Artistic Endeavours

So last night I had my second class of Drawing and Watercolour Level 1 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. In a moment of insanity, I signed up, thinking it would be fun, even though I have absolutely no artistic talent and couldn’t draw a stick to save my life.

It turns out, that didn’t matter. It’s been two weeks and I am having so much fun.

In the first class we learned about perspective and lining things up with our pencil. Yes, we did that thing where you hold your arm out and use your pencil to measure things while squinting away–just like real artistes. We also learned about shadows and light and all that cool stuff.

The teacher sent us off with a list of supplies to purchase last week and this week we got to break into them. (I can imagine one of the hardest things about being a starving artist is going to the art store, and trying to curb your excitement over all the cool things you can buy there. It’s like being a kid in a candy store.)

Part of our new supplies included various pencils of differing hardness, so last night’s lesson was on tonal differences in objects when they’re being struck by light. We learned how to make one edge darker and lighten up the tone to make things pop from the page.

Okay, I’m not going to claim I’m a good artist or that I have any clue what I’m doing, but I definitely saw a difference between that first flat, lifeless image I drew on day one and the more complex, 3-D like image I drew last night. It was truly amazing and just goes to show that a lot of it is just about technique.

The whole process is also incredibly relaxing. There is something very soothing about focusing on the page in front of you and blocking out the rest of the world. The two hours were up in a flash and I was actually excited when the teacher gave us homework. (I’m practicing drawing eggs as we speak. Well obviously not right now, because I’m writing this, but after this.)

If you’ve ever been interested in learning something like this, I honestly can’t say enough good things about it.  The WAG offers all kinds of classes in painting, sculpture, drawing and other things arty, so take a look and you might just be surprised at how talented you are.

*Please note: That isn’t my drawing–it’s just an example of the kind of thing we were doing. I’ll work up the courage to show you something I did myself in a few weeks. I promise.


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