Thursday, November 7, 2013

Drawing, as an adult

I finished my Master's in August, but I love learning so much that I signed up for a drawing class through the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It's not your typical drawing class though...
It meets in a different pub each week. 
The class pretty much combines two of my favorite things; drawing and beer. But really, the class is an opportunity for me to get out of the house, meet new people and enjoy drawing. There are only eleven people in the class, including the instructor. The first session was on Halloween, so only five of us were there. (I am guessing the other six either have kids, were out partying or didn't want to chance going in town) The instructor had us start by playing a few rounds of the Exquisite Corpse game.
If you have never played before, you should definitely bring out the drawing pencils at your next party. Very basically, each person gets a piece of paper and folds it into thirds. On the first third, the first person draws a head. This person makes sure to draw a few guidelines into the next third before passing it to the person to the right. This person then draws the mid-section of the figure without looking at the head. Guidelines are drawn and passed to the third person who adds the feet, or bottom of the figure. We played three times, which was enough time for a beer and some food, and each drawing was progressively strange. Salvador Dali and his Surrealist friends would play this game at parties. Its a great way to get the creativity flowing.

From here, we began drawing each other at the table. The image above is my second drawing of the night. I was so hesitant to draw people that I really focused on the architecture of the dining room. Hopefully I get a little more comfortable. But at the same time, this is one of the first drawings I have really done in pen. It felt really satisfying.

We ended the evening with gesture drawings in the bar. I filled about three pages with thirty second scribbles while my classmates tried to complete multiple minute drawings. Above is a bearded gentleman pouring a beer from a pitcher.

Mind you, it was also Halloween... above was some cat lady with pearls and a man wearing a squid hat.

Unfortunately the next class is also the night of parent/ teacher conferences, so I will have to miss out. :(

1 comment:

  1. What a fun sounding class! You are lucky to have the big city resource for programs like this. I'd love to take this class. My first exposure to exquisite corpse was in college, when a boyfriend and his buddies formed a group (called 'Art Attack'). They were all heavily into cartooning of the R. Crumb variety, and their EQ drawings were usually twisted, semi-pornographic pieces of artistic genius! I played the game with my students (without the twisted pornographic stuff!) and we made monsters, creatures, and at holiday time, crazy elves.