Monday, April 5, 2010

Contour drawings

In one recent class, we worked on contour drawings, after taking a look at Picasso's contour portrait of Igor Stravinsky.

Contour drawings follow the edges, or contours, of an object. We tried to do these without looking much at our papers while doing them -- quite tricky! In reality, there are no lines at the edges of objects, but this exercise trains your eyes to see imaginary ones that define space and shape.

We drew wine glasses ...

and of course we drew eggs...

Interesting to note that one drop-in visitor said she'd come back "when we were doing the good stuff". We can't fault her for not recognizing that our present work centers on developing an artistic process. Too, training a new way of seeing is part of artistic growth and it's essential to the cultivation of new skills.


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