Drawing: on Location
Instructor: Laurel Farrin
Friday, August 3, 2018   -   Thursday, August 16, 2018

At the heart of this workshop is the belief that everyone can draw and that drawing serves as a conduit to an intimate understanding of art and the world around us. Drawing is the underpinning of painting, architecture and sculpture and develops our connection between mind, intuition, senses and the hand. Drawing from life is a way to understand not only the appearance of nature but also the way in which nature operates and deepens the experience of cultures different from one’s own. Exploration and innovation in translating visual perception will be encouraged. Using charcoal, pencil, ink, markers and collage, we will explore processes involved in creating form such as positive/negative space, line and tone.

The inspiring landscape, architecture and paintings of Assisi will provide the subject matter for an immersive drawing experience of Place.

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Laurel Farrin received an M.F.A. from the University of Maryland in 1993. She was an Artist-in-Residence in the Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM and received an individual artist grant from the Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Other residency fellowships include, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Dora Maar Fellowship in France, The Millay Center for the Arts, VCCA, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.  Select exhibitions include Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY; Roswell Museum and Art Center, NM; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; The Bronx River Art Center, NY, NY; the Des Moines Art Center, The Figge Museum; Lesley Heller Gallery, NYC; Joyce Goldstein Gallery, Chatham, NY; Green Chalk Contemporary, Monterey, CA, the Florida Center for Contemporary Art, Tampa FL; Spaces, Cleveland, OH; Anton Gallery, Washington DC; Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC. and New American Painting, Mid Atlantic Edition.

Her work is in the collection of The Tang Museum at Skidmore College, The Figge Museum, The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, The Roswell Museum and Art Center, The MacDowell Colony, The Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Western Development Corporation, TRIA-CREF, Kirkwood Community College, The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and many private collections.

Farrin is an Associate Professor in the painting and drawing program at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.


"Standup" 2016, acrylic on canvas, 20x26

"Gypsum" 2013, acrylic on board, 4"x6"

"Out of the Box" 2001, acrylic on paper, 22x30