This was improvisation around four paper shapes I gave to each person, with no more instructions, just using one's imagination. We finished up by doing some very free abstract expressionist drawings like Franz Kline with just a few gestural brushstrokes showing spontaneity, speed and emotion. Click an image to enlarge . . .
These were achieved by partly using busy, cluttered domestic subject matter, but mostly by composing drawings pulled together from several drawings/ photos thus getting the idea of using sketch books to record the sort of information you need to work up a bigger composite piece...
Everyone was asked to bring in a random object which we drew for 10 minutes and then passed it on to the next person. So we built up a big composite drawing (using various methods and scales) of some very strange juxtapositions of 'things.'
This week we looked at FONTS, TYPEFACES and TEXT and making up drawings from all the marvellous shapes in them (and the negative space between them.) The group was asked to bring in examples of BIG, INTERESTING LETTERS, with/ without serifs, decorative Victorian type, Gothic text, elegant 30s type and thick block lettering - individual letters, whole words or lines of text (which might or might not have an ironic meaning).
This group meets weekly during Autumn and Spring terms for informal but structured sessions to explore drawing.
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