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Techniques to Encourage a Teenaged Artist

S. had her first try at gesture drawing at a horse farm in her neighborhood. We lasted about 20 minutes: though it was fun, the bugs were biting. We returned home and S. tried her first sketches of trees. Again - the bugs were too annoying, so we went inside the house and reviewed recent homework. S.'s homework was adequate but it is clear that she needs to move away from dependence on line. Conceptually, she understands gesture drawing and how to build a more finished work over a gesture drawing. We spoke about the "spirit" of a drawing and why it is important. Since her grasp of line is already strong, it is now the time to challenge her by moving into more shading and contrast. For this reason, the last 20 minutes today we looked on several artists' websites. These are artists who draw exclusively in charcoal and, as I emphasised, they use only techniques that she already knows. She seemed a liitle surprised that these sophisticated and dramatic results are achieved with such simple materials. It is, of course, a matter of time and practice. Her homework is:
Either/Or: Choose an animal or tree photograph from the internet. Look for large, simple shapes. Draw from the photograph using the charcoal techiniques we have reviewed over the past weeks.

Or: copy the drawing of an artist. I have emailed her some images of artwork (by established artists) that would be useful to copy. Copying other artists' work is a classic way to learn and improve.
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$45p/h

Deborah S.

Studio Arts, Literature & Writing

50+ hours
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