Students in Art 1 learned a second way to approach a drawing problem, which is kind of the opposite of contour line drawing. They learned about gesture drawing, which artists use to get a sense of the whole, or the essential qualities of the object or pose. While gesture drawing, students used vine charcoal and tried to capture figure poses in less than 30 seconds. They focused on the spine of the figure, basic shapes, and lines that would draw them from one feature to the next. They also used the side of their charcoal to show mass and weight within the pose.
The gesture drawings were ephemeral and most of them were erased before the class ended. Here are a few more in pencil that did not get erased.
|Students take turns posing for each other in class.|