Outdoor Class Ink Drawings + some photos from that day (4/11/09) https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/ Outdoor Class Ink Drawings + some photos from that day (4/11/09) Sofia Currie, age 9 Sofia was the youngest person at the class that day. She was also one of the few people who tried the sepia-colored ink. The layout of the picture is bold and clear. I like that she chose a tree with a heavy slant. That way, although there is only one tree, it is able to occupy the whole page. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32611111 32611111 (left to right) Sophia, Sofia, and Andrea You can get a good look at how simple their drawing tools were: just a twig and a bottle of ink. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34643039 34643039 Brittany Lee, age 10 I like the feeling of Brittany's drawing because, if you look closely, many of the leaves take on the shape of birds. It is as if there is a tree full of hidden birds. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32611101 32611101 (left to right) Andrea, Sofia, Sophia, Brittany The students were encouraged to try more than one picture if they wished. You see Brittany over here now. Later, she moved to another location to try something different. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34643016 34643016 Sophia Yang, age 10 I could tell that Sophia felt very nervous at first about drawing with materials that she could not erase. In her first picture, she let her mistakes get to her. But after giving her tips about drawing one branch at a time and using light and dark, she was able to produce a terrific tree portrait. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34642274 34642274 Andrea Peir, age 11 The placement of each item in Andrea's picture is very pleasant to look at. I also want to point out that Andrea has used "contour line hatching" to draw the rocks. Contour line hatching is a type of shading we talked about in class in which the shading lines are drawn to follow the shape of the object. Because she used this technique, the rocks are able to look 3D rather than flat. One more thing: Isn't it great that this drawing has a "Texas" feel to it? https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32611099 32611099 (left to right) Ray, Eric Y, Eric Z, Jessica, Andrew As you can see from this photo, this group was drawing from the same small space yet, their drawings turned out utterly different. (John was with this group as well but somehow escaped being photographed.) https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34643017 34643017 Andrew Wang, age 11 Andrew chose a tree with branches that could spread across his entire page. The result is like a powerful claw coming up from the ground. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32611100 32611100 John Luo, age 11 John used his time to experiment with some swirling ink marks. The viewer can feel as if they've been transported to a haunted wilderness rather than a safe neighborhood park. It's interesting how different kinds of drawing marks can change the mood of a picture. John also had another swirling drawing (not pictured here) that made me think of Jackson Pollock's paintings. I liked to see John show a new side to his drawing because his usual "John style" is to draw very precise and perfectionist-ish. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32611108 32611108 Artists need refreshments from time to time. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34643040 34643040 Eric Yu, age 12 When I look at Eric's drawing, I see it as a big storm. The leaves are all being blown to the right. The ink splatters look like flying debris. And the two people at the bottom of the page look small and helpless against the coming storm as they try to huddle next to the trees for safety. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32611102 32611102 Eric Zhou, age 12 This Eric's drawing was one of two that he completed. I was happy to see that the pictures were in different styles because trying different approaches to the same subject is always a great thing. We ended up choosing this one to show. In this picture, showing the distance between the two trees was well-handled. You can also sense some light and shadow on the trees because of the placement of light and dark lines. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32611103 32611103 Inga Wei, age 12 If you look at Inga when she draws, she is in a zone of deep concentration--a very valuable quality for any artist to have. The trees in this drawing are intricate and lovely. She also made a very wise decision by placing a black band right across the middle of the page. Human eyes like to focus on the place with the most difference in contrast. Therefore, viewers' attention will be drawn by this picture because of the difference between the dark black area and the two whiter spaces that it is sandwiched between. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32611106 32611106 Brittany and Inga Two girls hunched over in concentration. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34643018 34643018 Ray Lu, age 12 When we all gathered to look over the finished drawings, Ray's picture got the highest emotional response. The dark, heavy tree trunks carry a sense of anger or frustration. This would also be considered a "masculine" drawing. In art and design, forms that are rough, angular, and heavy are described as "masculine". Forms that are delicate, smooth, and curving are described as "feminine." For example, Brittany's drawing would be considered feminine. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32611110 32611110 Haylin Huang, age 13 Haylin drew a study of a tree that had fallen over. But by adding quick, arching lines across the page, it feels as if the tree is falling over in front of your eyes, at this very moment. Haylin's and Eric Yu's pictures were the two drawings that were most able to express motion. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32611104 32611104 Haylin Colorful Haylin working on her black and white drawing. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34643014 34643014 Jessica Hwang, age 13 I think Jessica took on the composition with the highest level of difficulty because it is not only portraying one or two trees but an entire scene. The challenge I gave to her was to use lines of different heaviness to show the difference between foreground and background and to make each part of the picture clearly understandable. I think she handled the task very capably. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32611107 32611107 Olivia Stavrou, age 13 Olivia's drawing gets to the point. By that what I mean is she is able to figure out all the most essential lines and leave out anything that would be excessive. You can see from her line style that she is well-practiced and at ease with quick drawing. I also like the paint splatters in the picture because, to me, they suggest leaves without being drawn as leaves. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32611109 32611109 Olivia Olivia hiding from the camera (but as far as I can tell, she's not a shy person!) https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34643015 34643015 Ladybug, unknown age The ladybug in the upper right corner painted this face after Eric Zhou dripped ink onto it. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=32611105 32611105 After outdoor class, some of the kids stayed for a game of basketball at this court... https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34644434 34644434 (left to right) Jessica, John, and Ray ...and an eye contact was lost. Funny coincidence that this photo is very blurry. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34644437 34644437 An old bed frame that some of the students found deep inside the park. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34644438 34644438 Trees A sample of the trees in Tanglewood Park. https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34644436 34644436 Trees Tree sample 2 https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34644435 34644435 Trees Tree sample 3 https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34644433 34644433 Trees Tree Sample 4 (No wonder they call it Tanglewood Park) https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34644439 34644439 Trees Tree Sample 5 https://www.kyuart.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=34644440 34644440