Drawn to Nature
Monday thru Thursday
This online course features the following types of interaction:
- Pre-recorded content
- Live meetings
- Live critiques
This intensive drawing workshop will take students on an extended observational journey into the natural world. Working in public parks, botanical gardens, and on the Harbor Islands*, our focus will be on increased sensitivity to line and handling of complex surfaces; we will be studying organic structure and geometries and exploring different ways to create both observed and abstracted spaces through sustained observation within the landscape. We will be questioning the idea of photographic ‘truth’ vs. the integrity of direct observation and thinking about ways to make both sources work effectively in your design practice.
In addition to on-site sources, we will be studying drawings, illustrated maps and manuscripts from the collections of the MFA*, Arnold Arboretum, as well as the glass flower specimens at the Harvard Museum of Natural History* in regular online discussions. Students will be compiling their studies into a final bound notebook, to be completed by the last day of class. This volume will serve as an invaluable resource for future illustration projects, as well as an alternative to google images. Out of class assignments will be required for all students taking this for credit.
NOTE: Due to the Corvid-19 virus, this course will be taking place both in person and online. Some of the locations, like Harvard, and the Harbor Islands, will be contingent upon easing of Covid restrictions. We will be meeting on zoom regularly for slide lectures and to share work. I will be leading in-person, outside drawing sessions for those who are comfortable with this format. Students choosing to work remote will be asked to use the landscape that they are in for source material. At the first virtual meeting we will discuss individual locations, and I will go over strategies for collecting specimens to study both in and outside your home/workspaces. Each morning will begin with a review of the work from the previous day. I will also be setting up a platform on which students can upload images and share comments. Locations in syllabus only apply to students working in the Boston area.
Marguerite White spent the better part of a decade working and living on commercial waterfronts in the US and Europe. From Nantucket to Vinalhaven, ME, Coney Island, Amsterdam, Cologne and New Orleans, she both painted the waterfronts and was a house-painter on the waterfront before moving to the middle of Texas, where there was no … Read more