Class 5 (Drawing the Skeleton)
"MAKE AS MUCH VARIATION AS POSSIBLE AND STILL HAVE THE IMAGE UNIFIED"
"DRAW WHAT YOU KNOW IF WHAT YOU SEE DOES NOT WORK"
Today the class got to start on figurative drawing. The skeletal form was the subject. A skeleton was placed in the center of the room. The students prepared their workspace with an easel and drawing board. Charcoal or graphite could be used for the drawing session.
Maryann reiterated concepts like, be mindful of the center of focus and overall placement of the object. The first 15 seconds should be used for orienting the object onto the page.
Idea/category...... ANXIETY/ FLOW/ BOREDOM....where does one need to be to create......that is "FLOW'.
Maryann spoke of history today. She recommended that the students should look up 15th, 16th and 17th century drawings. Look up the Dutch, French and German artist of those centuries. Rembrandt was a huge influence for Maryann in her learning process for drawing the human figure.
She said that "Art at this time in history is more about the event than it is than object oriented."
The class went smooth. I feel the students where ready to begin the figure. There was an atmosphere in the room, with direct spot lights on the skeleton, the rest of the lights where dim and music was flowing. Most all the students were looser than they ever have been. I was impressed with there placement of the object and atmospheric perspective, shading and scale. They need to be reminded of cross hatching and following the curved horizontal lines of the bones. Vertical lines seem to be drawn more than any other direction.
The students need to look at the syllabus for assignments in regard to body parts and segments of the body. They are to pick and chose from that list in any order, but they all must get completed throughout the course of this semester.
I was able to assist today with technique, and of course I enjoyed that immensely.
I learned to discuss most all the reminders and suggestions in the very beginning of class. This allows for more focus from the students and it helps to not break their flow.
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