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Drawing pad with a charcoal drawing of a women's face and a hand holding a snudge stick. Drawing from Photographs CEXTN22-202340 is a Course

Drawing from Photographs CEXTN22-202340

Feb 23, 2023 - Mar 23, 2023

$225 Enroll

Full course description

Thursdays, 2/23-3/23/2023, 6:30-9:30pm

Location: John Adams Campus, Room TBD

Instructor: Kelley O’Leary

For five weeks we will learn skills and techniques to draw from photographic imagery. This course challenges the perception that drawing from photographs is a taboo, and encourages critical thinking about the history and nature of image-making. Our meetings will consist of a mix of prompts, experiments, critiques, discussions and presentations etc. The presentation and context of the projects are informed by precedents and examples from modern and contemporary art. Project assignments will serve as conceptual and technical frameworks students will explore drawing from photographs by interpreting prompts and will be encouraged to explore their personal research, interests and goals in art practice through drawing.

No previous painting or drawing experience is required.


Instructor Bio: Kelley O’Leary (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in the Bay Area. She received a MFA in Art Studio from University of California, Davis and a BA in Art with a minor in Anthropology from University of California, Santa Cruz. O’Leary’s practice investigates the role of technology from multiple human and non-human perspectives in an age of ecological collapse. Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. at Root Division, Jan Shrem & Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Southern Exposure, Wolfman Books, Incline Gallery, Palette SF, The Great Highway Gallery, Annex Gallery at Monterey Peninsula College, Union Gallery at UMass Amherst and Studio 106 LA among others. She has received fellowships and residencies from Bullseye Glass, Irving Street Projects, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Collaborative Arts Mobility Project, Kala Art Institute and Art Farm. She was the recipient of the Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship, the Mary Lou Osborn Award and the LeShelle and Gary May Art Purchase Prize at University of California, Davis.