Spring Retreat

Two weekends ago, when we had our first taste of Spring, I had the honor of attending our Junior Retreat. Even though I do not teach many juniors I knew a few through various school activities, and social action days. I can’t say much about the retreat, because it is meant to be a very…

Education in Other Words, and Other Worlds

It has been a long time since I have been a high school student, and an even longer time since I have read a high schoolers personal essay. I have read plenty of artist statements, and reflections on growth  as an artist, but none of these give me a real and tangible glimpse at the…

Working Weekends: My Second (Third and Fourth) Job(s)

If you’ve known me for a while then you know I’ve worked at Glen Echo Park in Maryland for eight of the past nine summers now, and about nine weeks each summer. I took off one summer to travel to Salamanca Spain, where my father re-married and I studied Spanish at the Universidad de Salamanca….

Figure Drawing: Process

So here are some action shots of my students working on their gesture drawings. These drawings were done using two of the elements of art, line and shape, to build a figure that was proportionate and captured the figure’s pose. Students started (last week) with pencil drawings of small mannequins in their sketchbooks. Next, each…

Figure Drawing: A Slow Build

We have been working on studies of the human figure. Something most of my students are familiar with, but not comfortable. I wanted to encourage and create confidence in my young artists who have expressed interest in drawing people. I even have a few students who are interested in fashion design and have expressed a…