Online Fine Arts Explorations: Drawing & Painting (Pre-College)
In this hands-on fine arts course, students explore a variety of drawing and painting techniques. Students meet online daily with Parsons faculty and an international cohort of peers for real-time creative and technical instruction, project guidance, and group and individual critiques. Starting with introductory exercises, students learn how to use drawing to think visually, investigate ideas, and express messages clearly. The course quickly progresses to the basics of painting, focusing on materials, color, composition, and studio practices. Real-time class discussions and one-on-one meetings with Parsons faculty provide students with opportunities to discuss formal elements, art history precedents, and their own process. This exploratory course incorporates structured “away time” from the computer in which students investigate world events, social issues, and personal interests as a springboard for inspiration, art direction, and production. Students use their sketchbooks to draw, journal, and document their surroundings and learning experiences. Throughout the course, students complete a series of observations, portraits, landscapes, and imaginative pieces, creating a body of work that is uniquely theirs and that can be used in a portfolio.