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Initiation to artistic expression (Drawing and painting)

Initiation to artistic expression (Drawing and painting) Initiation to artistic expression (Drawing and painting)
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Interdisciplinary Learning CoursesInitiation to artistic expression (Drawing and painting)

Art education is an important part of building a creative mind for the 21st century. As technological advancements continue to develop at an unprecedented rate, the need to promote visual literacy learning as indispensable for life in the information age becomes increasingly urgent.

I started studying mathematics in the US. I think that my studies in this discipline gave me a lot when it came to embarking on my career in Fine Arts years later. With this I want to highlight the importance of a cross-disciplinary or interdisciplinary educational experience. It offers us the opportunity to acquire greater visual literacy, that is, creative and analytical skills to solve situations and problems that are outside our comfort zone.

Visual literacy is the ability to evaluate, apply, and create conceptual-based visual representations. Skills include assessing the benefits of visual representations for creating and communicating knowledge, or for coming up with new ways of articulating ideas. The didactic approach consists of relating the visualization with its contexts, that is, providing the critical attitude and the necessary tools to be able to develop the appropriate visualization formats for specific issues, through the use of movement, form, rhythm, color and texture within from the framework of our context.

In this course we will create an active learning environment where academic and creative growth is fostered through practice both in groups and individually. We will develop technical and perceptual skills using the fundamental elements of drawing and painting to create images and capture ideas and stories and perhaps, during this process, we will discover new passions and other concerns.

Learning Objectives

  • Adapt to new media and situations in relation to artistic learning.
  • Identify, analyze, interpret and synthesize the different natures that we will discover during the course.
  • Use the materials and techniques offered by drawing and painting.
  • Take an interest in context through drawing and painting.
  • Visual literacy: analytical and critical reflection on our environment

Contents of the Subject

Initiation to artistic expression (Drawing and painting)

  • 1. Presentation and structure of the subject.
  • 2. Landscape drawing.
  • 3. Still life drawing.
  • 4. Experimental drawing: continuous drawing.
  • 5. Experimental drawing: blind drawing and layered drawing.
  • 6. Drawing music.
  • 7. Selfie portrait.
  • 8. Introduction to color.
  • 9. Basic principles of painting: the poster as art.
  • 10. Emotions and concepts.
  • 11. Version of an artistic work.
  • 12. Mystery as an artistic discourse.
  • 13. The human body: drawing from a live model.
  • 14. The human body: how to paint the skin.
  • 15. The human body in motion


Edward Jobst Andrews Gerda Professor of Initiation to artistic expression (Drawing and painting)

Edward Jobst Andrews Gerda