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Dynamic Drawing | Plan de cours // Course Outline

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Class 01: Tool use & Dynamic Sketching

We’ll talk about getting our hands ready to draw, tools, basic drawing exercises to use to both warm up and hone your fine motor controls. And introduce the class to full gesture movement studies and how we’ll be using dynamic moving subjects to challenge our observational and spontaneous drawing skills.

Relevant posts on the site are Here, HereHere, Here, Here, and Here.

Assignments: Sketchbooking begins! Draw a new sketch every day and fill a half page or more with basic drawing exercises. Use the study regime I outlined here.

Class 02: Body Eyes and Mind

At the start the instructor will introduce sumi brushes and brush pens. Then the class will have 1hr instruction in Tai Chi by an teacher from the The Montréal Tai Chi Club. We will be taught breathing and relaxation techniques, and then given a simple beginners introduction to this ancient graceful martial art. There is no expectation that anyone master the art in this class or later. After a short break, and then be treated to demonstration by the Instructor and we’ll do live fast studies of them for another hour. This session will focus on fast gesture drawing.

Assignment: Second wave of sketchbook practice, expanding on your pattern work, observational drawing too.

Class 03: Dynamic Compostion 

The instructor will talk and demonstrate on the topic of how to compose for a more dynamic feel, as well as other modes.

Then the class will use virtual plein air to explor framing for observational art, measuring and dead reckoning for drawing at any scale.

Assignment: Go out and sketch spaces in your environment, streets, park, homes. Employ a loose gestural freehand sketching technique in blue or red, before doing a tighters figurative pass if you want to clean up your drawings.

Class 04: Bending the picture plane.

Applying things we talked about in the previous class to the idea of both liner and curvilinear perspective and how to fudge it all in a loose gestural stage.

Introduction of the idea of a Long Study Series: Do a series of breakdowns of any selected image you want to learn from or refine for a final composition. Using the rule of thirds, simplification, light and shadow studies, and colour studies, develop the idea, or break down how someone else did.

Class 05: First Live Dynamic Gesture Session.

We’ll look as a group at some of your first Long Study Series subject selections. Then we’ll have our second live dynamic model, It’ll mostly be very fast paced quick gesture work again, 0:10 to 1.30 minute studies!

At the end as a cool down for the class, we’ll then have a few longer poses, to experiment with taking a gesture to a more complete stage with figurative drawing and shading surfaces quickly.

Assignment: Tackle some moving subjects in your sketchbook studies, from either video or the real world.

Class 06: Dance School Field Trip.

This student favorite is typically held off-site at one of several local dance schools. We arrange to visit and quietly sit off to one side while dance students are taught or rehearse their moves. It’s a full immersion into the experience of drawing subjects we don’t control. applying attentive observations and your fastest gesture skills to capture.

Assignment: Check up on Long Series. Also Sketch urban spaces and experiment with distortion and perspective. Continue to tackle some novel moving subjects in your sketchbook studies, from either video or the real world.

Class 07: Drawing Combat!

This class we’ll have in theatrical combat specialists, who will perform while we draw them! Starting with short 3 to 10 min studies, students will be encouraged to explore and experiment with alternate mediums and extended durations as the class proceeds. Building up and developing more layered and nuanced studies.

Assignment: Do some simple line gesture studies of combat photos posted on the class site from past sessions. Attempt to express the Forces you see in the combat poses, with line quality and gesture. Also do some light and shadow studies incorporating your wet media wash tools or some other means of adding shade/tone.

Class 08: Virtual Plein Air

After warming up, the class will share any work they’ve done and questions raised by their Long Series Studies.

Then for the rest of the class we’ll return to Plein Air again, we’ll look at some different sketching techniques, freehand perspective, and compostion notes from Class 3 and Class 4, in service of Plein Air sketching via tools like Google Street View.

Assignment: Try this virtual Plein Air technique at home to frame a location, save a screenshot, and do a long series study of that angle on it and maybe others too [angles].

 

Class 09: 2nd Dance School Field Trip.

This student favorite is typically held off-site at one of several local dance schools. We arrange to visit and quietly sit off to one side while dance students are taught or rehearse their moves. It’s a full immersion into the experience of drawing subjects we don’t control. applying attentive observations and your fastest gesture skills to capture.

Assignment: Take some of your quick study drawings from our dance school field trips, and compose it into a sketch composition.

Class 10: Drawing the band!

For our final class we’ll have a live band in class performing while we draw them for two hours!

There will be some Instruction emphasizing making a connection to sound as a source of rhythm in our line, and a finding ways to symbolically represent it on the page. And how to use the opportunity to observe the effect of rhythm in your art.

I fully encourage students to make this a new practice. Go to your favorite low key acoustic music events, and sketch them! Look for performers in the street, plays, anywhere, and try to capture some sense of their energy as a subject. It’s a fun challenge in general and a great way to make a night out also an interesting drawing experience.

Assignment: Keep drawing! Keep seeking out new things, push yourself to improve!

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