The artist within
I have not given an art class before, but as an artist myself I believe within everyone there is an artist and if you are willing that artist can be found and will emerge. With that in mind I offered Thursday evening art lessons. We had 17 starters and, with a few dropouts who decided it wasn’t their thing, we have a dedicated group of 12 who are making some real progress.
We did start with some pretty boring technical lessons on how to draw and how to get into that focused state of mind to really be able to do credible pieces so the first couple of lessons weren’t that much fun but foundations are foundations. And what a great investment those couple of weeks were for the new works that are starting to emerge! Already we have an artist with a signature style that could take him places, another guy is doing a portrait of his wife that will melt her heart and another is developing his quirky humour into a unique form of self expression.
Was funny to see the, “you are joking” faces, when I put pumpkins on the table and asked people to draw them but it was the pumpkins that did the trick. It all suddenly made sense and the works began to come out as something with form. Lord Casey was a model one week and, whilse each drawing was very different, each one was identifiable as the subject. Last week we started at 7pm and I had to kick them out at 10pm - they just wanted to keep going.
Now we are casting a wider view as styles and genres are beginning to become favoured by different artists with one person's trash another’s treasure. My enjoyment of Picasso is not to everyone’s taste but so far we have tried everything from Warhol to traditional Japanese landscapes.