#1 First exercises

class #1

  • Blindly replicate cave drawings on scroll while watching Herzog’s treatment of the prehistoric hand. (30 minutes)
  • Select another’s blind cave replica and attempt to reproduce it. Analyze what falls apart. (5 minutes)
  • Introduction exercise. Each will draw their very first memory. (15 minutes)
  • Homework: Make a sketchbook out of strictly found materials.

class #2

  • With eyes closed, draw your memory of a garden (5 minutes)
  • Together, on one large sheet of paper, draw your memory of a garden.These gardens will fuse. (30 minutes)
  • Next, on a clean sheet of paper, you will use another’s hand to draw the garden. The person is the pencil. Move them accordingly (30minutes). Assess the differences between the three iterations.
  • Homework: Scavenge or produce your own charcoal.

class #3

  • Together, go out to garden with fountain; make observational drawings of the garden using paintbrushes dipped in water from the fountain upon concrete sidewalk.
  • Peruse a range of artist’s sketchbooks at the library and online (Oscar’s Sketchbook (19th century Australian) and the sketchbooks of Lee Lozano, Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Beuys, Robert Motherwell,  Joseph E.Yoakum (online))…
  • Select a sketch from one these sketchbooks; re-draw as a blind contour drawing
  • Swap drawings with another person; re-draw their drawing on the same page. Together, analyze the differences between the drawings.
  • Homework for class #4: Two drawings: Without consulting outside sources, draw the piranha (as notion; as idea). Next draw the piranha from the photograph. Email both images before the aquarium. The process of mapping the difference between notion, reproduction, and empirical observation is paramount.
  • Homework for class #6: Choose a sketch from an artist’s sketchbook (books on reserve in the library); produce a set of instructions that you will deliver to fellow students to reproduce the drawing you have chosen without ever having seen it.

class #4

  • Meeting at the small, aging children’s aquarium.
  • Locate the piranha tank. Make a series of drawings that focuses on the volume of the fish versus the detail:  10 ten-second drawings (blind contour);  10 ten-second drawings  (contour); 5 one-minute drawings (do not lift the pencil from the page); 5 two-minute drawings where you alternate thick lines and thin lines. Then, select two tanks adjacent to one another. One tank is empty and one is full. Draw for ten minutes. Head to stingray tank; make a thirty minute drawing. Realize that your subjects will be in flux.
  • Homework: Prepare materials to make your ownpaper on Wednesday (bring heaps of newspapers, paper from recycling bins) dried leaves, scissors, a medium bowl, a grease splatter screen, a cookie tray, a hairdryer  and blender (optional),parchment paper. You can collaborate in regards to bringing materials. In total, the class should have two of each of these items. Be sure to clean up the work space when you leave.  Be sure to have three pieces of homemade paper for use in class on Monday, along with scavenged charcoal.

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