July 15th, Ty Smith, "Source / Measurement / Shift, Still Life Drawing from Observation to Abstraction."

Ty Smith
Ty Smith, " Mountain Side (after Chris Whitley)" oil and charcoal on canvas, 22"x20"
Ty Smith
Ty Smith, " Mountain Side (after Chris Whitley)" oil and charcoal on canvas, 22"x20"

July 15th, Ty Smith, "Source / Measurement / Shift, Still Life Drawing from Observation to Abstraction."

50.00

Smith is on the faculty at the University of Alabama Birmingham.

Learn more about this artist at the following website tysmithart.com

July 15th, 8:30 - 4:30pm (break for lunch around noon)

Please arrive 15 minutes early to set up.

Drawing is a responsive process; an engagement with what we see and feel. Drawing is a dialogue with the past, with artists, traditions, and principles. Drawing is not about labels or categories; and it is not about style. In this workshop, we will use drawing to challenge how one responds to a source, how to trust your instincts, and how the drawing itself can suggest new directions. How do we engage in the act of drawing, and discover something personal, visual, and specific to our present experiences?

Source / Measurement / Shift will look to the information and structures we see to make connections in drawing. Using direct observation as the initial method of working, students will explore visual and personal connections from both the natural source and the drawing. The workshop will focus on drawing as a process of responding, and is open to those interested in figuration and abstraction. A straight edge will be used to visually measure and divide. As linear marks are made, grid-like structures will form, and will introduce new relationships and possibilities. Some of the ideas we will discuss are complexity, measurement, surface, energy, space, and light. Discussions will take place as a group and one on one.

Materials:

2-3 sheets of Arches Cover paper (22 x 30 in)

straight edge (yard stick, foam or matte board, etc)

vine charcoal

erasers

paper towels or rags

small jar of gesso

paint brushes (cheaper the better)

scissors or cutting blade

tape

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