"Exactness is not the truth." Henri Matisse and "let's make our drawings unique instead of exact" Danny Gregory

Essential question...

"How does observing carefully help us to understand art making, artists and our own world?"

Shoshin (初心) is a concept in Zen Buddhism meaning "beginner's mind". It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would.

So in the beginning of this course we will be practicing a variety of strategies for observing in order to see and respond as artists do. We will try to go beyond the stereotypes so that we can draw what is before our eyes. We will draw with our opposite hand, try blind contours not looking at our paper and we will draw an image by looking at it upside down! We must remember at all times that to really see we do not "name" things, instead we look for lines and shapes and their relationships, pay attention to the negative as well as the positive space, draw slowly and always look mostly at the subject.

Read this article in defense of learning to draw!

Check out this video if you need more convincing why drawing is essential

We'll begin by seeing the familiar in a new way... Visual workouts!

Other Hand Contour: Composites look cool! drawing with our other hand gathering images from around the school using overlapping, scale change and values creates intriguing compositions.


Composites 2012

composites 2012

Seeing the shapes around the object clearly...

Positive Negative:

inspiration... http://www.behance.net/gallery/The-Art-of-Negative-Space/1316541

Seeing a full scale of values from dark to light...

Light Scales: intuitive drawing using a full range of values.


Danny Gregory writes elegantly about using the pencil

Light scale drawings 2012..

light scale drawing

Seeing like Picasso and Braque:

Cubism Revisited:


Cubism Revisited 2012

Cubism Revisited 2012

Some interesting web sites to help you improve your drawing skills:

http://www.sketchbookskool.com/ this course you can take in the summer or anytime to really help you improve your skills!

http://www.amiria.co.nz/artist/realistic-observational-drawings/Good tips on drawing from observation

Very cool website from England on artists who draw how and why...

and a group that encourages drawing on site around the world

A teacher's observational drawing project

Finished your studio piece try these doodling activities!