Christine Thornton's Art Studio

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Drawing from Observation



Art Start October 2017

Art Start students practiced the fun and challenging task of drawing from observation. I brought two bicycles into the studio and we got to work! Drawing is as much about seeing as it is about what you do with your hands. Bikes are complicated visually with lots of interesting parts. It can be overwhelming! But by focusing on one little section at a time, one shape, one line, it can be done. So many good lessons! We talked about proportion and did a lot of comparing one part to another: what is higher, the seat or the handle bars? where are the handle bars in relationship to the front wheel? how do the pedals make the wheels turn? They drew with pencil first, then had the choice of permanent marker or colored pencil for finishing touches. Bravo, artists!