The students are all here and on time today. They are all getting better with being set up and ready to begin by 2:10 on the dot!
The student are working on foreshortening again today. That is a complex concept but they are doing quite well with it.
Look for natural breaks in the figure, this is where the joints are.
Other than a few suggestions given the class focused hard today and did quite well.
Towards the end of class Maryann had announcements:
There will be two evening drawing sessions with a live model. 6-9 Next Tuesday is the first one. I will attend that session.
Thursday 12-4-14 10 studies are due for the final.
By the end of Finals Week, have your flat file draw cleaned out and vaccumed.
There have been 2 new sections that have opened up: Portfolio class (300 section class), and a Materials and Methods class. Also, Advanced drawing, 311 and 410.
Will is our model today.
I believe everyone showed up to class today. Music is flowing and I can tell they are ready to focus.
As the student begin their warm-ups of 2 minute poses, I am observing that they are getting the proportion of the body quicker. The warm-up drawings are getting complete quicker.
Maryann reminds them to map the figure on to the page with in the first 15 seconds, and to use the side of their tool to map the figure.
Maryann does mention that they are starting to get it! So great to hear!
After the warm-ups the class will be focusing on FORESHORTENING.
We moved the model platform to accommedate the pose. Then the student have to work their way around the model stand to find the right angle to draw from.
Maryann focused alot today on discussing with the students about strategy, and drawing techniques that she would like them to employ in their drawings. This is nothing new, but they need to hear it continually.
Do not treat the whole drawing the same!!!
Choose parts to develope and parts to take away to allow the viewers eye to fluidly rome the the page.
Use different tools throughout the drawing.
Pay attention to shoulders, concave and convex.
Good working day overall and I am enjoying being a part of the teaching process. I walk the room through the classes and assist the students with all kinds of drawing issues and strategy.
The day started off with announcements and discussion of strategy.
For submitting any corrected work from the mid-term, turn it in with the new drawing on top and the old drawing on the bottom.
After the class was done with warm-ups, she had the class walk around the room and critique the drawings and see what they may want to take from another persons drawing that is stronger than theirs. What techniques and strategy are they employing that you would like to employ as well.
Write down two things that you learned from viewing the warm-up drawings. some of these comments were:
Be less eratic
Do darks and lights
Get to shading faster
include more of the head
more expressive lines
create a map first
Note: Once again: Draw the form as if it where oxygen on the page
Mediate what you see with what you know.
Measure the figure with a pencil...start working more on proportion.
They did one long standing pose starting at 3:00 today.
At the end of class Maryann discussed with the student about registering for class. She discussed the difference between a BFA and a BA
It was a great working day!
Today was pretty straight forward. The students focused on their study's. They got their mid-term grades back and I could tell that they wanted to refocus and correct the mistakes that they had made.
It was a full day of drawing and the focus was obvious by these great drawings for today's class.
I have just begun my journey in the Masters of Fine Art Program at The University of Montana. I am currently "Shadowing" an art professor in her class to observe and learn what being a professor all about. As part of this process I have created this blog to document what I am learning.