Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Drawing Feels Good

Luraline- by Leo Germano
Kids love to pick up pencils, crayons or other drawing sticks, and make their marks. That great freedom of moving a hand across space and seeing a trail that is put down on a surface! A way of saying- I am here- see what I have left as my record! Lines traveling, wiggles, cross-hatches and strokes that describe a thing. The object gets built by the lines and tones and comes up out of the paper. If we don't get too judgemental and critical, we can find great joy in the simple expression of marking in space. Leo is a natural draftsman, one who draws in a fluid way without a lot of hesitation. He finds the fun in his subject and gets his lines working to bring out the most simple yet interesting aspects of this ship.

Session with BAVC Group

Carrie's still life drawing in chalk on painted paper
Recently, we went over to our neighbors, the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) and worked with a group that was very ready to experience drawing. This was a new offering, a new way to spend a lunch hour in a creative zone. No one had ever delivered an art an art class to BAVC before so it was a kind of trial to gauge reception. There was great curiousity among a group of staff as to how this would feel and fit into their very busy schedules. But with a vision that a drawing has many benefits for this organization, we went in with a lot of confidence. Bringing along chalk, charcoal, paper blenders, and paper I had toned with latex paint, we set up a still life as the subject. We introduced what we wanted them to look for in our one hour session, gave a few sketching tips, and set out of the internal journey that one takes when diving into the act of seeing more and describing what is seen.