Germany, Weimar

Drawing Worlds - Contemporary Practices in Drawing

when 3 August 2014 - 15 August 2014
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 550

As we are increasingly confronted with the interrelations and complexities of our densely wired globalised world, contemporary drawing can be two things at one time: On the one hand a medium that provides distance in describing the world in a structural overview which is illustrating and detecting hidden connections, on the other hand a medium of self-affirmation, with which we are able to immediately record our subjective visual, physical and tactile sensations of the world. For that reason as well as others, drawing has become an important artistic practice in its own right since the 1970s, particularly in the last ten years.

This course offers a journey through the fundamental processes of contemporary drawing taking each the physical and the structural aspect of drawing as points of departure. The aim of this journey is the acquisition of practical and strategical skills, which shall enable the participants to use drawing not just as a tool for sketches and observation but as a means of appropriation of reality and self-expression.

The first week of the course will be mainly characterised by drawing exercises with the pencil which will range from basic drawing techniques to experimental practices. Initialised by creating specific situations or working in selected places central aspects of drawing, such as complexity, notation, physical expression, spatial orientation are introduced. The exercises with the pencil will be complemented by extending the drawing process beyond the sheet of paper. Can we draw on space? And how can drawing relate to places?

Course leader

Oliver Zwink born in 1967, is an artist based in Berlin
- 2002-2008 Lecturer in Fine Arts at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
- 2010-11 Visiting Professor for Drawing, University of Applied Arts, Mainz
- 1998 Master of Fine Arts, Goldsmiths College, London

Target group

Students of artistic & creative degree programmes.

The course language is English. That is why good English language skills are required.

Course aim

During the second week the participants are requested to expose themselves to a situation or place out of which they develop their own »Drawing Project«, which will be presented in a small exhibition at the end of the week.

Credits info

After successful completion of this course you will receive a certificate of participation. It will show the course title, the date and duration of the course, the number of contact hours as well as the main contents and topics.

Fee info

EUR 550: The course fee is 550,-€.
EUR 450: Students and alumni pay the reduced fee of 450,-€.