With the start of 2008, one of the things that I wanted to do this year was take some kind of art class. I wanted to do something that would allow me to think in other ways rather than through the viewfinder. For ages, I’ve really wanted to take a formal class in printmaking (etchings, intaglio, lino and woodblock, etc.)…do illustrations…and paint. But I realized that almost all of the things that I want to do involve drawing of some sort. Or at least the technical basis that comes along with drawing.
I’ve taken some bio illustration classes in college: learning how to draw plants, wildlife, and smaller natural subject matter. But it’s been a long time and I’ve never really worked with subject matter other than nature.
Well, I signed up for a semester of Drawing I that I go to once a week with my drawing paper and pencils in hand. And the best part is…it’s FREE! There’s about 30 people in my class, which seems to have gotten smaller since we began three weeks ago. In just the three weeks of class, I feel as though I’ve learned so much and my teacher is fabulous. It really seems to have become a highlight of the week for me and I find myself wanting to draw more and more. It seems to be motivating me in other creative aspects as well. I’ve been doing a lot more photography and I’ve been viewing things differently…and asking myself, “I wonder if I could draw that”. So we’ll see what happens.