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.
VOLUME—DESIRED IN ART & LIFE
One of the great dramas of art is how volume—the touchable, graspable, weighty world—can be presented on a flat surface! This semester we will look at this fundamental aspect of drawing with the great principle of Aesthetic Realism as our basis: “All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”
In his groundbreaking lecture titled “Volume and the Unconscious” Eli Siegel explained:
The unconscious purpose of a person is to give himself true relief. Egoism is flat. In art, while there’s a desire to maintain the nothingness of surface, the nothingness of plane, there is likewise a desire to have volume….Volume is reality as something you can touch and grasp; it is what you see, thought of as having form, weight, possibly motion. Volume has to do with rolling: being rounded. We speak of knowledge as “well-rounded.” Why do we want our thought to be rounded? It is a means of giving it volume.
To better understand how three dimensions can be conveyed on a two-dimensional surface we’ll continue experimenting with various drawing techniques as described by Kimon Nickolaides in The Natural Way to Draw.
MATERIALS: Conté crayon, charcoal, newsprint pad (minimum size 12” x 18”, larger if possible), also if you wish, pastel and watercolor.
DATES: Sept. 14, 28, Oct.12, Nov. 2, Nov. 16, 30, Dec. 14
Alternate Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Beginning date of this class: Sat ,Sept 15
Fee: $60 per semester (7 classes)