Last week I started a few continuing education courses. Six weeks, three classes. Introduction to Acrylic Painting, Experimental Drawing, and Make Believe, Draw. I'll share a bit of what I learned and made each week.
Intro to Acrylic Painting
I'm new to acrylic painting. I've done tons of painting with watercolor, gouache, ink and dyes for commercial design, but really never engaged with opaque paint on canvas in a fine art context. This introduction class will cover the fundamentals and help me become less awkward handling paint and an palette. It will be primarily painting still life from observation. This first week we discussed value and only used black and white paint to keep it beginner basic. We painted a value chart, and a quick still life study of metal objects. This is a 5x7" canvas painted in about 20 minutes with one size flat brush. I loved painting it. And even with all its flaws, I'm hooked and I'm really looking forward to painting more.
Then it was Experimental Drawing. Along with exploring unique drawing processes, the class is focusing on developing community among the members of the class. In the first week we developed collaborative drawings. Each member of the class drew with a different colored stabilo pen to build up a symphony of lines. These are just three of the group. It's interesting to see the personality of each person within their color, and how they relate.
Make Believe, Draw.
Finally the third class called Make Believe, Draw. As the title might suggest, it's a class that will emphasize drawing from imagination. This first week we discussed early cultures (that didn't have photographic technology) and cave paintings, among other things. In that spirit, the walls were covered in brown drawing paper, and we drew all over it with charcoal and chalk. We were asked to think about animals and humans, perhaps their combination, and draw what came to our minds. I have had a thing for snakes lately, and making up new creatures is so fun.
We then worked on human facial features, a brief lesson on facial anatomy and structure, and drew imaginary faces. To be continued in color next week.