Experimental Drawing

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Adults (16+)
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 8:00pm

Class Dates:

  • Tuesday August 28th 6-8pm
  • Tuesday September 4th 6-8pm
  • Tuesday September 11th 6-8pm
  • Tuesday September 18th 6-8pm
  • Tuesday September 25th 6-8pm

Students will be subjected to varying times in darkness using blind guided exercises with both dominant and non-dominant hands, and varying degrees of light and time allowed for drawing. This method creates another dimension of observation.  When one is in a space that is totally devoid of light (No ambient light or light leaks, such as one would experience in the depths of a cave) after a time without light, the brain creates light, or a hallucination based on recent stimulus. This is not inconsistent with the way shamans use sensory deprivation to stimulate observations that develop belief systems.  It also parallels the notion of gestalt, in that the brain attempts to create a whole out of related elements.

This method requires that students suspend judgment, develop tactical awareness of their materials, hone their observation skills, and work without convention as they draw. Though one could create an intellectual argument that this method is a ‘convention’ of its own, Dennis doesn't perceive it that way. His approach it as an ”experimental drawing”  activity intended to assist the student in developing their own personal vision that is not burdened by convention. 

Some guided meditation exercises may be used to emphasize the importance of mindfulness while drawing.

Artwork shown is by former experimental drawing students, Emma Berry (still life) and Valerie Quigley (portrait).

This class is being taught by local artist Dennis Kern. To learn more about Dennis and his work, visit his website: http://www.rvpress.com/


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