It seems right that this last weekend, on an early morning run, I find two objects ↑. The small, golden pinecone catches my attention as it shimmers in the grass. The larger pinecone waits for me at the end of my run. I bring both of them to my studio and consider the following Monday (that would be yesterday) we’ll be holding our first semester critique. And the subject-matter is the pinecone.
A sign of good things to come? Oh yes!
Here is my new group. Their completed drawings fill the wall behind them. We critique, among other things, some fine pinecones yesterday.
The first full assignment of the semester is a contour study of a complex natural object. You’ll see students give me more than that. Yes – note the fluid lines! I am pleased with their careful observation and drawing. This is the first time they use markers to start and complete a work.
For many of them this is the first time they spend so much time looking at one thing (at least 9 hours if not more). One student asks if she can keep her pinecone. I tell her she can keep it if she has bonded with it. I have! I spent a lot of time with it. This is the value of looking and really seeing – I think out loud.
Here are some of the pinecones as well as some homework assignments (subject-matter of their choice). Note the titles…they tell you something about the group.
Yes…we are off to a great start!
I also have a couple of returning students. And while they pick up where they left off last semester and use mixed media, they have to keep focus on the line.