Its been so much fun these past few weeks teaching these kids about something that can make such a difference in their “art journey”. Growing up, sketching was something that I just did. I would watch my mom doodle on phone books while she talked on the phone, my dad was always sketching the next project or a new piece of stained glass, even my brother would sketch epic battles between stick figure armies that would sometimes take up pages and pages of a notebook (or the back of a church bulletin ). Sketching is something that is universally important no matter what career these kids decide on.
I’ve introduced sketching to these guys as “taking visual notes and being able to present ideas in a visual way”, and who wouldn’t want to be better at doing that! The first week we talked a lot about sketching, looking at famous “sketches” including the works of Da Vinci, Walter Anderson, Van Gogh, and (the kids favorite I think) all the background artists for every Disney movie ever made (including my favorite Eyvind Earle).
Then we went to Pinehurst Park to practice a little sketching from life.
We talked about all the different ways to sketch, we drew maps, we sketched buildings, we drew light poles. All in all we documented the park.
The next week we took a field trip to the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art
to check out their exhibition in the lower gallery, American Regionalism: Works on Paper, where we saw lots of drawings and watercolors that could easily have begun as sketches.
We finished up the class by brushing up on our drawing basics, reviewing simple 3 dimensional shapes and how to use them all together to make complicated things.
And that brings us to this week! This week, we reviewed all that we learned last week and practiced by designing a city using cylinders, cones, cubes, and pyramids.
Once we finished our cities, we went out and had a scavenger hunt throughout Downtown Laurel, searching for our simple shapes, and drawing them whenever we found them.
I have had such a great time with these guys so far this summer, and I’m looking forward to the rest of my time teaching them! I always say that I’m going to have to keep teaching kids, because they keep me creative… and this group is no exception!