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Name:Drew Burgess 


Position:Art Instructor
School/Location:College of Alameda555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone:(510) 748-2216
Office/Classroom: D316

I enjoy being an art teacher. My approach is to converse with peopleHenri-Rousseau-The-Sleeping-Gypsy-1897 about our lives and art. Each class is an adventure. Teaching art  is a way to communicate and  grow. I believe education can be most effective with simplicity—I strive for a clear exchange of ideas.  I am interested in the form and color of the world around me. I think a lot about people and relationships. I like to study my surroundings.

My vision for the art department is one of community. I believe in the profession of art for those who feel a real pull and also the easy going quality of art for everyone. I think that art should be an ever present subject in school  because it is a way for all people to educate themselves of the profound experience of life. Exploring, experimenting, and pursuing ideas is the center of what art is. The image is ‘The Sleeping Gypsy’ by Henri Rousseau.


IMG_1341Many people say that drawing is learning to see. If you want to draw, get a sketchbook and carry it with you. Draw the world around you. Being present and seeing is a beautiful way to start. This work is by Honore Daumier. I believe that drawing is one of the most essential ways we communicate. Drawing classes should help you find your way with methods that bring life to your ideas.

Drawing can immediately help you get yourself grounded. There is something about it that is primary for us — it is a beneficial act.

Paper-Clip-2016Visual Design is the aspect of art that encompasses the ways artists see, compose, and create new form. Artists work with  form and color. Design courses offer a way for students to pursue their own creativity while engaging in interesting assignments.

I was walking down the street in Alameda and I saw this paper clip fitted snugly in a depression that was the same shape as the clip itself.

When-I-Still-Believed-24x30-Acrylic-on-Canvas-Drew-Burgess-2016Painting is a very fundamental activity of people. People paint all over the world. There are as many types of painting as there are people. People create paintings to see, to express, and to wonder about life. With painting people share their interests. Some works of artists have a strong regard for the representational world,  some pursue works of inward feeling—-like poetry or music. Painting seems to be a process that leads the creator in a direction of self discovery. I find painting to be as normal as applying paint to the side of a house and also completely mysterious.

This is a painting of mine completed this year, 2016. I titled it “When I Still Believed” as I was thinking about the open adventure of life—the way we need to believe to be people and live happily. A lot of my artwork refers to everyday life. This painting reminds me of inventing ideas in the yard as a kid.

catalog-photo-grid-2-016Here are links to museums of the Bay Area: 

Oakland Museum of California:
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art:
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco:
Berkeley Art Museum:
de young Museum:
Legion of Honor:
Museum of the African Diaspora:
Contemporary Jewish Museum:
The Mexican Museum:
San Jose Museum of Art:

IMG_4190-e1453767906914Oxford Art Online–visit our library:

Dr. Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe’s site:

Museum of Modern Art New York:


BBC Arts and Culture online:

Met Media:


National Gallery of Art Images:

Tate Modern in London:

Guggenheim Museum New York:

Oxford podcasts–You can search throughout the various departments:

Annenberg Learner:

Art of the Western World:

African-Boy-terracota-450BCE-RhodesI think the main problem students have in the writing of a paper is finding a subject that is interesting to pursue. People are naturally intimidated with the prospect of putting forward an idea. It is best to find a comfortable position within yourself from which to start. What is it about life that makes you wonder? To be a person of wonder is a tremendous gift, whether you are sitting on a park bench passing the time or a great scientist working out a problem—people are at their best with engagement in life and wonder..

Guidance on Writing an Art History Paper

Hamilton College–Ideas

Tips for Writing in North American Colleges

Term Paper Guidelines

IMG_5540-e1453769543415The guidelines may be a little different for your class——this will give you something to think about….

  1. The term paper is an exploration of a facet of the world of art. Pursue something you find fascinating to study and research.
  2. The term paper is a research paper whereby each student selects a subject to pursue with research from printed works, articles and databases, and of the internet. The paper contains documentation as to where the source of the factual data originates.
  3. An outline of the paper is prepared and given to the instructor as a hardcopy a month in advance of the due date. Describe the idea of the paper. A paper without a preliminary outline will not be accepted.
  4. The complete paper is due prior to the end of the semester. The paper is delivered in person during class time as a printed document. The document follows the guidelines of the Chicago Manual of Style or that of the Modern Language Association.
  5. The paper is worth about 15% of the total points –more or less depending on quality, commitment and completion. Please refer to the section on grading in the syllabus.
  6. The paper is 5 pages in length and follows in detail the formatting standards.
    (For Art History majors please note that the Chicago Manual of Style is usually employed)
  7. The paper is a college level investigation with factual data accumulated and embodied within the writing. The paper is cyclical in that it introduces the topic and returns via a body of thought and a conclusion. A thesis is a central component of the work.
  8. Develop an idea and defend your thoughts with research data, facts, quoted sources in the paper, and critical insight.


Preliminary meeting with the instructor
Paper as a hardcopy neatly constructed and on time
Overall correct formatting (Chicago or MLA) including documentation
In text quotes, referencing of sources, citations or footnotes (see Chicago or MLA)
Development of an original idea
Quality of writing with a logical thought process, intro, thesis, body, and conclusion

Writing a college paper is a very important part of your intellectual growth. Enjoy the process!