Art class turns ideas into creations
By Sarah Barney
Tucked away in one of the Gannon Building’s art studios, 12 students meet every Monday and Wednesday for their Drawing II class.
The class, led by Professor Susan Hardie, focuses on expanding drawing skills by learning to visualize and then create ideas in a realistic manner.
“Arts 131, Drawing I, is about learning basic drawing skills through observation,” Hardie explained. “In Arts 153, Drawing II, the students expand these skills … but are drawing from their imaginations rather than from observation.
“The students can visualize their ideas (in their head), but then they have to get it (onto the paper). This class helps them do just that. This class is composed of fine art, graphic communications and animation students. They’re all moving toward careers in the visual arts.”
At the end of the class, the students culminate what they’ve learned into a “Vessel” project. The project requires them to use research on both antique and modern vessels, pots and containers.
Using this research, students are tasked with creating a vessel that is imagined. Possible forms include: a house, a floating object or a flying object.
However, before they can get to that point, they must study more basic principles. One of the things the class works on throughout the semester is personal sketchbooks.
Sketchbooks are based off of themes that are different for each student. They are turned in every so often so that Hardie can see their progress.
Sam LeGwin, a student majoring in Computer Graphics and 3D Animation, said she considers the sketchbooks to be the most interesting project so far.
“I usually decide to draw real people because that’s one thing I want to improve on,” LeGwin said, referring to the subjects in her sketchbook.
The sketchbook also encourages regular practice, something Hardie considers to be very important.
“You get better at drawing by drawing,” Hardie insisted. “It’s about persistence and mileage. … One does not commit to an idea right away; it’s a gathering and then refining process. That is ideation, and that is the focus of this class.”