Some interesting images of a card sculpture to add to our collection...
This week was observation, observation, observation... in the form of Trompe-l'œil (tricking the eye). We worked from a variety of objects found on our notice boards or in our waste paper baskets; postcards, bus tickets, receipts, crosswords, shopping lists, a bulldog clip, sweet wrappers etc - crumpled, folded or torn...
These 'actors on a stage' produced in the second week were a great response to a difficult theme (lots of movement, drama, variety of style, references to other art etc) - outside the comfort zone maybe, but I think a useful project that needed plenty of imagination and inventiveness rather than straight observation...
Below is work from week one of a two-week project - the idea was to produce a drawing on the theme of figures/ actors on a stage.
We used various sources - any old figure photos cut out of papers and magazines, photos from books about stage design and books on artists such as Picasso and Hockney (both of these are really worth looking at - Picasso especially for a Cocteau ballet called Parade, weird and wonderful figures!).
We did various drawings of these assorted poses, then cut them out and tried re-arranging them as a group on a sort of stage..... looking at movement, shapes, pattern etc. And these don't have to be too descriptive, semi-abstract would be marvellous.
In week two we were to develop these, adding more pattern, thinking about lighting (some very contrasty areas) as well as a 'set' - some sort of flats at the side, backcloth etc to enclose them - but nothing too literal of course...
This group meets weekly during Autumn and Spring terms for informal but structured sessions to explore drawing.
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