CBMS Choice-Based Art Studio

CBMS Choice-Based Art Studio
CBMS Choice-Based Art Studio

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The World as Light Box

One holds the horse stead - the other draws
Some say art is about transformation.
That is how I am thinking about the activities of two 5th graders last week. On day two the Drawing Center “opened.” The various tools, materials, references and resources artists use when they draw were highlighted and a box of animal models was introduced. One artist decided she wanted to draw from the horse model and slipped out the door with a friend to use the sun for some help. Using the cast shadow as a reference, a drawing was made.
What this artist did was transform a three dimensional object into a two dimensional one that was easier to draw on a two dimensional sheet of drawing paper.
Pretty clever.
But it was very hard for her drawing assistant to hold the horse still enough to get a good shadow tracing, so - 
Looking at the shadow cast above, I think a lesson on Lascaux Cave paintings is next...
the next day they came to the studio, I had an old overhead projector set up, with the horse standing by. The two girls who initiated this project knew at once that this apparatus was for them, and began to experiment with it, producing several drawings before moving on to other work.