NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

DRAWING, 1° year – Francesca Cogni

This course is based on the idea that drawing is a way of researching, projecting and thinking. During this course, students will be pushed to use drawing as a daily and immediate instrument to collect ideas and understand how reality works. The drawing is basically a tool. It is possible to use it in many different ways: sketching an idea, coping an interesting object, showing how something works (actions in space and time), imagining and tracing very fast different variations of the same thing, using a line as a departure mark for designing, choosing the right technique of representation to tell in the best way our idea.

This work around drawing is conceived in two parts: the first-one is copying a lot (sketching from reality, from painters, from illustrators etc); the second-one is becoming conscious about techniques, making focused exercises on some of them. Each subject will be treated with a theoretical explanation and class exercises. At home, each student will develop a personal project on what he will apply techniques and suggestion he had in class-room. In the meanwhile, each student will have a note-book he has to keep always with him, where he will sketch interesting objects and situations in daily life, and stick graphic images cut or printed. This note-book will become a Personal Dictionary of Images and Ideas.

The basic tools of this course are:

1_ simple paper for class exercises + HB pencil

2_ simple paper and Fabriano A3 paper for home exercises

3_ white-pages notebook for the Personal Dictionary of Images and Ideas

During the course the students will be asked to bring with them cardboard, ink, crayons…


The exam consists in an evaluation of the engagement of each student during the course. The evaluation will not take in consideration a standard “ability of drawing well” but the progress, the accuracy and the commitment of each one in the exercises. For the exam, students have to present all the drawings produced during the course (at home and in class room); the Personal Dictionary of Images and Ideas; a final drawing about his personal project.

Information about the course, bibliography and resources will be published on the blog of the course.

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