Monday, April 23, 2012

Finally back from a blogging break!

Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since I last updated this blog. Life has been so busy with teaching and preparing to move that I've been horrible about keeping on top of writing and updating over here. I've also been working on writing a syllabus for beginning drawing classes ( online format)which will begin this summer. I hope to have this ready after my family and I have moved to the Washington DC area and settled in a bit up there. I already have 3 inquiries for potential students. With all that said and to catch up a bit: I just wrapped up a 12 week Foundations of Drawing class for an Educational Co-op. I've been teaching beginning drawing classes for 16 years and always thoroughly enjoy them, but this class was so special. I had some wonderful students who worked extremely hard over the semester. Twelve weeks is certainly not long to have proper drawing classes so it was more of a speed-foundations class but they did well with all that was introduced to them. Sadly, for some, it may be the only exposure to art classes that they ever get. Others, I suspect, will continue to pursue this newfound love of drawing. My only regret is that I did not offer classes there earlier. Perhaps if I had, I could have broken the Foundations class up in Part 1 and Part 2. Here's a glimpse of the end of the semester class exhibit. Students began the study with basic shapes, value scales, and various shading techniques. They progressed to life studies, grid drawing and finally on to a very brief introduction to Charles Bargue plates, the first image you see here.
In closing, I'm not sure why blogger formatting will not let me create new paragraphs here so I apologize for the text all running together. Please, also, forgive the poor quality of the images. I only had my cell phone with me that day.

2 comments:

  1. Good to hear from you. My goodness you have been busy. The drawing class looks so worthwhile and the students look so proud of their work. A great experience. Good luck with the move, always a hectic time.
    The online course sounds really interesting and fun and would give others the chance to have your insight and help. Good luck and keep us posted.:)

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  2. Hi Hon,
    I've been on a very long break too.
    The format here is so different.I do not like it very well,but I'm glad to be back.At least I found where you are.
    And the pictures are just fine Beautiful.So are the children.
    You take care Dear,
    Marie Antionette

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