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 ...

Definitely not the Olympics!

Yes, that's me sprawled in the soft snow -- and laughing.  I thought I knew how to turn sharply left at the bottom of the steep hill.  But evidently -- put to the test -- I didn't.  This is definitely not the Olympics! Have you, like me, been watching the competitions from Sochi?  Do you, like me, cry out in sympathy when athletes wipe out?  These people are all so skilled at hurtling swiftly over slippery surfaces or spinning their bodies ...