Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Drawing of the 10,000 Things...



This summer I will be leading a drawing class that is a bit unusual - The Drawing of the 10,000 Things via Journals.  This whole notion spins off of the zen notion of drawing, drawing, drawing in order to perceive and understand the nature of things.  We will combine drawing realistically from nature; observations, writings, notations, page design, border design and hand-drawn letters.  Our goals will be:  better drawing skills (utilizing value, perspective, texture, line and variety); self-awareness; self-definition and the use of drawing and writing to interpret everyday reality.  The goals and subject matters will be individual to each artist.  We will incorporate critique and goal-setting as a means of self-improvement.  We will be using the Zen notion of drawing a great variety of everyday objects and drawing conclusions that will, hopefully, transfer to drawing anything at all.  A greater awareness.  The class begins on June 18, Mondays from 6:30-9 pm for 8 weeks...all at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center.

This drawing was done some time ago at a similar class.  I discovered that rumpled and squashed things are often fragmented into triangle shapes.  Also, that the description of the key junctures of these fragments was crucial to the understanding of the drawing.

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