Alexandra Perrier - Drawing
Alx Sellick - Drawing
Kylie Gordon - Drawing
Mirage Deling - Drawing
Jordan Owens - Drawing
Loni Platte - Drawing
Sam Lee - Drawing
Kelli Bechtel - Drawing
Jillian Oberts - Drawing
Mikayla Portee - Drawing
Loni Platte - Drawing
Meghan Onak - Drawing
Molly Borkowski - Drawing
Sam Lee - Drawing
Jillian Oberts - Drawing
Drawing initially emphasizes an exploration of traditional drawing techniques, materials, and processes, with a later emphasis to alternative and mixed-media drawing processes as potential elements in the advanced investigation of drawing as a vehicle for personal expression. Drawing, as a significant foundation of visual communication, is investigated as both an independent discipline and as a vital resource for the investigation of other disciplines. The dynamic union of technical, formal, and conceptual components is emphasized at the thesis level toward the development of a BFA thesis exhibition.
The senior year is a time to focus on the creation of a cohesive body of work for the BFA thesis exhibition, a requirement of graduation. A BFA candidate review occurs at the end of Thesis I and must be accompanied by a written artist’s statement. The purpose of this review is to advise students on the strengths and weaknesses of their work, with the intention of assisting the student in consolidating their aesthetic direction in preparation for the BFA thesis exhibition.
The BFA thesis exhibition is the culmination of each student’s art experience at KCAD, and is accompanied by an oral presentation and a written artist’s statement. Work for the exhibition must receive the approval of three faculty members who comprise the BFA critique committee, which is responsible for conducting the final critique of the BFA thesis exhibition. This final critique is open to all interested students and faculty. The BFA thesis exhibition functions as both a competitive portfolio of work for the student and a showcase of talent for the college.
As a student in the Drawing program, you’ll be immersed in a dynamic and diverse learning environment. Your comprehensive instruction will begin with traditional drawing techniques, materials, and processes before diving into alternative explorations, including mixed media and new media drawing processes and transdisciplinary work as vehicles for personal expression.
You’ll examine the role of drawing as a significant and long-standing discipline in the visual arts, and investigate it as both an independent discipline and as a vital resource for the investigation of other disciplines. The dynamic union of technical, formal, and conceptual components is emphasized in your advanced level course work, culminating in the development of a BFA Thesis Exhibition.
You’ll also round your education out with a wide range of general education and art history courses that will stimulate your curiosity, broaden your perspective, and inspire new creative expressions. KCAD’s flexible General Education Pathways model empowers you to direct your learning by exploring subjects you find most engaging and relevant.
In the Drawing program, you’ll develop a refined understanding of how you actively participate in both the observable and imagined world, opening up a multitude of ways to explore and record your perceptions through the creative process. You’ll also develop the ability to solve problems creatively, take calculated risks, question with an open mind, and adapt to the unexpected.
A thorough understanding of the creative process will provide you with critical thinking and visual communication skills that will enable you to succeed in a wide range of career opportunities both directly and indirectly related to your studies. You’ll emerge from the program with a strong, cohesive portfolio of mindful and personally significant work that contributes to larger dialogues both within and outside of the discipline.
As a student in the Drawing program, you’ll explore both traditional and contemporary practices and experience a strong sense of community driven by an emphasis on faculty availability and interaction. The program’s small class sizes enable our faculty to get to know you as an individual, while you’ll come to see them as not just instructors, but as mentors and professional role models as well. The program also places an emphasis on personalized instruction, resulting in concentrated periods of work, ideation, and exploration with guidance from faculty. The ability to experiment in a safe and supportive environment encourages your growth and confidence and prepares you for success after graduation.
There’s also the matter of place: located in Grand Rapids, a mid-sized city that values art and design, KCAD acts as an incubator for focused artistic growth and cultural engagement. Location also means you’ll enjoy mid-size city living while being only a few hours away from the cultural wealth of larger cities like Chicago and Detroit.
As a graduate of the Drawing program, you’ll be well positioned to pursue a career as a studio artist, either independently or with gallery representation. As creative professionals, our students are very adaptable, having applied their critical thinking, communication, and creative problem solving skills to a variety of professions such as curator, museum preparator, art education specialist, art director, gallery owner, archivist, appraiser, educator, or even as an entrepreneur. In some instances, additional education or graduate studies may be required.
Many Drawing graduates choose to further develop their skills by pursuing a Master of Fine Art degree or by seeking opportunities such as artist residencies or grant-funded projects.
As a Drawing student, you’ll learn and experiment in spacious classrooms with plentiful natural light and extensive studio equipment including large format scanners and printers and Cintiq digital drawing tablets. You’ll also have access to designated project spaces for installation and other space-intensive exploration, private personal studio spaces, and communal exhibition spaces equipped with expansive display walls and track-lighting.
Elsewhere on campus, you’ll have access to The Dow Center FlexLab, KCAD’s state-of-the-art digital fabrication facility featuring 3D printers and scanners, laser cutting and vinyl cutting machines, wide format printers, and more; a printmaking lab with a range of facilities that accommodates wood cuts, intaglio prints, stone and plate lithography, aquatinting and mezzo tinting, screen-printing, papermaking and more; KCAD’s Material ConneXion Satellite Library, which offers direct access to more than 1,000 physical samples of advanced, innovative, and sustainable materials as well as online access to over 7,000 more; the KCAD Library, which provides access to millions of books through the MeLCat shared library catalog as well as access to specialized research databases and subscriptions to scholarly journals; KCAD’s Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), an innovative cultural institution hosting exhibitions of such contemporary artists and designers as Nick Cave, Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker, Nari Ward, Carrie Mae Weems, and Judi Werthein; a fully appointed photo shooting studio; a fully equipped ceramics facility and sculpture facility; fully-equipped wood and metals shops; and much more.
KCAD also offers a number of summer travel/study experiences as well as internships during the academic year and the summer. You’ll have the opportunity to pursue work in a variety of settings, such as fine art galleries, museums, and community arts organizations, to name a few.
View the 2020-2021 KCAD College Catalog for a list of current courses.
As a graduate of the BFA Drawing program, you’ll be fully prepared to engage in a rich, fulfilling practice of creating culturally significant and meaningful works of art.
The versatile set of creative, critical thinking, and communication skills you’ll develop will also provide opportunities to pursue a number of other art-related career options.
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