January 2015 – I was allowed to sit on a Drawing I class for the fall 2014 semester. The class was Art 153: Drawing I, taught by Professor Jane Brucker. I wanted to (re)learn how to draw since I haven’t spent time drawing in years. I have been wanting too, but never gave myself the time and focus to sit down and just draw.
I learned a lot in class: negative spaces, blind and contour line drawing, perspective, light and dark and ways of tricking your brain to draw detail images. I was in a class comprised of mostly Animation majors and one or two Studio Arts majors. One of the challenges I experienced was time and focus. Some class sessions were good and some class sessions were frustrating. It was not the class itself. It was me. The frustration was allowing myself time to 1) take a break from work, especially since I am the type of person who works through her lunch hour or eats while working and 2) shut my work brain off and get into a zone and draw. Sometimes my brain moved so fast running through a mental list of things to do and take care of on the work front. As a result, during some of the class sessions, I would get frustrated with myself and my drawings not feeling they were not up to par as I wanted my drawings to be.
Even though I experienced these challenges, I still learned a lot. I took this class with a lot of humility, especially since the students around me had had more time and experience drawing. I got excited at times when I saw I was able to draw some of the things I never thought I could draw. I also got excited that I can draw even the simple, basic things that sometimes an experience artist can take for granted.
The photos below are some of my drawing projects in the class. The projects focused on blind and contour line drawings, light and dark and negative spaces.
It was also a good experience to take a class with a Professor who is part of the department I provide support for. It was a pleasure to work alongside with the students and getting to know some of them, especially when we worked as a group on the puzzle mural project.