Yesterday was the third Drawing in Museums class, which is flying by. Next week is our final session, and I will certainly miss it! Yesterday we all drew the same sculpture, The Dying Tecumseh.
Other students ventured up and sat up on various spots on the staircase.
No matter where you sat, the sculpture provided an exciting and challenging subject to draw. Our instructor, Paul, encouraged us throughout the class and was very impressed at the end! There are some gem artists in the group. During the class, Paul encouraged us to “cheat” if we were stuck. “Cheating” means checking out others's work. It’s helpful and fun to see different perspectives and approaches. The group truly is full of some wonderful artists and people.
Here we are taking a “cheat” break and looking at a student’s work-in-progress.
The most important lesson I learned today was the benefit of starting over. Although it’s a bit frustrating to start from scratch on any project that you dedicate time to, it’s necessary. As Paul said in class, “I’m pretty sure Shakespeare wrote drafts.” Ha!
After about twenty minutes of trying to figure out what I was looking at, Paul advised me to start over. Here’s what I had at first:
I didn’t get the entire sculpture on the picture and the proportions are way off. Better start from scratch!
Here’s my second version that was far from finished but better than the first sketch.
Photos by Haley Moen
Many students started again as well – some even 4 or 5 times. By the end, everyone had beautiful drawings. It was a great reminder on the art of starting new.
-Haley Moen, Summer 2016 Studio Arts Intern