Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Charcoal figures 6

Wow, it's been a long time since I posted on here! We've been moving house, and had no internet for ages - but all's almost back to normal now. I have a lovely new studio looking over the Carson Valley. It floods with glorious sunrise light in the morning - my favorite time to work.

I've also been attending a figure drawing class with Phyllis Shafer - a real treat for me. It's a much more academic class than I've ever attended, and I feel like I'm getting something of the classical education I always dreamed of. It's really helping me to loosen my drawing style, and I feel like I'm learning to look and make marks from scratch. I think I've said before that I regard my art career as a lifelong apprenticeship, and taking this class is a humbling reminder of the skills I have which need refinement.

I'm going to be teaching a class at Lake Tahoe Community College in January, entitled 'Discovering and Developing Creative Imagination II'. The course is an exploration of the creative process, including sources of inspiration and developing an idea. It is an introduction to art through two and three dimensional experiments in drawing, design, ceramics and sculpture. I'm really excited about teaching again - it's been a while! If anybody is interested in taking the course, you can visit the college website: the course code is ART 105.