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Drawing Foundation 2015 week 9

The ninth session of the Drawing Foundation class for Fall 2015 was held on Thursday, November 12. We critiqued the negative space collages, discussed the figure-ground ‘doodles’, and the importance of considering both aspects in your composition. We shared some laughs and debate over a final drawing test, and watched a video that answered the question “why bother with art?” Read on for more …

Sample figure-ground drawing

Drawing Foundation 2015 week 8

The eighth session of the Drawing Foundation class for Fall 2015 was held on Thursday, November 5. We covered a lot in the class, including: more lessons learned from the index cards; the importance of pride in your work; the subtleties between literal interpretation versus artistic interpretation; a drawing by the great Michelangelo; figure-ground combinations and reversals; and much more. Read on for the full class review.

Demonstration of how to simplify the subject

Drawing Foundation 2015 week 7

The seventh session of the Drawing Foundation class for Fall 2015 was held on Thursday, October 29. We discussed the importance of visual clues and how that contributes to visual literacy; what does it mean when we say art is ‘stylized’; the variation of personality found in line quality; and the new challenges in drawing a complex object (in this case, a plant).

Dick demonstrating how to draw drapery correctly to give a sense of volume

Drawing Foundation 2015 week 6

The sixth session of the Drawing Foundation class for Fall 2015 was held on Thursday, October 22. We discussed the six steps in creative problem solving; the importance of line and how an artist can use it to varied effect; and began studies of volume and depth through drawing drapery and folds in paper and cloth.

Construction Examples

Drawing Foundation 2015 week 5

The fifth session of the Drawing Foundation class for Fall 2015 was held on Thursday, October 15. The class critiqued their results from the previous assignment; shared this week’s index card solutions; and practiced drawing coffee mugs, a step up in the complexity of forms. Learning to recognize the invisible forms that shape an object is an important skill to have if you want to draw images that are ‘true to life’.

NelOptic Viewer

Drawing Foundation 2015 week 4

The fourth session of the Drawing Foundation class for Fall 2015 was held on Thursday, October 8. We covered questions on three-point perspective, discussed the challenges in drawing correct ellipses, and got to use a brilliant optical device that Dick designed and built in the last week: the NelOptic! Breaking down the visible world into two-dimensional shapes and lines is not easy, but his device provides clear feedback that can’t be argued with.

Demonstrating proper ellipses

Drawing Foundation 2015 week 3

The third session of the Drawing Foundation class for Fall 2015 was held on Thursday, October 1. The class critiqued their results from the previous assignment; shared this week’s index card solutions; and were introduced to drawing cylinders and arches in perspective.

TableSetup

Drawing Foundation 2015 week 2

The second session of the Drawing Foundation class for Fall 2015 was held on Thursday, September 24. The class shared some creative solutions for drawing a square on an index card and reviewed the one-point perspective homework drawings. Students used sighting and measuring techniques introduced in the first class to draw rectangular boxes set up on tables, using two-point perspective.