A Young Artist

S., aged 14, invested a bit less time for homework last week, as she was very busy. However, she did experiment with pen-and-ink and has purchased markers and graphite pencils, as well as two sketchbooks of better paper. She is going on vaction soon and I hope she will take her sketchbooks along.

I suggested she start to think about drawing portrait and figure. I brought along "Anatomy for the Artist" by Jeno Barcsay and showed her how the artist breaks down human anatomy into components. The book is informative about the skeleto-muscular structure as well. We also discussed the problems of foreshortening while viewing objects (and bodies) in space. I suggested she draw a self portrait sketch or a portrait sketch for homework. Later, I emailed her links to figure sketches by great artists, from Durer and Da VInci to Singer-Sargent and Giacometti.

I also brought some small pages of good textured papers of various colors for her to try out, as newsprint is so limiting. She was able to get a feel for graphite as opposed to charcoal, and graphite powder. I also showed her some techniques of mixed media (just a beginner's approach) to try charcoal with pen and ink, or markers, on good paper.

Lastly, I showed her the technique of using charcoal or graphite powder to create a "glaze" on the paper, and then using the eraser to render light areas, then rendering the darker areas by drawing back in. She did an impressive sketch of a perfume bottle using this method, very quickly, and understood the idea completely.

She said she did not see the point of the composition tool I gave her last week, but I told her that once we start drawing from nature, she'll find it useful. When the weather improves, we'll do that.


Deborah S.

Studio Arts, English Language Skills, Conversational Modern Hebrew

100+ hours
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