What was it like? A group of nine students and a teacher gathered in a small room in the lingering September warmth. On the table at the center of the room was a collection of ordinary objects, and for the next two hours we drew, with a focus on shapes. The teacher exhorted us to “find the shapes that live within the object.” As we went on, we learned by doing that it helps to start with a line down the middle so the size and proportions are clearer. Then we were told to “feather” our lines and choose the line we liked the best out of all the possibilities. (I rather liked this piece of advice.) The teacher circulated and helped each person with individual advice and example.
One of my goals in taking the course, as mentioned elsewhere, is to learn to see differently, and I can imagine that happening. Looking closely at objects and trying to reproduce them automatically did cause me to see them differently—and without judgment. One object I chose to draw was a soup can, not perhaps the thing of greatest beauty, but I didn’t think about that until afterwards. I simply saw it as a challenge and a chance to practice.
Next week we move on to organic, and therefore asymmetrical, objects. I’ll report again then.