When I was in college, a little boy I was babysitting for came home from school in tears. He was carrying a page from a coloring book he’d done in “art class”, and his teacher gave him a C+. His father, an art professor of mine, called the teacher to ask why Daniel had received a low grade, the teacher explained, “He didn’t color inside the lines!” Had Daniel’s teacher recognized his unique spirit, his instinct to go beyond the confines of the image he was “supposed to color in”, he might still be making art today. – Annie Zeybekoglu
So often, the expectations and judgments of others have a tremendous (and unfairly persuasive) impact on how we feel about ourselves as artists, and the confidence we have in our creative potential. Andy Warhol cautioned us: “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
Drawing reveals how we think: it is always about more than a moment. We each bring different energies, different patterns of association, different preferences to how we express ourselves. Drawing is as much a discovery of those things as it is a development of technique or skill. When your pencil first touches the paper, something intensely personal happens, something worth pursuing and worth celebrating.
This class is about experimentation, honoring process over product, and beginning to recognize your “visual voice”. We will meet each week on Zoom for 30-40 minutes. You will receive an assignment or “prompt” for the coming week on which you should spend about an hour.
You can email your drawings to the instructor before the next class for individual feedback.
Open to all levels.