"....there's something that's very intense about the experience of sitting down and having to look at something in the way that you do in order to make a drawing or a painting of it. By the time you've done that you feel that you've really understood what you were looking at...and somehow it becomes a method of possessing the experience in a unique way." -- Robert Bechtle
Monday, April 30, 2012
Posted by Aubrey Levinthal
I came across that quote recently in a book about drawing. Because I have been teaching a beginning drawing class at the Main Line Art Center it really resonated with me and what my students are finding. In their drawings I can see them thinking and re-seeing and trying to translate it onto paper, a quality I think is always important in a good drawing.
As a result of trying to help them along, I looked for examples online of student work that seemed achievable (I always found master drawings too hard to grasp when I started out drawing myself.) So the images here are some of my personal favorite finds by anonymous students, not mine. I didn't show them these pieces because I don't think they would like them as they are after a more elegant look at this point -- but I find these and some of their in class drawings to be outstanding in the way they embrace intense looking at their subject.