FA23 Advanced Projects: Developing a Narrative

Day/Time: 10 Thursdays starting September 21, 6:30-9:00pm

Location: E38-391 (four weeks) W20-425 (six weeks)

There is no class October 19 (tentative) or November 23 (confirmed).

Instructor: Timothy Lee

White grid in square pattern, distorted into diamond shapes as if on fabric. Cells are painted with warm jewel tones and white, grouped to suggest dimension of grid. Credit: Timothy Lee.
Untitled. Credit: Timothy Lee.

This advanced course in drawing and painting will challenge students to become technically fluent in the processes and methodologies of their choice in drawing or painting, while they explore topics that they are personally interested in. The first few weeks of class will be devoted to writing, thinking, and sketching out two projects (which address the same topic of interest) that the students will explore over the rest of the semester. Students will work independently in addressing their investigations while building upon their skills – formally, conceptually and stylistically. There will be an emphasis in forming a narrative through the visual image and going beyond simply replicating an existing artwork or photograph, and students will engage in regular critiques with their peers to talk thoughtfully and critically about their projects. Students will leave the class with a greater awareness of why they make art, and how to speak about – and defend – their artistic and conceptual choices.

Note: This course is not an “open studio”. Students are expected to fully engage, experiment, and enjoy uncomfortable moments of discovery in their art. Students interested in simply having free time to work independently should seek out alternative art programs/clubs at MIT for this purpose. Students will be expected to have prior experience in drawing or painting, including familiarity with representational drawing (whether that was acquired through taking an introductory drawing or painting class, or from personal practice) to most benefit from this course, as technical skills in drawing or painting will not be covered.

Students concerned about whether or not this class would be a good fit for them should reach out to the instructor at timmylee@mit.edu before enrolling, with images of any works they have previously done.

Materials: Your choice of materials will depend on your interest in drawing or painting.  Use the links below to download basic materials lists. Please purchase your materials prior to the first class according to your needs (additional materials may be discussed with the instructor during class time). Please note: for the first four weeks of fall semester, oil painting is not allowed.

SAA Painting Materials List

SAA Drawing Materials List


  •  September 21, 2023 - December 23, 2023
     6:30 pm - 11:55 pm
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