With the drawing classes winding down and the drawing year coming to an end, I have decided it was time to revive this blog by posting regularly about the various themes we have been exploring throughout the last few months. Students at the Observatoire studio range from 5 year olds to teenagers (and the occasional adult), and in most weeks, there is a theme, that will be interpreted in various ways by the different drawing groups. The results are as varied as you can imagine and sometimes throw great insights into how students of different personalities, different age, and in different environments (peers) produce different drawings.
In each lesson, there would have been a goal, something to explore. Sometimes, it’s a medium, sometimes it’s an aspect of drawing (such as contour drawing, perspective, shading, negative space, composition…), and sometimes it’s about letting the participants take ownership of their drawing (vs. creating a “perfect” drawing). Sometimes the constraints are strong, sometimes there are none. Most of the time, the instructions are only a beginning and the participants are invited to finish their drawing in their own way (or start a second one, on their own)
The themes explored in the last term have been:
- How to draw an apple accurately enough that you might be able to pick it from a bowl?
- Many different cacti.
- Drawing water bottles. Is it boring?
- How hard is it to draw a ping-pong ball? (Challenge)
- Build your own house and draw it.
- Observing insects close-up. Drawing them accurately.
- Understanding Master’s paintings through their mark-making.
I will update the list above with links as the posts come in… stay tuned and do link-up on Facebook where I do post rather informally drawings of various students or comments on classes as they have just happened.
I’m very excited to be part of the Big Draw in Singapore this year. I’d heard about the event in Britain, and it is only the second year it is happening here.
Micro/Macro is a workshop happening at the zoo on the 19th of November from 10am to 2pm at the proboscis monkey enclosure (behind the Fragile Forest).
The participants (children or adults) are invited to try their hand at “Gesture Drawing”, to capture the essence of being a monkey. Those creatures move fast and you have to be fast with your charcoal, let go of the details, capture the movement. This kind of drawing is usually used to draw people, capturing them on the go, and artists use this as an exercise, to loosen up and tune their mind to drawing and observing.
The participants are then invited to try their hand at histological drawing. This time, they are given a piece of monkey tissue to observe, in the form of a histological section slide. These slides are ready to be slipped under the microscope, which can be focused to reveal different structures. In this case, the drawing is used as a means of observing detail. There is plenty of detail, and often repeating patterns.
The result will be a display side-by-side of these two different ways of capturing “what a monkey looks like” from different people, with different personalities, different abilities and different goals…
I can’t wait to see what people come up with! See you at the zoo….
This week is trial classes week!
If you’d like to see the studio/garden/duck (!) and come for one lesson ($20), leave a comment below or call me (92734991). After completing the trial class, I will assign the child (4 years old to teenagers) to the most appropriate class. Classes are small (4 to 8 students), and as much as possible, students are grouped by age and/or level… so, please be prepared to be flexible!
The new 10-week session starts in April.
You might want to check out what classes are running now, here. Your child will be assigned to one of these existing class or a new class will be created if there is demand.
This is Isadora’s Workshop’s new official blog. This is where all the information relating to the Workshop will be posted regularly so that you can keep up with what’s happening: new classes, workshops, registration deadlines, but also information about ongoing projects, links to students’ galleries.