THE ART OF DRAWING: SURFACE & DEPTH
Taught by Marcia Rackow
Each semester accents either drawing, pastel, or watercolor. In this class, based on the Siegel Theory of Opposites, a student’s mind and hand, seeing and imagination, logic and emotion are encouraged to work together. Some subjects are: Intimacy and Grandeur in Still Life; How Much Can Small Objects Mean to Us?; There Is Space In, Around, and Between Things.
The Fall semester of classes is now in session. For information about auditing classes, call the Registrar at 212.777.4490.
“THE YIELDINGNESS THAT MAKES FOR STRENGTH”
This semester as we work in pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel, or watercolor, we’ll be looking at the opposites of firmness and flexibility—how they are in the ordinary objects around us, and in the idea and technique of every drawing or painting. We’ll be studying Eli Siegel’s great essay “Art As Flexibility” in which he says
Art shows reality as resisting, bending; asserting, fading—which is how it is. Reality is as it changes, and flexibility in art is a visual likelihood of a thing’s changing in space, while remaining what it is….Yieldingness as sight is much in pictures; the yieldingness that makes for strength is what we look for in art
We’ll be discussing what it means to achieve in our work “the yieldingness that makes for strength”, and as we do, we will also learn about ourselves. “All beauty,” Aesthetic Realism states, “is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”
MATERIALS: pencils, charcoal or conté crayon, pastels, watercolors. Pads should be a minimum of 9” x 12” (larger if possible).
DATES: Sept 15, 29, Oct 13, (Oct 27: no class, due to Gala Benefit), Nov 3, 10, 24, Dec 8
Alternate Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Beginning date of this class: Sat ,Sept 15
Fee: $60 per semester (7 classes)