Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Basic Drawing

I started a basic drawing class tonight at the adult ed program. There are about nine people in the class, all of whom have taken previous classes, so it isn't strictly beginner. I have taken art classes too, long ago, before the kids were born, and then again when they were little. But I haven't done much drawing lately, so decided to take the most basic course.

After seemingly obligatory Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain introductory exercises which bore no relationship to anything we did afterward, we set about drawing a still life consisting of a brown teddy bear perched on a brown hat-box-shaped box, with a brown tin container on one side and a brown wicker basket on the other side. The teacher walked around and made humorless comments like, "your drawing is too small," "you are including too much of the table," "you are not leaving any space for the bear," "your basket is not properly shaped" (this to me, as well as others). And my favorite, "er, why don't you start over?" I didn't see any of the other drawings, but they sure sounded dreadful!

It can only get better! I will try to whip my basket into shape before the next class. One advantage of drawing over playing the cello: the eraser. But for both, it's practice, practice, practice.

6 comments:

CelloGeek said...

Your drawing class sounds like fun! I'm glad your cello is healthy again.

Gottagopractice said...

Hey! I signed up for Drawing for Absolute Beginners this semester! It's an on-line course offered through one of the local adult ed programs. Your "basic" class sounds much more advanced, though. So far we've had two lessons, the first on materials and the second on using basic shapes to compose larger objects.

Maricello said...

Thanks Cellogeek!

Gottago, I'd love to hear more about your online course. I started a free online course a week or two ago, to prepare myself for the basic course, to get back into the mood of drawing. It also started with materials and using basic shapes. The site has its pros and cons, which I will eventually blog about, but I am having fun there. It's drawspace.com, if you want to take a look. They seem to be in the process of creating actual courses, but for now it has go-at-your-own-pace tutorials, galleries where you can post your own work and see the work of others, and forums where you can discuss drawing and participate in other drawing activities.

CelloGirl said...

Eraser!! I could definitely see a lot of uses for the cello eraser!

cellodonna said...

Oh neat! A drawing class. Enjoy. I think I actually have that "right brain" drawing book somewhere in my attic.

Maricello said...

Hi Donna, I had that Right Brain book at one time too. I think I loaned it to someone or gave it away. I have Drawing on the Artist Within by the same author. I am hoping that will do for this class and that I won't have to buy Right Brain again. It's the assigned text for the class.