Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Haven't had much time to post.  I've been spending most of my time either in drawing class or working on sketchbook assignment items.  I'll try to post some of these as soon as I get my car back from the shop (camera's in the trunk) and get back from San Francisco.   We did a really neat activity yesterday in class.  It was called the Exquisite Corpse - based on a parlor game that Surrealist artists used to play with both words and artwork.  We listened to the reading of a poem.  Then, we drew a detailed ink picture to fill the top one-third of the page.  We covered this third except for about an inch at the bottom.  Then, we moved to another drawing board, listened to a poem, filled in the next third, etc.  At the end of the class, we posted the drawings - very, very interesting.  My sister who is a teacher says that she has done this with students (first person writes an adjective, passes the paper, next person writes a noun, passes the paper, next person writes a verb.....etc.   or one person begins a story, next person adds an event, etc.) 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Drawing class at Queens

I'm taking Drawing I at Queens University.  It meets twice a week - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:40 until 4:20.  I'm amazed at how challenging it is for me.  I, of course, am the oldest person (by about forty years) in the class.  It's fun to see the young people and to hear their comments!  Great!  Jayne Johnson is our teacher, and she is very good.  She gives some really helpful content-specific feedback.  The picture above is a drawing of a piece of canvas.    Hard to believe that it took me two class periods to complete this.