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Drawing I

May 01, 2016

Lopez, Nicolá
Drawing I

Nicolá is a great teacher. She is very accomplished (her work is in museums all across the city) and she has engaging projects. As long as you demonstrate that you are taking the class because you are interested in drawing and art and not because you just want to have an easy elective, you will have a good time in the class.

Workload:

Drawing assignments due every week, some requiring several hours of work. Definitely not a breeze (you will look bad if you half-ass your assignments) but also not a super intensive, hard class. Just the right amount of work.

December 29, 2004

Consagra, Pier
Drawing I

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

This course starts out with you drawing an egg for 2 hours. If you've never taken drawing before, you might find it helpful to do this (and discover the wonder of the cast-shadow, the reflected shadow, and the inner-shadow). However, if you've taken drawing, you just need to get past the beginning 3 classes, and the arrogant B.S. spilling out of Pier's mouth. (and it's Pierre, not Pier, like the Chelsea Piers.) You won't need to buy half of the items on his list, just start with the basics. Pier is hilarious, but most of the time he has no idea what he's talking about, and don't expect him to learn your name until the last week of class. If you're good, he'll recognize that and treat you right. If you're not, then be prepared to be overlooked. If you're experienced, then at least you get a model to work from for half of the semester. If you're not, then you'll spend the entire time drawing plumb lines. I had a great time in the class, but only because I never took Pier seriously. Don't expect lots of personal attention.

Workload:

An assignment every week on large paper. Doesn't sound that hard, but takes considerable time, I ended up drawing for about 7 hours the night before. If you do miss an assignment, it's ok. You have a midterm where you have to present all your work, but he doesn't check off the assignments, so just don't bring it up.

May 20, 2004

Cooper, Elizabeth
Drawing I

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

So much of what sparks visual arts basic courses has to do with the dynamics of the students. Whether your class starts off a little shy and dry or stupid and silent or bright and talented in critiques, it will likely end that way and so the class sufferability in one sense will depend on you. Still, crits are fostered or smothered by the class response to the professor, in Coopers case, a stupid, snippy woman who simply does not, in my opinion, know how to run a succesful drawing class or create a productive atmosphere. You may improve basic technique by the mere fact of practice, but if you're serious about art, skip out- you'll be stifled by the ridiculously boring and unconstructive critiques and stunted by the lack of exposure to a sophisticated intellectual artistic sensibility.

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