drawing lab

Drawing Lab -Week 6


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In the final session of the winter drawing lab participants were exploring traditional images such as The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and creating quick sketches of the shape and model presented in a black and white copy of the image.

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Using various mediums and exploring the image through the eyes of cubism gave participants a new view the image, simplifying everything into basic shapes.

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Looking at the human eye and exploring how to draw it using basic shapes is a fun exercise.

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Learning to be free in drawing with many new mediums is a fun challenge for all.

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Quick, 1 minute ink washes of Mona Lisa.

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Looking at Picasso through cubist eyes is an interesting exercise for artists in the 21st century.

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Drawing Lab -Week 5


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Week 5 began using black acrylic paint with an improvised brayer to add paint with strokes.

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This resulted in some very interesting results that were used as a starting point for drawing.

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Working collaboratively, participants created some very interesting drawings.

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One of the problems to work through was to add to what another participant had begun or to ignore what they had done.

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Creative exercises are just that….a project meant to expand boundaries of thinking and doing.

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Craziness leads to fun which leads to new insights into the personal creative journey.

DSCN7225We ended the session with some quick ink wash images.

DSCN7226These quick washes changed up the creative flow of the evening.

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Artist Paul Klee expresses the idea of drawing as “taking a line for a walk”.  Participants learned that making a drawing is first about communicating with yourself as they went for a walk this evening in the drawing lab.

Drawing Lab -Week 4


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Week 4 found the drawing lab group exploring a continuous line and how to incorporate this idea into drawing various subjects.

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The artist Paul Klee said that “a line drawing is like taking a dot for a walk.”  In this week’s lab we went for a walk, skipped a little and began to run.

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A continuous line drawing is actually a very powerful way to create a piece that is both hard-edged and fluid, representational and abstract, rational and emotional all in one.

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Known as unbroken line drawing, continuous line drawing or blind object drawing, the premise is that the pen, pencil or another easy writing instrument never leaves the paper until you are done.

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To do this type of drawing you need a pencil or any writing element that offers a smooth, continuous line and a smooth, blank piece of paper. Choose something you want to draw such as a person, flower, fruit or whatever inspires you.

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In the drawing lab we are trying to capture the essence of the object and the idea of movement.

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The final part of this week’s exercise was to add color to the images we created.

Drawing Lab -Week 2


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This week we again focused on the fun in drawing.

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Beginning with some watercolor lines and squiggles, participants began the experimentation into artistic discovery.

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The next step was to find some line, pattern or design to begin the process.

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Participants began to add pencil, pen and marker to their watercolor lines to develop an imaginative image.

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This fun exercise, although challenging, encouraged the creative juices to flow.

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It was fun to build off of others’ ideas and to begin with a few random strokes of watercolor.

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If drawing scares you…maybe you need to come to the drawing lab to let your creative self loose!