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Art Class, session 3

We did a second (and final) night's work on the still life of boxes and cylinders, and she added even more items.  I remembered to ask what I could be doing better, and got "that's hard to answer because a drawing should be what pleases you"  (oh gods...)  "but you might try being bolder about shadows?"  (yes! thank you!)

We also put up our homework for critique.  We were supposed to make up a still life at home that included something box-like, something cylindrical, and something roundish.  Reminder to self, this is the basic drawing course at a community college, night school version.  Yes, some of the people are actual students, but required to take it for non-arts programs, such as elementary education.   Anyhow, I spent a little over 2 hours on mine only last night, and it blew everything out of the water except maybe the one from the transfer student from the Montserrat College of Art (and why she's taking "Drawing I" hasn't been asked). 

This doesn't make me happy.  I'm learning much, much more about techniques than I ever knew before, which is well worth the course.  But the fact that I seem able to use them better than most isn't a bonus if it means I -don't- get critiques (I didn't) and don't learn how to get even better.

The teacher showed us how a child might draw a cylinder such as a Coke can.  Round on the top because a can is round, and flat on the bottom because it sits flat on a table.   "But is that so?" she asks the class.  "No, really both are ovals," she says, and draws the ovals.

And I'm biting my tongue about how the ovals should get more circular the farther below line of sight, and that if you bisect the oval horizontally then the back half of the oval should be a tittle thinner and flatter than the front half of the oval.   I don't even remember how I know that.   But I've seen the other homework.  Most of the rest aren't ready for that detail.




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Sep. 24th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)

I used to teach ceramics. She can only go as fast as the slowest person. Don't worry too much. In a week or so, once she knows what everyones speed is she'll start to be more attentive to your skill level and make tyou work accordingly.
Right now she doesn't want any drop outs so she's coaxing everyone along.
Sep. 24th, 2008 01:50 pm (UTC)
I know, I know, I shouldn't be impatient, and I'm being careful not to let it show in class? I just didn't quite expect the level, even though it's the intro class, because it -is- college credit. And I now realize how good my high school art class really was, lol!
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