How can mark-making act as a radical intervention in public space? In this course we will examine the ways in which drawing can probe identities, expose power structures and reimagine a relationship to a place. Beginning with a series of traditional plein air assignments, students will engage in the practice of drawing as an act of deep looking. Each session is situated in a different location focusing on seemingly mundane spaces such as a government office or the makeup aisle in a local drugstore. Drawing materials will range from charcoal and ink to experimental mark-making techniques. Class discussions will highlight the ways in which the diverse backgrounds of students can inform their perspectives on a place. The writing of Marc Auge, Gaston Bachelard, Pablo Helguera, Isabelle Graw, bell hooks and Miwon Kwon will provide a conceptual framework alongside art historical examples spanning Paleolithic cave art to contemporary drawing practices. Open to all students. NOTE: A supply list will be sent to you prior to the start of the course.