It is said that you should begin at the beginning, that is no truer than learning how to draw. Beginning drawing class, taught by Jaime Combs, has throughout the first half of the course delved into the basic techniques involved in learning to draw.What I have come to understand from my evenings spent at the Smithsonian Associates is that drawing allows the student to view objects in a new way and how to translate what they see in real life into what they draw on paper.
The first class was a fun and wacky way to look at objects in a new light. Students teamed up with one another, one of the students would describe an object while the other had to draw it without knowing what it actually was. This led to some very interesting drawings and quite a few chuckles amongst the students. For the first time artists this was an exercise in using the tools of an artist and understanding shapes and how they fit together.
Over the weeks we have learned a myriad of ways to view and draw simple objects like paper bags, tea boxes, eggs, and cardboard boxes. We looked at subtractive drawing- using charcoal and an eraser to draw lines and contours. For our class on linear perspective we drew cubes using rulers, horizon lines and vanishing points which was very technical and interesting way to understand and draw a three dimensional box and make it actually look like a cube. Jamie Combs, the teacher, is attentive to each students needs and skill level. While each student works on his or her drawing she circles around the room helping and nudging each student in the right direction.
This really is a class for beginners and those students who want to brush up on the drawing skills they haven't used in quite some time. We focus on simple still life objects with simple lines and contours, knowing how to shade an item. This is a class that makes you look at an item, really look at it and see how it works and how to translate that into a work of art. If you're
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