Sunday, August 18, 2013

Drawing: WINTERmester 2013

Still-life for linear perspective + value study

Last post in a series of spotlighting student works: this time from a special "WINTERmester") session over the spring '13 semester. Here's a direct link to the Imgur web-album/portfolio... check it out!

Earlier in the year I was asked to spearhead a new effort on the part of the department to offer a Beginning Drawing studio course that met just on the weekends for five hours every Saturday.
As a seasoned veteran of the Summer Session insanity I had experience in compressing a schedule that didn't cut any corners or sacrifice exercises and assignments regardless of the timeframe. Still this was the ultimate experiment, and the logistics were frustrating: mostly on account of the fact that folks who took the weekend class pretty much by default didn't have the time during the week, which was often reflected in the quality of homework.

That said, of the eleven drawings accepted into the end-of-semester student art show for the department, nine were from this class alone. So despite the intensity and challenge these folks absolutely eclipsed any expectations on my part. And there were for the most part some outstanding surprises as far as the development of personal style and discovering different possibilities with new mediums. Well done!

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