Solid metal, little texture, man-made, regular, functional - these objects were treated with observational drawing: some looking for straightforward realism, others bolder and more dynamic constructions.
We were playing with shapes of card, composing our own subjects.
In the first project, each person had three pieces of shaped card and was asked to paint some bold shapes and patterns on them. Then build them into a construction and draw it, concentrating on just the painted shapes rather than the edges of the card.
In the second project everyone was given four shapes of card, the idea was to experiment with various ways of composing these together until the most interesting combination was found, then to draw it.
We looked at Cubist still lifes and Patrick Heron's early paintings of the 50s. The objects were moved every 15 minutes and then drawn again, using a different method (left or 'wrong' hand, wax relief, bold charcoal etc) each time to produce multiple, transparent images. Finally, colour was used to identify some shapes or objects - but sometimes respecting the line by not completely filling the space.
The idea here was to delight in the unique surface quality of different objects - and the quick and simple way of making drawings of this is by rubbings (each one takes only a few seconds.) It's a sort of negative image, made by pressure of the charcoal etc on the protruding parts rather than describing shadows.
We then selected parts and made a collage - some descriptive and others totally abstract - and one made a drawing from the collage.
This group meets weekly during Autumn and Spring terms for informal but structured sessions to explore drawing.
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