We've just come back from a five day workshop spent in the village of Cerdeira. A small stone village, near Lousã, Portugal, restored and built with the purpose of hosting artists and craftsmen.
Leonardo da Vinci formulated the rule that reveals how trees grow. He offers the image of a rope that unwinds itself. Each new group of branches shares the thickness of the previous one.
The first weekend of the Drawing in Nature course was spent studying textures and details in nature. These images show a series of monoprints done by our students while observing natural objects that they gathered. The focus was on finding the right marks to describe the different kind of textures.
Here are some images of sketches and prototypes from the work we're doing with the primary school at A-dos-Loucos. We've been invited to help out with the production of a play that tells the story of a well kept secret in the oasis. Lizards, camels, scorpions, a centaur and a giant serpent are all characters that will populate the stage.
Last month we had the last sessions of the Drawing the Human Figure course with our students, and we decided to leave the classroom and do a full weekend with them sketching from the works in the museum of Arte Antiga here in Lisbon, that harbours a large collection of paintings and sculpture from the gothic to baroque era.
This month we participated in a workshop in Amsterdam on Visible Thinking. We learnt about ways of engaging people in spending more time reflecting at artwork in museums, using questions, curiosity, wonder and perceptiveness. The method elicits observations, invites us to make connections, and looking deeper.
In January we held our first weekend with the new figure drawing course. The drawing exercises we specifically chose had to do with perceiving the body as volumes. Apart from drawing, we also did small sketches in clay. This is a great way to use hands and eyes together to getting a grasp on the anatomy of the body. By developing one’s sense of form through sculpture, one’s drawing ability is greatly enriched.
Another two day session of the Drawing and Creativity course took place this weekend. The topic was time and texture. We spent one of the days at the Museum of Ethnology in Lisbon. We were privileged to spend hours drawing in their large collection of artefacts from Amazonian tribes, which includes magical objects used in rituals.