observing structure and texture

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. –  Aristotle


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We return from Spring break to a class critique. Students have spent two weeks looking closely at natural objects that have complex structure and texture. The assignment requires a magnifying glass, I want them to see all the variety of lines on their shells of choice. I suggest they run their fingers across the form and feel – is the surface smooth or textured? They balance positive and negative space. The work is challenging.

The class as a whole does well. As usual in this assignment – they don’t know what they are in for until they actually start working. They pick 3 or 4 shells and set a composition. I do allow a few of them to change out shells as they progress. Below are some examples of their excellent work. Note the variety of shapes and marks,  and especially see the sensitivity they have acquired. 

This class talks a lot about how intricate nature is – they had no clue for example – how much texture fills a leaf. I decide by the end of class every person on the planet should be required to draw some bit of nature in this manner – no doubt we’d respect its grandness more.

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Roman’s shells, feather and leaf.

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Detail of leaf.

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Silvia’s Starfish.

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Giovanna’s leaves.

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Three skulls by Roger.


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Detail of upper palette and teeth.

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Roger’s shells and bone.

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Detail of shell.

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Daniel’s Two Shells.

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Detail of shell.

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Alex’s 4 Shells.

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Toshad’s shells.

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Detail of spiral shell.

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Norma’s homework.

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Detail.

The last work below is an advanced student who works with color on scratchboard, for this assignment.

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Vicki’s Lavender on Scratchboard.




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