JOHN ZILEWICZ, Niles West High School



Exploring Experimental Drawing & Mixed Media



Challenge your perception of what drawing is. Explore the boundaries of traditional approaches in drawing media and gain a better understanding of how to use a variety of materials. Experiment with the unfamiliar and the unexpected. Discover different approaches for challenging students to be more experimental, to become a risk taker and stretch the known limits of what might be considered drawing. Workshop participants will be introduced to a variety of techniques, exercises and lesson plans designed specifically for teaching these very concepts. Over the course of this 5 day workshop, participants will examine an expanded definition of drawing and mixed media in the high school classroom and be provided with the opportunity to investigate all types of media, materials, and a variety of techniques and surfaces.


Each day will begin with a particular theme or lesson in mind. Class instruction will be centered around that core theme or lesson. Lunch and Learns: Lunch will be an hour long and include an opportunity to learn about a particular area related to the visual arts. Participants will finish each day with 2-hours of independent studio time to investigate some of the key concepts from the morning instruction, participate in field work and/or attend a topic from our lecture series. The week will conclude with a gallery exhibition of work created from each participants week-long experience.



Limit 36 - The class can accommodate up to 36 participants. Each participant will have their own personal workstation, drawer and/or storage cabinet.


Supply list will be emailed to all participants.



Visual Arts Classroom 1780, Niles West High School


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