Working from Observation (“direct observation”)

In September, for many schools it’s the start of another school year, and if you are a DP visual arts student, you will be either returning for your 2nd year or starting your first. Where to Start? Of course, your teacher will probably suggest some initial directions that your art might follow to start with, but – depending on how much freedom you have – you might want to explore one of the most traditional routes in art-making: working from observation. I have ...

Is Drawing Dead?

Do you teach basic drawing skills?   In February 2012 the always creative and occasionally provocative Jayson Paterson started a thread on the OCC forum entitled “Is Drawing Dead?” Since then there have been 16 replies and more than 360 views. Jayson explains “I want to emphasise again that I am not suggesting that drawing is dead in this discussion thread, but wanting to open up discussion as to what has been added to an artist's basic toolbox in this 21st Century ...

THE NUDE

In some cultures it is difficult - if not impossible - to run life drawing workshops for DP art students if the model (male or female) is nude. For some of the members of the school administration, parents, and possibly other teachers and students in those cultures, its a step too far. However, when it is possible, it can be a  real learning experience. A day devoted to an intensive period of observational study inevitable improves students' observational and analytical skills, ...