Bring creative ideas to life

Why Drawing?

The practice of drawing in the School of Art forms the bedrock (foundation) of creative ideas to be brought to life by artists for further interrogation and development. The school’s faculty believes that fluency in drawing promotes bold, new ways of seeing, thinking, imagining, understanding, and discerning the world. Now more than ever, visual literacy, along with critical thinking and creative problem solving, is vital to the success of our students—at Syracuse University and beyond.

The studio arts drawing intensive seeks to redefine the materiality of drawing at a time when digital technologies dominate visual communication. By embracing the representational, abstract, illustrative, and conceptual, the drawing intensive aims to serve as a platform for experimental methods, concepts, and practices, while respecting time-honored histories and conventions.

The drawing intensive seeks to promote and disseminate drawing research, with emphasis on contemporary practices and theoretical context. Disciplines and activities will include, but not be limited to the following types of drawing:

  • Representational
  • Figurative
  • Structural
  • Abstract
  • Illustrative
  • Conceptual
  • Contemporary practices



Smith Hall
Smith Hall

A large, naturally lit drawing studio for graduate students is housed on the third floor of Smith Hall, a building that is emerging as a hub for collaborative and interdisciplinary programs, faculty research, and graduate studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. 

Visiting Artists

Throughout the year the School of Art welcomes numerous nationally and internationally known visiting artists to campus. Spanning the disciplines, these artists, designers, and educators, some of whom are alumni, give presentations and lectures and often critique student work. They are a critical component of your artistic growth. Recent guests have included Sean Cummins, Laurie Rosenwald, Carl Potts, Annette Lemieux, and Polly Becker.