I set a project on magnification which involved each student bringing in a small object and upping the scale. Some chose A1 and others A2. I will show the drawing done by Steve and post others as they become more complete. He chose a small dried sprig from a shrub in the garden. It looked a bit scruffy and discarded but has been infused with new life via the pencil and a fair amount of intense study.
This weeks session was only attended by two people but it was full of interest and discussion. We had been looking at a foundation art book and Steve’s son had questioned the validity of some of the drawings in the it, saying something like, that’s just scribbles or a kid could have done that. I am not sure of the exact phrases but it brought up that old question of what is art? We never came to any quick conclusions or went on any rants about how the artists are taking the p*** and raking it in at the expense of the honest majority. Our discussion was somewhat more stacatto and well tempered which made for a good start to an art session. No minds made up and good time was spent looking out onto the discarded twig with a sense of not knowing and a perhaps a little awe. The product of which was art. The drawing elevated an object that could easily be seen as not worthy of such attention. The fact that the twig had dried and withered actually added visual interest and the invested attention has represented it to us as a thing of beauty.
The scale of this drawing is hard to figure but it is A1 or 33.1 x 23.4 in, in old money. You can probably see the lines of measurement near the top of the leaves which I like to see as it gives this process a refreshing degree of honesty.
I had encouraged Steve to use cross hatching to describe the tone and this was followed through excellently and as Steve said was only really appreciated when the work was put up at a distance.