Standing, from left to right: Beverlee Wood, Alyssa Smith, Todd Middleton, Jennifer Colangelo, Rhia Perez, Jenna Fowler, Chuck Bolt, Mariana Gray, Valerie Avitto. Kneeling, from left to right: Myles Obenza, Brandon Yang, Janice Stephens, Vickie Forbes, Danielle Moore, Delia Perales, Rachael Brater.
Students in Lisa Darty’s Art 121 drawing class at Cerro Coso Community College pose in front of a large scale picture they drew individually and as a group; a reproduction of a self-portrait by Albrecht Durer, originally created in 1484. An image of the original was printed and cut into 2-inch squares. Each student was given a square, which they were asked to scale and transfer to a 20 inch square paper, without being able to see the entirety of the original portrait. After each student completed his or her portion of the drawing, the class as a group compiled the pieces and fastened them together to create the large scale, composite reproduction you see here. Art C121 is a studio course that introduces the principles, elements, and practices of drawing, employing a range of subject matter and drawing media. A strong focus is placed on perceptually based drawing, observational skills, technical abilities, and creative responses to materials and subject matter.