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Monday, September 15, 2014

So you can't draw a straight line, redux.

Martha's first painting. And for those who know us too well, let me say up front that that's not a whisky bottle.
You may remember my friend Amy telling me last summer that she couldn’t draw a straight line, and me challenging her to let me teach her. Her sister Martha was in town this week, and she asked me if she could come to my painting class on Saturday.

Like Amy, Martha has a doctorate from a prestigious American university. She also recently went back and got an MS in landmark preservation from an art school. However, the last time Martha actually took a hands-on art class was when she was a freshman at Brighton High School. (By my calculations, that must have been at least twenty years ago.)

Her sketch for the same.
Here is her drawing, and here is her painting—both done in a single three-hour class.

“This is some kind of parlor trick,” my daughter Laura told me afterward. “You take people who ‘can’t do art’ and in three hours prove to them that they can.”

Well, duh, honey. Most people believe the lie that art is magic, rather than craft. And the methodology for teaching drawing and painting has become impossibly corrupted in modern America (with a few notable exceptions). Yes, I'm repeating myself here, but I'll continue to do so as long as people believe the lie that they can't draw.

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Knot Telling said...

I so wish you could teach me!

Anonymous said...

There is such liberation in the power to create. Unfortunately much has been lost in our consumer culture where we let loose our voyeurism and watch or purchase others work.

Keep opening up the magic of art making for all. We'll be a richer and more liberated society.

Amy Vail said...

I'm still drawing! Often, if not daily! It's been a a joy and release; makes me feel at peace. And I owe it all to you, my dear friend.

Martha said...

The bottle does look a little more Glenfiddich-y iin the painting than in the drawing, truth be told/ Wishful thinking?