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Elizabeth P. Schoyer

Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Art
Office location and address
McIntire Department of Art
179 Culbreth Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
MFA Indiana University, 1975

I teach beginning and advanced drawing. My methods for teaching drawing have evolved to encompass varying materials with the medium now standing more on its own as an art form. Drawing is a language in which line, marks, and space have their formal meaning as well as individual symbolisms that can transform expressions. It provides us with myriad possibilities for constructing images and allowing the student to stumble along into places he or she might not approach in other media. These possibilities leave the student freer and more vulnerable to create a personal vision through a drawing project.

In my own work as an artist, I combine pencil drawing and oil painting washes on canvas. These images relate to explorers of the 1700s and 1800s and their exploitation of various regions of the world. My recent work focuses on the Spanish explorer Jose Celestino Mutis who established the Royal Botanical Expedition in 1783 to study the flora and fauna of South America and Alexander von Humboldt, a German naturalist and explorer whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world.

ARTS 2000: Introduction to Studio Art
Credits: 3
An introductory course, divided into three segments, which serves as a prerequisite to all studio courses. In Drawing students will learn observational drawing and how visual thinking connects with the hand. The Conceptual segment will exercise creative problem-solving skills and teach students to engage in critical discourse. The Digital segment teaches basic technical skills and digital tools including still and moving image and sound.
ARTS 2610: Drawing I
Credits: 3
A continued introductory study of the materials and techniques of drawing. Provides training in the coordination of hand and eye and encourages development of visual analysis. Emphasizes understanding form, space, light and composition. May be taken concurrently with ARTS 2000.
ARTS 2620: Drawing II
Credits: 3
Applies technical drawing skills to projects that delve into analytical thinking and idea-based work. Projects are designed to help students experiment and learn how to communicate meaning visually. Prerequisite: ARTS 2000 and ARTS 2610.
ARTS 2710: Introduction to Water-Based Painting
Credits: 3
Introduction to basic water painting techniques and materials (including acrylic, gouache, and water color), emphasizing perception and color. Assignments are designed to assist the student in understanding the creative process and interpreting the environment through a variety of subject matter expressed in painted images. Encourages individual stylistic development.