During our studio sessions, we learn to engage in the moment, to be enthralled with the process of drawing. Instead of always having high expectations for final artwork, we embrace the challenges and sweet little successes, even if those successes amount to just a few well-placed contour lines on a paper filled with frustrating attempts. Shown above, Mike works through the challenges of blocking and sketching studies of a statue bust. Persistence in solving problems can yield inspirational results for both student and teacher.
We are also learning that we never know where inspiration will come from, or when it will arrive…
Jen and her daughter Paula walked in the studio door for their Saturday session, arms full of fresh-cut proteas from their backyard. These flowers look like miniature fireworks exploding with vibrant colors. I placed them around the studio for Drawing Lab students to practice gesture sketching, dominant angles, and sensitivity of pressure on the pencil or pen when drawing lines. Students responded with exquisite studies on paper.
And then there are the times when students begin with a pencil study sketch and it blossoms into a finished piece…
Happy Mother’s Day, to all our mom sketchers!
Our Youth Design Team Ignites for Blastoff
We’re putting together a new program for Level 3 youth sketchers called SketchTribe Youth Design Team. It will be a project-based workshop for improving observational drawing skills and ways to apply those skills in everyday life and future design/illustration careers.