum's collection to which they can apply principles introduced earlier in the day. Class sessions will conclude as a group to share drawings and report on the experience. The instructor will support students individually and in small groups as they work. Previous drawing experience is beneficial.

Note: This online course is offered in a one-week intensive format. Live sessions daily will be combined with independent work time. The Canvas learning management system and Zoom video conferencing platform will be used to access course content and communicate with the instructor and peers.

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Class meeting time 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CDT
Class meeting days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Building and room Online
Course number 1168
Course instructor Nancy Murphy Spicer