Student drawings on display in McClelland Art Gallery

The nine students enrolled in Drawing II class will display their work in the McClelland Art Gallery from Feb. 12-19. The exhibition will feature three drawings from each student, demonstrating key techniques they have studied.

The class, taught by Julia Noyes, adjunct professor and owner of Noyes Art Gallery, has focused largely on combining different media and using color. “Having an exhibition gives everyone a deadline to finish work and helps them to do their absolute best, most professional work,” said Noyes. “Though it’s still early in the semester, the students have worked very hard on these drawings and they’ve made some beautiful, colorful pieces.”

Noyes’ emphasis on color and her assignments using multiple media is uncommon for a drawing class and she purposefully aims to challenge students’ preconceived ideas about drawing. “The fact that most of these pictures contain paint is very unusual,” said Noyes. “The Drawing II class should be experimental. I want students to be more creative and expand on their work from Drawing I.”

So far the class has covered floral still life, geometric buildings and images of birds—all on painted backgrounds. “It’s out of the ordinary,” said Chiyunga Chiyabi, sophomore graphic design major. “We use newspaper and paint instead of just a drawing pencil; not what you expect from a drawing class.”

The students are permitted to use any media they like in their drawings, so long as there is a mixture. “The class is fun because we get to experiment with different media,” said Devi Halim, sophomore graphic design major. “This exhibition really makes us want to work hard and do well.” Halim is currently an associate artist in Noyes’s gallery downtown and does a lot of 3D art.

“These students are pretty serious and they have put in a lot of effort to make their work look great,” said Noyes. “Classes like this can open up all kinds of opportunities for them in their future art career.”

The McClelland Art Gallery is located in the Ortner Center on the campus of Union College, 3800 S. 48th Street. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, the gallery is free and open to the public.