Monthly Archives: April 2013

Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner workshop

Teaching a “draw what you see” workshop for “the absolute and utter beginner” tomorrow , Tues. April 9, at Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, CT. Looking forward to it!

Just the other day, First Friday at the Aldrich Museum, we were talking about…art, of course. And I mentioned that the eloquence that emerges from adults within hours after they first begin to draw always knocks my socks off, and is also among my favorite artwork anywhere.

Some in our group thought I was referring to the raw honesty found in Grandma Moses/untutored/outsider artists, but not at all. Yes, I love the latter work, but in the drawing workshops such as I’m teaching tomorrow, my job is to help adults acquire the tools they want to make convincing representational work. And I see adults with no previous training able to pick up technique within three hours that allows them to move into polished representational work, art that remains individual, personal, moving, as well as convincing representations of what they see in front of them. An ongoing miracle/privilege.

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