Instructor: Alexis Amann
10 Sessions / Mondays, June 3–August 5
Time: 6:30–9:30 pm
From cave painting to web comics, storytelling and picture-making have been connected throughout human history. This course will give beginning and experienced students alike the opportunity to explore narrative in their drawing practice. Projects assignments will be specific and give students the chance to work with different narrative elements. Students will be guided in ways to create, find, and mine narrative through quick writing prompts, and then will make drawings based on the project assignments. The course will also explore formal drawing skills, emphasizing the relationship between how a drawing is constructed and how meaning is made. Project assignments will be supplemented with handouts, discussion of historical and contemporary work and context, and demonstrations. Students will get feedback on their work through one-on-one discussion with the instructor, as well as group critiques at the conclusion of each project.
Beginning and experienced students are welcome in this class; the only prerequisite is a willingness to work and play at making drawings.
Alexis Amann was born in Rochester, NY, raised on the Oregon Coast, and now lives and paints in San Francisco. Her acrylic gouache paintings on paper contain layers of worlds populated by women, monsters, fish, mermaids, rabbits, houses, boats, whales, demons, harpies, and other flora and fauna driven by the forces of love and water, and exist as both large-scale installations and smaller works. Amann received an MFA in 2006 from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a BA from Portland State University in 2002. Her work has been exhibited in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the Pacific Northwest, and New York.