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Drawing I-A & Painting I (Newsletter 1980)

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Drawing by Master Draftsman Peter Paul Rubens

The foundation course in Drawing appears to be the first step in a two-step dance: such is the impression given by the schedule of classes as printed on the back panel of this newsletter. Alas. all is not as simple as it seems.

In fact, a student rarely moves from Drawing I to Drawing II unless that student comes from a rather substantial background. There exists a gray area that does not appear in the schedule. This gray area certainly exists in practice; however, in the schedule it is not to be found.

Take the case of a beginning student in Drawing. A ten week term in Drawing I will hardly produce a master draftsman. Drawing II is for the advanced draftsman who is able to deal with the complexities of figure drawing. So, there must be a place for the beginner to build confidence, develop skills and generally come to terms with his subject. This stage varies with each student, as it must. We refer to this stage as Drawing I-A. Once the student has the confidence and knowledge to move on to advanced work, that student will have the ability to hold his own in any company. And that is very important…one learns best when the material offered is reasonable and related to one s level of skill and understanding.

Drawing by Master Draftsman Leonardo da Vinci

When it comes to Painting, something rather different happens. Or, better said…is starting to happen. These days the students who come to oil painting classes are experienced draftsmen. Some have worked with me for two or three years. They bring such wealth of information and experience to the opening class that we are able to commence at a far more advanced level than was previously possible. For the accomplished draftsman painting is more accessible than it can be for the ill equipped beginner. Design and value understood…color theory, palette control and the technique of oil painting are all relative to the material already covered, and all that much more easily comprehended.

So…all may not be seen on the surface. However so, much goes on in a steady effort to provide the necessary stages required by the serious student.

Drawing by Master Draftsman Vincent van Gogh

The Thin Edge of the Wedge

“Everything one does enough of eventually generates its own interest and one then begins to believe in it. “—Alan Dunn

The wonder of study, the adventure of discovery, the fascinations of a subject that provides endless revelations and insights…all this, coupled with familiarity, breed knowledge, confidence and wonder.

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