This is the introductory course to the Summer Art and Design Program 2020. This course cannot be taken separately.
In this one-week program, students will be introduced to a range of design tools and skillsets, including idea development, making, documentation, and reflection. We will discuss and practice visual design elements including form, shape, line, color, and texture as well as visual design principles, such as balance, harmony, contrast, and hierarchy. Students will learn how these elements and principles can be used to create various meanings and perceptions in their own work, and how they can be utilized to analyze other designers’ or artists’ work. During the program, students will collect and collage objects that define what home/belonging means to them. They will create interesting, sculptural compositions using these objects while applying elements and principles of design to display their intent. Constantly shifting between 2D and 3D planes, students will translate their compositions on paper using experimental drawing techniques, including tracing, blind and contour drawing, mark making, mixed media, etc. Finally, they will learn how to visually represent and document both the 3D collages and the 2D drawings using digital means. The program will introduce group discussions and activities and will expose students to both local and international artists and designers.
Class 1: Overview of the program brief and expectations
- Presentation on design elements and principles
- Quick class activity
- Class discussion on the topic of home/ belonging
- Hand out the first assignment (collect and collage objects) and readings/ videos
Class 2: Discuss the students’ objects and compositions in groups
- Setting up the final composition on a surface
- Drawing from observation using one experimental drawing technique
- Introduce International artist/designer
- Hand out the assignment: A case study on artist
Class 3: Students experiment with the following drawing techniques: tracing, continuous
contour, blind contour, double pencil, blocking in shapes, etc.
- Group feedback on outcomes
Class 4: Students work on the final assignment in class: they will combine a variety of experimental drawing and mark-making techniques to interpret the collaged composition on paper, while documenting the process using their phones.
Class 5: Presentation on how to digitally document the final 3D composition and 2D interpretations (lighting, camera angles, background)
- Documenting, and uploading on google drive
- Talk by Industry Professional (Artist Othman Khunji)
Please note: VCUQatar reserves the right to cancel classes for which not enough participants are registered. Already paid fees will be refunded.
Please do not purchase materials until VCUQatar has sent final course confirmation.
On occasions, there may be some more materials to be bought and brought in if and when advised by the instructor.
Most of the materials are available from any art supply shop, for example:
Majdulin Nasrallah holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Interdisciplinary Design Studies and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interior Architecture from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. Her work spans a wide range of disciplines, including architecture, Interior, furniture, and product design. She uses both art and design as tools to challenge current systems and constructs, provoke critical thought, and stimulate discussion within the community about political, social, and cultural realities. Majdulin’s interest in the intersection between design and the social/ behavioral sciences
guides and shapes her projects. Her work often deals with the dialogue and interactivity between the human body and the built environment, tackling notions of physical space and objects in relation to the human experience through a variety of mediums and scales. Her projects have been showcased at the Manege Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia (2018), the Anderson Gallery, Richmond, Virginia (2018), Kraftwerk, Berlin, Germany (2017) and at a number of venues across Doha, Qatar.