Saturday, February 23, 2008

Sketching Class

I taught my first sketching class today! There were only 3 ladies in it this week...some couldn't make it today...but I think that was good for my first class. It was a wonderful experience...can't wait for next week. Here are some pics my daughter took...there were a lot of blurry ones...I think she was drunk...very sad. lol






The women were relatively new to drawing, so I started right from the beginning...obviously...
One of the things that I stress to anyone who asks me 'how to draw', is that drawing is seeing. That's the most important thing. We practised capturing shapes - cubes and circles (a bowl)...and it was interesting to see where the difficulty was for each person. Some can get their brains around the cube thing, and for others it's quite a painful process. So we worked on that for quite a while. It was nice to have a small group so I could give everyone lots of attention. I love teaching. It is immensely satisfying.
I spent this class just helping them to learn to see, and to capture the form of an object. Next class we will do some blind contour drawing to teach them to keep their eyes on the subject, not their paper. That's another thing in drawing that I find important - your eyes should spend more time on the subject than on the paper. If you look too much at what you are drawing, you start to lose sight of the actual object, and start to draw what you think it should look like.

And now I have to go and get beautiful...I'm going to a party tonight. It's been ages since I went out and mingled. I'll probably be home and in bed by 11:00. Ah well...a girl has to get out sometimes.

Happy Painting!!!

6 comments:

Nava said...

So - - - how come you're all wearing short sleeves? Ws the class in the Caribbean? :-)

Tracy Wandling said...

LOL...Nah, but it HOT in there! I'm always at the melting point when I go there. We were just pretending we were in the Caribbean!

Joan said...

The drawing class sounds like it will be fun! Starting small is good. They'll appreciate the individual attention. How many students will be in the class?

Tracy Wandling said...

Hi Joan - I'm thinking there will be six in the class...with a few maybe's. It's really great fun!

laura said...

Congratulations on your class, Tracy; I'm sure your students will learn a lot!

Tracy Wandling said...

Thanks Laura - Well, I know I am learning a lot. It's interesting breaking down a process that now just comes naturally. I think teaching will definitely make me a better artist.