Henry Moore Inspired (Classes)

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During the summer break I had visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and had been very impressed with the Henry Moore exhibition and had been particularly surprised by the quality of the drawings on show there. The ones I really liked were of stonehenge and of hands (presumably his own)

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Stonehenge IV 1973 Henry Moore OM, CH 1898-1986 Presented by the artist 1975 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P02176

Stonehenge IV 1973 Henry Moore OM, CH 1898-1986 Presented by the artist 1975 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P02176

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After the break I wanted to look at these drawings and find out what their qualities were through the class drawing their own hands and objects and reflecting on the Henry Moore work.

We started with some objects from around the studio and used fine-liner pens from seawhite to draw them. The aim was to draw like a sculptor. That is so that when the drawing is finished, sometime in the future you would be able to make a sculpture from the information within your drawings. This meant describing contour as well as shading.

Here are the first set of drawings. The first image is a drawing Jon did of his own hand made mandolin!

The next task was to try and emulate the hand drawings and also to try and tackle the clasped hands. Very tricky when you are holding a pen and drawing with one of them.

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The week following we stayed with hands but this time used monochrome gouache. Some were done on coloured paper.

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And to go full circle on the use of media we went back to some of the objects originally drawn and painted them. Some chose a new and different object.

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We used coloured  paper to help with some of the mid-tones. This is a lot less daunting a task although the paper is a bit flimsy when too much water is applied.

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