The problem with being organized is that you lose spontaneity and the problem with being spontaneous is that you lose organization skills. When you try to equilibrate science and art you need to switch your brain from one mode to another all the time which is extremely difficult. You need to make some sort of a schedule to get everything done and then - at some set time you have a couple of hours and you say to your brain - forget about your organization skills, rationality and smartness, switch to a totally different, shady, shaky and not defined state and create. On command. And… just don't forget you have two hours to do it. Does it sound easy? That's how I operate :)
Katerina also drew an octopus (but she is in different age group, so it would be in a different set of images), then she couldn't stop and drew another fish when everybody left. She was enjoying it so much that I got jealous and also drew a fish :) So now you have a bunch of pictures to look at :)
Here is the link to Facebook album
We played a Word game. How to play? Easy :) You shuffle some (prepared) words and choose two without looking. When you get your two words you need to think about the ideas of how to combine those two words – don’t choose the first idea, write down 4-5 of them, and then choose (now you can choose the first one if you still like it most). And then – draw!
You would be surprised – but sometimes real illustrators use very similar process to find an idea for the illustration! I mean not the game (who knows, maybe that as well) – but writing down different ideas, brainstorming them with other people and choosing the best one!
This Thursday we were again playng, and developing imagination.
Participants needed to create a chimera from two existing animals. Chimera (from Greek mythology) is an animal composed of parts of more than one animal.
We had some photo-references which people could use. That was a lot of fun! Check out the results in the photo-gallery. Our chimeras are awesome :))))
Check out the Facebook album if you are curious about all the chimera's names:
This Sunday's Taster class was intended to be for children 11 to 14 years old. But this is a dead season in Boston - everyone is on vacation - so I could get only two children of required age to participate. But my friend called and asked if she could come with her 8 year old son and my husband also decided to join :) So we had a mixed-age group, which worked out great!
The class was about drawing an animal and I have chosen quite an unusual animal - an aardvark. They are African ant-eaters, "earth pigs" (translation from Afrikaans) and pretty amazing animals. Google them - you will enjoy what you see!
For the first part of the class the participants were drawing aardvarks from the photo-references, then they draw couple of animals from imagination (on the photos below they are all mixed). On the pictures you might see some skeletons - that's because we had a photo-reference of aardvark's skeleton as well (to understand how it moves and how the legs are positioned).
So, after the students got used to drawing aardvarks they were assigned to draw or paint aardvark in the media of their choice. We had colored marker, black marker, gouache, colored pencils and oil pastels used on white paper, white carton, carton covered with gesso, and black paper. Check out the results! They are beautiful!
During this week's Fun Thursday Drawing we had a game developing the imagination :) See the Facebook album for the pictures www.facebook.com/kouzzaArt/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2073641966194143
This is not even an exercise – it’s a game! My kids and I play it for fun, for example on the plane, or when we have some time. It’s simple – you draw a complicated scribble for each other, then you are supposed to find a creature, or a person, or a face, or something else – in it. Outline what you've found with a thicker pen or marker, add color, details (eyes, texture, whatever) – the result is usually a lot of fun and sometimes even looks like a piece of art! If you don’t have a partner to play with you can draw the scribble for yourself – not a big difference, using other person’s scribble just adds, how to say… intrigue!
This artistic game increases your imagination, teaches you to find interesting stuff around you, and makes you more relaxed – and all this is good for the artist!
Here are some examples of Katerina's and my creations from our flight to Alaska:
This game is a lot of fun, you can involve quite young children in it. The youngest participant this Thursday was 6. She was shy at the beginning and told that she cannot see anything in the scribble, but then got involved and kept herself busy for good fifteen minutes. Her creation is really expressive. That's the "waves on the beach" - see the Facebook album. I'd say people starting 4 years old and up to 100 years (or even higher) will be entertained - and all you need is some paper, pens and pencils. For us it's usually at least two-three rounds of the game, so it could be pretty handy on the plane with kids :) You are welcome ;)
We had an adult taster class in July which I haven't written about yet. Four wonderful artistic people came to my house. One of them is my neighbor and three others we had met during the Fun Thursday Drawing Night (as part of Natick Nights).
The task was to draw a poster-style self-portrait in gouache. The process was fun and interesting, we talked a lot, not only about art but life in general. That's actually how art classes usually are - people get to know each other and have really nice time together.
I want to claim that the first words I have heard from Philip when he approached our table on Thursday were - "I don't know how to draw" :) I told him - "Maybe you should try and see if it's true?" And - see the pictures ;)
All the works are impressive and beautiful! Thank you, guys!
We just don’t remember all the details, that’s how our brain works. So when you look at the paper and try to draw the thing that you actually don’t remember clearly you start to have problems…
Blind contour drawing helps to overcome those problems. If you practice it regularly you will learn to draw exactly what you see :) Some pictures from the event are here:
See you next Thursday! We will have something new to play with!
Upside Down Drawing
The photo report from this Thursday is on Facebook www.facebook.com/Kouzza-1654308768127467/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2047653602126313
This Thursday the creative people of Natick found a new drawing challenge waiting for them near Morse Library :) They were presented with a number of line drawings to choose from. I had line drawings pulled from the internet, with some famous artists included. Guess what - the absolute leader of chosen images was Picasso! The brave participants were told to turn the line drawing upside down and copy it, paying attention to the lines and shapes they see. The results were pretty cool!
Here is the explanation: This is a great exercise for your right brain. Turning a picture upside down makes it difficult for the left side of brain to analyze what you see. While it struggles with trying to name and identify parts of the picture the right side uses this time to do what it does best – processing visual information in terms of lines, shapes, angles, lengths and directions. This helps you to create a more precise drawing of what you see, not of what you think you see. This is a goal for each artist – to start seeing objects as a combination of shapes and lines, engaging your right brain in the process, even when the object is not turned upside down.
You could also find another line drawing and try to copy it regular way and upside down and see which one is more accurate.
See you next Thursday! We will have something new to play with!