This afternoon I got back to my 4 ft x 7 ft drawing panels (see Cupid and Psyche panels a few weeks back). I'm thrilled to have another one begun...so many possibilities! And to work with one of those rarities of models--one who takes the role of fine art model with professionalism, creativity, exploration and intellect...not to mention deft, graceful and powerful movement. A model who is willing and understands their role is a collaborative one--between artist(s) and themselves. Each responding to the other. Never one-sided, never isolated or all from or for themselves. Fine Art Modeling is a talent requiring great sensitivity combined with great confidence--and physical strength. Folks that can pull all that off are certainly not a dime-a-dozen---I'm always in awe and in heaven when I am lucky enough to work with one. Thank you, Amy!
What a treasure of an afternoon...three hours of drawing from her with one specific "persona" in mind: Leda. This is the pose we discovered and chose to work with.
This panel will have more figures--this is just the beginning--a "sneak preview". I don't know exactly what's next for it either--prefering to respond rather than plan the next move (although I do have a few ideas...).
Last weekend's workshop was filled with just about every drawing media there is...both wet and dry...from charcoal, to soft pastel, to colored ink washes. We investigated the issue of CONTRAST within Mixed Media figure compositions--drawn from the live model. Using so many different mark-making tools/media the possibilities are endless for creating various contrasts. We made drawings using Contrast to create Space, Light, Emphasis (Focal Point) and to enhance the movement (Force) of the Form in Space.
Please click on the PHOTO ALBUM listed to the right of your screen, under Student Work Mixed Media Workshop May 2006, to see their resultant drawings--Full of Experimentation, Expression and Dynamism! Excellent Work All!!
Below are three details of my student's works (full versions shown in the Photo Album). Anne Kirk, Beatrice Seelig, and Sandra Kahler. Click on images for larger versions.
On MAY 13 & 14--coming up soon--I am offering a weekend exploring drawing with MIXED MEDIA--combining ink, charcoal, and soft pastel in figure drawing. The use of Contrast to improve composition and development of the figure will be covered--such issues of line, texture, value, and color. This is a dynamic and exciting combination of materials; full of expressive possibilities and dramatic effects.
There are a few spots left to register---see registration information below.
May 13 & 14 (Sat/Sun)—a great Mother’s Day gift to yourself or someone else! MIXED MEDIA FIGURE DRAWING: THE USES OF CONTRAST
In art, Contrast enables us to “see”—that is, by way of having contrast in your work the viewer is able to more fully experience the composition, colors, values, mark-making/line, and textures. For the artist, it is through Contrast that we create space, edges, rhythm, and light to name a few. This unique two-day workshop will focus on the drawing principle of CONTRAST through a series of specific exercises as we draw from the live model. We will work first in charcoal before including ink wash and soft pastel for mixed-media works on paper. All levels are welcomed. . Class Fee: $200.00 (includes model fee); 9:30AM-4:30PM each day—with a one hour lunch break. ................... Workshops are held at the Youngstown Arts Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW, located just off of the West Seattle Bridge. There is a dedicated parking lot for the Arts Center. . To Register for the class Email me at [email protected]
VIEW STUDENT WORKS FROM THIS PAST WEEKEND'S WORKSHOP on PORTRAIT DRAWING: The Structure of the Head and Relationship of the Head to the Figure. (April 29 & 30, 2006)
What a great, focused, and enthusiastic group of folks I had to work with last weekend for this workshop studying the Human Head. There's nothing like drawing for six hours/day to cover a lot of ground as instructor--and watch the students progress in leaps and bounds. And this is exactly what happened this past weekend. It is a joy to be instructor with people like these.
You can see a selection of their Head Studies in my PHOTO ALBUM to the right, listed as "Student Works-Portrait Drawing" All work was made in charcoal on paper 24X36" in size--all heads relatively life-size.
Today, in the mail, I received a note from one of my students from of this class. It's a testimonial or review of the workshop and I'd like to share it here. (And thank you so much Ursula!)
"Barbara is a teacher that serious art students seek. She is organized, gives short educational demonstrations, and presentations of art history applicable to her class. She is encouraging, helpful, approachable and friendly. I would recommend her without reservation." Ursula Barril
Below are a couple of STUDENT WORKS from the workshop--be sure to click on the Photo Album for more. Please click on images for larger versions.