Why should art students learn to draw from life? My students; photography majors, graphic design majors and even illustration and studio majors do not readily understand why learning to draw accurately from life has significance for them. The answer to that question is complex, and I want to explore it more fully, but first, perhaps we […]
How Do You Learn to Be an Artist?
January 15, 2012 Mercedes Matter was an important figure in 20th century American art, both as a painter and one deeply involved in the education of artists. As founder of the New York Studio School, where she taught and served as dean, Matter helped shape generations of artists as well as the critical discourse about […]
35 Great Drawings
If you copied each of these with a lot of accuracy and diligence, I think you would learn everything you need to know about drawing…and besides they are so great to look at.
Kyle Staver Talk
Kyle Staver visited WCSU last year and I keep meaning to write about her work. Everyone enjoyed the talk, but for me it was all about the images. The most recent works, based on classic mythical stories were filled with light and space. And with Kyle’s permission I thought it would be fun to analyze a […]
Watteau and Uncertainty
This painting by Watteau was part of a lecture that Stan Lewis gave at WCSU last week. We all had a great time talking about it and I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about how the things that happen in painting hook up with two books I have been reading, “The […]