Here's a selection of drawings done from each of the projects over the last 20 weeks. Have a look back at each project for plenty more examples.
Everyone drew another figure at work, with a second alongside as contrast, for 30 minutes,
followed by a similar 30 minute drawing - to give a sense of the whole studio at work.
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This short exercise was a visual version of the verbal Chinese Whispers. One person did a 3 minute copy of a painting on a postcard, then passed the drawing on to the next person who did a quick copy from that - and so on all round the group. At the end we tried to identify the original painting from the final drawing, and were able to see how the original had become distorted at each stage!
2 projects here, using creative inventiveness other than thinking about figurative illusion.
The first was a series of simple instructions, to be interpreted individually - and finally resolving all these marks, textures and shapes into a finished drawing. Then everyone had the same 5 pieces of shaped paper to develop into images in any way they wished.
The idea here was just a large scale drawing, loosely referring to a group of household objects but being mainly concerned with filling the paper! First, everyone drew with charcoal/paint attached to the end of a long stick (with the obvious lack of control but the need to design in big shapes and make different sorts of marks for this scale). Some then carried on working on the drawing on the floor, others used tables but had to move the drawings around as the tables were smaller!
The aim was to make an object and then just draw a 'real' illusion of it - something we're not always concerned about! Everyone wrapped up a parcel with the intention of drawing it superealistically to trick the eye into feeling you can really touch it, concentrating on light source, modelling, cast shadows and reflections.
First we painted gestural marks on small pieces of square, oblong and torn paper, then spent time looking at all the options of arranging them into a collage. Butted black shapes, overlaps and positive/negative interaction were considered. Then we made a drawing from the collage.
Secondly we painted black and white patterns on irregular shapes of cardboard. These were then all arranged together and we did drawings of the group (or part) concentrating on the black and white shapes rather than the edges of the card. Was the result abstract or not, as the drawings were based on what we saw in front of us....?
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We looked at Blek le Rat and Banksy. Making an image with stencils is really drawing through (or negotiating with) another material - rather than making direct marks on paper. Another difference is that it needs a lot of planning, simplification and patience, keeping in mind the opposites of black and white, positive and negative, and sometimes having to compromise to keep everything attached! Ink, paint, sometimes sprayed, and rubbed charcoal were used.
Several quick 5 - 10 minute drawings of each other with instruments etc in various media. But an important part was composing these together at the end to form a group, cropping, overlapping and using bits of different background - and then lying them all together on the floor to form a frieze.
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We looked at Mondrian's progression from observational work, though analytical processes to his final severe minimalism. Then we did three drawings - a quick one of the whole pile of chairs, boxes etc, then selecting a part to develop and finally a very simplified collage with black and white paper.
This group meets weekly during Autumn and Spring terms for informal but structured sessions to explore drawing.
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