This class explores the rudiments of observational drawing and pictorial design. Measuring, proportion, planar structure, atmospheric perspective, light and shadow, and basic anatomy will be explored through exercises, lectures, and critiques. Coherent and creative composition will be addressed as both smart design and an intuitive process. Master drawing solutions to the mediation of 2D, abstract pattern on the surface, and 3D spatial illusion moving beyond the picture plane, will be analyzed. Students working at any level of proficiency are welcome.
Margaret McCann studied at Yale U., WUSL, and NYSS and has taught at NYAA, UVA, Pratt, Syracuse U., BU., UNH, etc. and in Rome, Italy at RISD, Trinity College, etc. Her solo exhibitions include Antonia Jannone in Milan, Painting Center in NY, and Artemesia in Chicago. Her awards include Fulbright, Ingram-Merrill, Blanche E. Colman, and NH State grants, and artist residencies at Ragdale, Millay, American Academy in Rome, and Cite des Arts in Paris. Her paintings have been reviewed in La Repubblica, Corriere della Sera, the LA Times, and the Huffington Post. McCann has written reviews for Art New England and edited the Skira/Rizzoli book “e Figure,” structuring its essays around the evolution of techniques from antiquity through cyberspace.