Drawing as Process presents an arc of drawing experiences that includes a progression from strategies that result in Classical realism to Expressionistic techniques in the manner of Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh, and the Surrealists. This coursework concludes with a self-directed series of drawings-multiple drawings on one theme-that forms a cohesive visual expression. Drawing as Process explores the creative process of drawing as a form of personal expression as well as a thought modality.
PART ONE: STRUCTURE AND SENSITIVITY
1.2 The impact of axes
1.3 Static versus dynamic compositions
PART TWO: LIGHT AS FORM
2.2 Methods to create value areas
2.3 Translating various materials
2.4 Still life drawing as a response to light and shadow
PART THREE: EXPRESSIONISM IN DRAWINGS
3.1 The modern history of expressionism in art
3.2 Drawing in ink: Master’s studies
PART FOUR: SELF-EXPRESSION ETCHED IN A SERIES OF DRAWINGS
4.1 The modern history of self-expression in art
4.3 Create a self-directed series of drawings
4.4 The series as a source of visual analysis
Andrea Ciaston lived in New York City for ten years, completing her art education. She earned her BFA from Pratt Institute in Drawing and an MFA in Painting from Hunter College, part of the City University of New York. She then earned her Doctorate in Studio Practice from New York University. In the 1990’s she moved to the Pacific Northwest and lived in wilderness areas near Mt. Shasta, California and Mt. Ashland, Oregon for over a decade. She has taught studio art and art history at colleges and universities both on the east and west coasts. She is the recipient of the Faculty Recognition Award at Lane Community College in 2013 and the John and Suanne Roueche/League of Innovation Award for Excellence in Teaching and Leadership in Community Colleges in 2015. She currently lives, teaches, and continues her studio practice in Eugene, Oregon.
I have read Drawing As Process and as someone who taught beginning through advanced drawing classes for over thirty years (none online), I found Andrea Ciaston's text to be concise and clear, with examples, work projects and exercises relevant to developing both skills and content. She has integrated diversity in approaches to drawing as well as in historical and artistic references to further develop the ideas presented. The text is specific in its breadth. There is a lot of information included, but is not overwhelming to the beginning artist. It covers learning the skill of drawing as both an activity and an end product. And it is enjoyable to read.
Margaret L. Sjogren
Department of Art & Art History
Southern Oregon University