Mapping has a central place in contemporary art as well as a universal graphic appeal and fascination. Maps conjure up journeys and unexplored places. In this course students will use maps, journals, and landscape as inspiration for drawings, paintings, and mixed media work. Conceptual projects may include mapping migrations, climate change, the sky, war and conflict as well as mapping personal space: daily life, apartments, and bodies. In creating personal geographies students will use words, journals and literature in a metaphoric approach to mapping. Class sessions will center on the effective use of collage, water-based paint, and drawing materials such as marker, graphite and ink. Class discussions, critiques, visual presentations and gallery/museum visits will be integral to the course. Experimentation with new, different, and combinations of media will help develop students' personal imagery. We will also visit relevant gallery and museum exhibitions in the area. Level: all levels (beginner to advanced).
Any materials necessary for the first class meeting will be communicated to enrolled students by the instructor in advance. Otherwise, materials and supplies will be covered in the first class meeting.