Yesterday was the final Drawing in Museums class that I wrote about last week and the week before. For the finale, we sketched sculptures of heads in the American Gallery. First, Paul inspired us with books full of incredible drawings by master artists, such as Michelangelo and Hans Holbein the Younger.
Before class: Paul shares drawing books in the Kogod Courtyard
After Paul's demo-sketch in the gallery, we spent the rest of class sketching. Paul encouraged us to warm-up by drawing various angles of the head we chose, “keeping it loose and light.” Here are photos of Paul teaching and of students sketching.
We were sad to see this class end. Paul was an awesome instructor. He shared his wealth of knowledge with enthusiasm and compassion. Here is his website, where you can read about how he’s applied his multitude of diverse passions throughout his fascinating career. The 3 drawing books he shared today are called “Michelangelo Draftsman,” “The Art of Drawing,” and “Holbein and the Court of Henry VIII,” pictured below.
At the end of class, he also recommended 2 exhibits currently on display at the Hirshhorn Museum: Linn Meyers' “Our View from Here,” and Robert Irwin’s “All the Rules Will Change.” I’ve seen both, and they truly are worth a visit! Thanks for reading, stay cool and enjoy the week. :)
-Haley Moen, Summer 2016 Studio Arts Intern