The Craft of Hand Drawing, II

At a class that I’m running in Hyde Park the students carefully observe the forms of a plaster copy of the mouth of Michelangelo’s statue of David, while they themselves wear N95 masks.

This is a scene of the third session of a ten-week workshop. For most of the kids this is their first formal drawing class. I like to put out my plaster casts, but also give them the option to do a copy of a two-dimensional drawing. At this age, I think that the emotional readiness to draw three dimensional objects from direct observation varies from one child to the next.

Covid Masks & Plaster Casts

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to (virtually) provide drawing lessons to a group of tweens from the Bronx. As I mentioned in my previous post this opportunity came about as the response to the quarantining advisories of the pandemic.

This fall, I’m working with a group of kids in the Hudson Valley. The classes are in-person, and we’ve been trying to follow the recommendations for “social distancing” and mask wearing.

This past week we looked at plaster casts. The kids had expressed an interest in learning how to draw people, so I thought it might be easier to start with drawing an ear, eye, and/or mouth first. Compared with the virtual class from last March I found it easier to demonstrate the kind of arm movements that are needed to draw lines with vitality.