RISD Summer Programs course- Contemporary Drawing: Intercultural Approaches

Contemporary Drawing: Intercultural Approaches

What does it mean to be a practicing artist in today’s intercultural world? In this course students explore classical and contemporary approaches to drawing. Students navigate the lineage of Greco-Roman traditions and learn where they intersect, converge and diverge from Eastern traditions and other alternative subcultural artistic movements. Students are exposed to a diverse range of mark-making solutions and develop skills in visual research with emphasis on personal memoirs and socio-cultural factors that shape their own individual experience. Topics traverse historical events to current issues and how artists have responded. Lectures, demonstrations and in-depth critique support students in their visual and conceptual research in response to weekly assignments. From thumbnail concepts to fully-realized larger works, projects encompass multiple ways of seeing your surroundings and interpreting ideas into myriad pictorial languages. Individual guidance is provided to accommodate varying levels of ability, from beginning to advanced. Previous drawing experience is helpful, but not required. 

Artwork (detail) by Yo Ahn Han

RISD degree students: This course offers 3 transfer credits with pre-approval from your department head using the Prior Approval for Transfer Credit Form. Submit the signed form to the Registrar’s office and then complete the online course registration.

Course #9104
Yo Ahn Han

Schedule B
June 24–July 30, 2021
Thursdays + Fridays, 10 am–1 pm ET
Online, Live

Tuition $2,300
3 Credits


Yo Ahn Han

Yo Ahn Han is a Korean painter based in Boston whose work is a visual dialogue between suppression and desire, a duality which speaks to both his experience of cerebral arteriovenous malformation and to his bifurcated cultural identity. He received his MFA 2D at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Yo Ahn’s work has been shown internationally, in the US, South Korea, and the Netherlands. Recent solo shows include “Botanical Rhapsody” at Chase Young Gallery in Boston, “Metamorphic Desire” at Essex Art Center, “My Princess, Bari” at ARTMORA Gallery in New York, “Alluring Confinement” at the Artlery 160 in Boston, and “Enchanting Box” in Seoul, Korea. His work has also been exhibited in several group shows including “Summer Palette” at Chase Young Gallery in Boston, Seventh Juried Exhibition at Prince Street Gallery in New York, ART BLOSSM Exhibition at ARTMORA NJ, and Sanqtuary at Distillery Gallery in Boston. He has also participated in the annual MassArt Auctions and the 2016 Busan International Art Fair.