A seminar on aspects of abstraction in drawing and photography at the Institute for Art Pedagogy, JLU Gießen, 2011

In this seminar drawing as a means to translate and transform is studied using specific models and forms. First, drawings and press photos from more recent art history are analysed. Abstraction in this context is seen as a reduction of the narrative features of an image to the advantage of structural aspects, such as the relationship between light and dark, between line, surface and proportion. These formal features of visual art also involve direction, scale, format and other aspects of the image. They have a higher priority than the narrative content as they create a specific form of order and readability. "Readability" in this context means it is possible to scan the image and place the things in this spatial image in relationship to one another.

The process of representation in drawing as well as in photography is a process of abstraction. The use of the different possibilities and materials of drawing necessarily leads to various forms of abstraction. The knowledge of these processes is thus fundamental for the execution of drawings. Drawing is also a way of thinking and observing.

The two-phased seminar begins with the theoretical and practical analysis of selected drawings based on their structural and methodological qualities. By reproducing the drawings of other artists a different perspective and method are experienced mimetically, which in the second part of the seminar can be transferred and applied to new situations.

The interplay of photography and drawing provide the basis for investigating the variety of ways to translate reality, to simplify using image detail and to transform