It is my opinion that we are too often too meticulous and careful in our actions in work and play. Surely,these actions have consequences, but sometimes the best actions and decisions are made in a fraction of the time. This opinion carries into the art making process as well and I imposed this opinion – and a new creative process to Drawing and Painting students the week of 2/6.
This art making process required students to create drawings starting at a 20 minute limit and speeding up to 3 second gestures at the end. This activity was borrowed by a teacher I had in graduate school (Haig Demarjian). Each drawing of the object needs to be finished within the allotted time. As the time limits get more stringent, the artist needs to make decisions on simplifying the object and often times combining several marks into a single streak.
The marks almost turn to abstraction as some artists get so bored with the repetition of several timed sketches completed in a row. As this boredom sets in, this often makes the artist make subconscious decisions that alter the object into something new. In the least, the drawings become quite expressive and the forms become less representational. This shift in approach will catapult us into creating abstract art.
It was important for each student to lay out all of their drawings in timed succession to see how their thought process and muscle memory affected the outcomes. They also enjoyed seeing over 1,600 drawings/paintings strewn across the Main Street hallway.
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