Drawing has always been an essential component in the lives of working artists, and the significance of this fact has become increasingly apparent in contemporary art practice. Regardless of experience or levels of skill, drawing connects all of us to a sense of being present and engaged directly with the act of creation. Drawing reveals rich and complex avenues of thinking and feeling through its capacity to generate images from a seemingly infinite variety of sources through a wide range of graphic means. This course will involve an intensive process of discovering directions and concepts through very focused, explorative drawings that make use of objects found in and around the world that is Provincetown. In the studio these found source materials will be transformed through a process of imaginative drawing from the ordinary into the extraordinary.
Early in his career Paul Stopforth created courageous work that reflected the repressive society in which he lived. His refusal to turn away from injustice earned him enormous respect from peers and art critics. Invited to be Artist in Residence at Tufts University, Stopforth left South Africa for the United States in the late 1980s. He taught drawing at both Harvard University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He has exhibited in galleries and museums in South Africa, the United States, and Europe. In 2004 he delivered the Ruth First Memorial Lecture at Brandeis University. He is represented by The Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown.