I teach a foundations course, students learn basic drawing skills. It is clear to me at this point the class understand the value of careful observation.
We spend the last 2 weeks working outdoors. They learn to focus at an even greater level considering all the distraction outside the classroom including the curious passerby, the almost perfect weather and the continuous change of their subject-matter (nature).
Enjoy these examples of their outdoor study and their self-portrait homework…
The homework assignment, a life-size (or larger) self-portrait, is an important and challenging process. They have all the necessary skills at this point to complete one. They work with marker (no pencil or eraser) all semester and here they can use media of their choice (many still choose the marker). The drawing brings honest conversation.
We leave this particular class critique knowing each other just a bit more.
On the drive home I think every one (every single person) should be so lucky to have (give themselves) this assignment at some point in their adult life. #theselfportraitforeveryone #gottahaveart
This is it with the marker – we move on to charcoal.