|The workshop room at lunch time.|
The following pieces of "family-friendly" work I did on that day give a good glimpse of my experience.
|Close-up of the model's hand and foot.|
|An interpretation of a fellow participant's palm.|
|The life model.|
|Drawing with 10 lines.|
|The same pose in 3 lines.|
The biggest learning points for me from the workshop are:
1) individual responses and interpretations of the same subject are different and valid, as long as the finished work is what the artist want to convey;
2) it is perhaps more important for the artist to connect with his/her subject and convey that connection down on paper (which is then conveyed to the audience viewing the final work), rather than being technically perfect but disconnected;
3) connectivity needs to be borned out of freedom of expression;
4) technical perfection is helpful but can hinder the artist's expression if he/she becomes too rigid about technicalities;
5) different forms of artistic exercises and ideas can increase the development in another art form -- creativity can 'cross-pollinate'.
Before attending the workshop, I wondered whether I ought to introduce formal drawing lessons to Tiger so that he can "draw better". Having attended the workshop, I no longer worry about this. We do a lot of visual art at home, and I am now reassured that each activity forms a different experience for Tiger which has a cumulative effect on how he chooses to express himself. We can afford to wait a few more years for Tiger's fine motor skills and ability to concentrate for longer periods of time to develop, so that he may then learn formal drawing skills in the most effective way.
My pre-workshop views are in On Teaching Art: Pre-workshop Views.
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