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Register Now for the Pratt Institute Summer Program. Drawing and Architecture Workshop: Europe’s Masterpieces at the Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA

In this unique five-week studio workshop at three major museums you will explore the historical influence of Western art and civilization from 12th-century Medievalism through to the Renaissance and other movements on the aesthetic vitality of modern and contemporary 20th-century art. Through the media of drawing, the class will embark on an analytical survey of specific works at: the Tuscan monastery on the Hudson; the Cloisters, a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Metropolitan Museum; and the MoMA. You will freely explore and creatively interpret the historically complex visual interrelationship where, regardless of era and -ism, artists pursued the common thread of knowledge, finding inspiration and a personal, creative expression, “reintroducing fragments of reality of the past,” as Roy Lichentstein noted.

Using graphite, lithograph, Sharpie crayons, pencils, and small spiral sketchpads, students will dissect a painting, tapestry, and/or sculpture to discover how artists expressively and dramatically structured one-, two-, and three-dimensional space. You will learn spatial conceits, form, tone, movement, chiaroscuro, and texture through examples and the practice of various linear techniques and methodology to visually communicate a specific message. Emphasis is on intellectual, societal, cultural, political, and emotional studies from Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Salvador Dali, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, Thomas Eakins, Sargent, Norman Rockwell, Modigliani, Jackson Pollack, Rivera, and De Kooning. Topics include: how modern and contemporary art relates to the past with examples of relationships, from Piero della Francesca to Francisco Goya to Arshile Gorky.

Homework will include: Developing conceptual independence based on personal resource notebooks and museum studies.
Recommended Texts: ISImS: Understanding Art by Stephen Little (Universe Press); History of Beauty (Umberto Eco Rizzoli Press), and On Modern American Art (Harry Abrams Publisher)
Recommended DVD’s: collect History of Art DVD’s (Gothic, Medieval, Greco Roman), etc.
Please note the following: Students will bring drawing materials, watercol-or trays, pen and ink, and sketchpads, including newsprint pads, for class use.
Exhibition of student work: To be determined.
Museum Fees: MoMA: free with Student I.D.; Cloisters and The Met: $4.00
Saturday 11 AM–2:45 PM
5 sessions Jun 2–30
Lois Lazarus
PMFA 511 18.75 C.E.U. $285

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