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Drawing Outside the Box: Hybridity in Contemporary Drawing

​Course dates

July 15 to July 28, 2019

Application deadline


Learn to bring hybridity and experimentation into the​ elemental art form of drawing by integrating traditional drawing practices with non-traditional materials and approaches.​

  • Create drawings that push the boundaries of format, scale, and display.
  • Fuse disparate elements, from art store products to found materials, in your works.
  • Learn from three master drawers who bend the rules of the art form.
  • Combine color with black and white.
  • Display your work in a public student showcase exhibition.

Black and white drawing of a surreal landscape  


Undergraduate: ART 423, 3 units
Graduate/post-baccalaureate: ART 623, 3 units


$ 75


Intermediate or advanced undergraduate art students, MFA candidates, and recent graduates would benefit from this course. Prospective students should have at least two college-level drawing courses with one at the intermediate level. This course is open to all art majors since drawing is an elemental skill that crosses disciplines, although it will be of particular interest to drawing/painting, printmaking, illustration, and sculpture majors.


  1. Submit a web-based digital portfolio of 10 recent works of art. Images should be in jpeg format, 150-300 dpi, no larger than 3000 pixels in height or width. Include title, year, medium, and dimensions. If you do not have a website with the images, you may submit a single PDF document no larger than 10mb. Also submit a statement of interest or intent in taking this course.
  2. Submit/upload the materials listed in step one when you apply online by March 13, 2019.


Professor Siobhan McClure

Guest Artists

Kiel Johnson -

Kiel Johnson is a Los Angeles-based artist whose drawing and sculpture work uses layered narratives and storytelling to bring the inanimate to life, giving us a world not unlike ours but entirely his. Johnson uses the line to explore places, objects, and spaces and to catalog his observations and seal them in time. His simple materials and handmade ingenuity bring the infectious disease of creativity to anyone willing to engage. His work has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums around the country, with recent solo shows at Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles; Davidson Contemporary, New York; and the Taubman Museum, Roanoke. Johnson also speaks about his work at TED events around the world.

Fran Siegel -

Fran Siegel investigates place through the activity of drawing, with sprawling collaged and spatial constructions that depict time, movement, and change. Her work often “maps out physical environments in an abstracted way, exploring the conditions of light through an intense layering and collage process” (Hyperallergic). Siegel was awarded a Fulbright to research the Afro-Brazilian diaspora in Brazil for a solo drawing installation at the UCLA Fowler Museum as a part of the Getty’s “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.” Her work is held in the permanent collections at LACMA, LAMoCA, and the Yale University Art Gallery, among others. She is currently a professor in the School of Art at California State University, Long Beach.

Josh Dorman

Josh Dorman paints “vibrant, dreamlike landscapes and festoons them with found images: illustrations, fragments, and diagrams from old textbooks and catalogs, all of them from the seemingly prelapsarian period before photography, and all carefully (though still jarringly) collaged into the paintings” (The Paris Review). His work is held in many U.S. museums including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Springfield Museum, and the Naples Museum. He was the subject of a solo exhibition in 2008 at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. His shows have been reviewed in ArtNews, Art in America, LA Times, BOMB Magazine, ArtForum, and The New Yorker, and he has been the subject of essays by acclaimed authors Paul Auster and Nam Le. Dorman lives and works in New York City and in the Catskills Mountains.


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