What do the invention of watercolor, one-point perspective, and the rubber eraser have to do with the history of science?
And what does any of that have to do with learning to sketch?
Last week, nearly 20 people joined me to explore the answers to these questions. We made a hands-on dash through the history of art and science. In addition to an illustrated talk that highlighted both artistic and science technology advances through the ages, we explored a wide range of sketching techniques that even non-artists can use. Even the skeptics in the group were sketching by the end (scroll down for details). Continue reading “Drawn to (natural) History”
One of the participants in a recent “how to sketch nature” workshop I led turned out to be a journalist from the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph. As she reports in the article:
“Participants went from blind sketching (we weren’t allowed to look at our drawing or lift pencil from paper while looking at the object we were trying to draw – a leaf, an acorn, a wine glass), to tracing, “frottage” (rubbing), and shadow drawing, and by the end of the evening we had all succeeded in producing pretty decent representations of the objects we had chosen to depict.“