The semester is unusual in that I only have 4 female students in the class. What’s more unusual, none of them are present at the start of critique, this week. Eventually one of the women does show up. Better late than never.
In the meantime, we have fun with the class photo. We create a line up. The only thing these men are guilty of, is drawing with charcoal and pastel.
Critique is good. Everyone appreciates the finished drawings….they’re strong compositions. We discuss the challenge of the material, that everyone experiences. We discuss the variety of the values, and the surface of the drawing. We talk about how realistic something appears in terms of the cloth, and we talk about space, layers, and edges.
I’ve discussed this assignment before (11/30.2009). We’re in the midst of working with value. It’s the first real charcoal drawing many of the Drawing 1 students have ever worked on (keep this in mind when you see their work below). One advanced student works in color, with pastels. They complete a value scale right before starting the still life. They know by the time the value scale is finished , elbow grease will be required, from this point forward. Also necessary and in development, is another form of patience. It seems they just learned to control the marker, and now they have to let that go…because charcoal…has it’s own very unique challenges, in terms of trying to control it. It goes everywhere.
I always notice the class, in general, becomes more quiet with the charcoal studies.
In all honesty, I find it very hard to be in the classroom teaching, on some days. I want to be drawing too…that’s what watching the students learn this particular medium especially, does to me.
The end of semester is quickly approaching. One more drawing, and one more critique.