This is Mid-term Day! The students displayed their 10 drawings where they could find space. The drawings where displayed all over the classroom and into the hallway and stairwell. This is a big day for all of them.
After they displayed their work they were able to leave while Maryann graded their work. They where required to pick-up the drawings by 5pm this day.
Maryann explained a bit to me how she grades. The students have a sheet that list studies that are required to be complete during this semester. The students picked ten of their best and turned them in for the mid-term grade.
Strategy is the most important focus for this assignment, then she looks for techniques, darks to lights, figure ground relationship, focal point and expression as well as proportion.
Many of the students struggled with understanding the study. For example, if it was a torso drawing, some of them just drew the stomach. The torso is from above the breast to mid thigh.
Strategic planning is key here and sadly many of the students did not do well on this. There were a lot of C- given. But knowing this is just the mid-term the students have an opportunity to redo any of the drawings that they did not do well on.
I did not stay for the entire grading. Maryann prefers to do it alone.
For me seeing the students work hung together was a great eye opener to how they have grown as figurative artist. There is a distinct style that they all have. It is very fun for me to see and be a part of this learning process.
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.