Sunday, September 1, 2019

Experimental, Expressive Drawing

I  have been sending out a couple of statements on my  approach to both drawing and mixed media and wanted to secure them here , for viewers not receiving my newsletters on Mail Chimp. Here is my newest statement on my drawing class and process.

                             EXPERIMENTAL, EXPRESSIVE DRAWING 
                                   September 10- November 19 Tuesday 1-4 pm.
                               Lafayette Studio, 1136K Saranap Ave. Walnut Creek, CA 94595
                               Tuition: $325  Pre-register: 

     It is so exciting for me to record marks- of all kinds and with all tools- on paper or canvas.
I think drawing is very much a visual dance.  One line motivates another- and when does the thinness or thickness of a line become a shape?  Does that line imprison a form or does it set it free?  Whether it is a feather, a toothpick, a stick or a traditional tool I am fascinated by this force that propels us to make marks.  

   1. Drawing, historically,  has been considered an adjunct, a preparation, a think time for working out ideas destined for other mediums.  To many it is about rendering form from what we see, giving it volume and clarity.

2.Drawing can be about giving form to the formless, making the invisible visible.  It can be about recording internal realities, dreams, fantasizes.  It can be about manifesting spirit.

3.Drawing can be about creating order out of chaos; it is about doodling and random mark making.

4. Ultimately, drawing is about YOU and your personal form of handwriting.  It is about creating your ownworld.

This class embarks on a journey to expand your understanding of drawing to include all of the above processes.  We make a big distinction between descriptive drawing ( documentary) and expressive drawing ( emotion based).  So, how will we go about this?
1. We work with multiple dry media- graphite, charcoal, soft pastel, pigments.
2. We will sometimes work large, explore unusual mark making tools.
3.We do blur the boundary between drawing & painting in our experiments.