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Symposium to Create 21st Century Digital Drawing Curriculum

by Whitney Frasier

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) will host a Digital Drawing Curriculum Development Symposium at the School of Arts, March 3 – 4. This event is free and open to the public, faculty and students.

The symposium is supported by a grant from the North County Higher Education Alliance (NCHEA) awarded to Tony Allard, the symposium organizer and a lecturer for School of Arts, as well as the university’s Instructional & Information Technology Services (IITS) department.

This two-day theory and practice symposium will provide a forum for art educators, students and the public to explore strategies for creating and integrating a 21st century digital drawing curriculum into existing traditional analogue drawing curricula.

“In keeping with the expressed goals of the funding agency for the symposium [NCHEA], it will provide an opportunity for students and faculty at CSUSM, Palomar and MiraCosta to collaborate together and become leaders in the development of innovative digital drawing curricula and digital drawing tools,” said Allard. “Finally, the symposium will provide an opportunity for the three schools to ‘dream big dreams’ and envision the creation of an institute for experimental digital drawing in North County.”

A moderated panel discussion will open up the event followed by breakout sessions where participants will test the theories and ideas for future curriculum and analyze the ability for it to be an effective teaching method. Results and suggestions of the projects will be discussed on Friday and conclude with an internet-based collaborative digital drawing performance titled “Zooming In,” created by students and faculty.

Guest speaker Lily Glass, chair of the art department at Palomar College, and several other CSUSM and MiraCosta College faculty will be presenting their techniques for teaching digital arts in the classroom.

“As a result of technological augmentation of our eyes, a fundamental need is emerging to integrate traditional methods of drawing visual memories with what Paul Virilio has identified as ‘visionics’—completely machine-based vision, image production and contemplation,” said Allared.

The symposium is appropriate for audience members over the age of 16 interested in the growth and future of digital arts. Catered lunch will be provided to participants both days at noon in the Art Gallery.

For more information or to register for the symposium, contact Tony Allard at

What: Digital Drawing Curriculum Development Symposium

When: Thursday, March 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, March 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: California State University San Marcos

School of Arts, Room 346

Directions and Parking

CSUSM is located at 333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. For more information or directions to the campus, visit Visitors may purchase a daily or timed permit in any general parking lot utilizing the daily permit machines.

About California State University San Marcos

Building on an innovative 25-year history, California State University San Marcos is a forward-focused institution, dedicated to preparing future leaders, building great communities and solving critical issues. Located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the City of San Marcos, it is the only public four-year comprehensive university serving North San Diego, Southwest Riverside and South Orange Counties.

The University enrolls over 14,000 students. With approximately 2,000 employees, the institution is a Great College to Work For® (The Chronicle of Higher Education). As a recipient of the annual HEED Award since 2014—a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion—CSUSM is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment.