50. DEVELOPING MY TEACHING CHOPS (BASIC DRAWING, PART 4)
WORDS AND CONCEPTS CAN BLIND US VISUALLY
THE POWER OF SHAPE
To understand the power of shape, it helps to look at great art, not only to become more visually literate but also to see how great artists through the ages have relied on the strength of shapes to make their statement. Their final compositions are tight and the shapes...both positive and negative...fit together like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle.
I shared with my classes great works of art that illustrated the paramount importance of simple shape in creating powerful, expressive images...
BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOS INTO ESSENTIAL LINES AND SHAPES
Using the 'Family of Man' book, I had the students work from photos of their choice and create drawings of contour lines and basic shapes...
I was learning how to articulate these aspects of seeing and drawing while I was mastering them myself, and learning how to teach. And these discoveries affected my own art. I was thinking about and acting on things I had never quite mastered. This made it all fresh and exciting to me.