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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 something new - 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 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.

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Seeing the Art Institute
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Class meeting time 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Class meeting days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Building and room 280-306
Course number 1208
Course instructor Amanda Calobrisi