Friday, June 09, 2006

Sketching in the Galleries: Lesson in Contemporary Art

The lesson for my Thursday evening sketching in the galleries class was to first pick a painting in the Dallas Museum of Art Contemporary Gallery and copy it. I chose a large black and white painting called Slate Cross which Franz Kline painted in 1961. The original painting may be seen on a page from the DMA Museum Store. At first view it would seem that this painting would be easy to draw, but the overlapping vertical lines and edges with white space was a bit difficult. I learned reading the card next to the painting that Franz Kline was trying to give equal weight to both black lines and the white space between them. After 20 minutes of drawing our instructor asked that we stop, write down the name of the artist, the title of the work, and then assign 5 words to that drawing. I chose 5 descriptive words: Dark overlapping lines Vertical Gaps.
The next step in the exercise was to close our eyes and redraw the painting in five minutes. After time was called we were to take this blind drawing and consider it an unfinished drawing and take it into the "Studio" of our mind and use the five words we had assigned to our original copy as a guide to finish it. I gave my drawing a different look but with most of the same elements of the original drawing.

No comments: