Posts Tagged With: Beginners drawing classes in Grahamstown

Singing Over the Bones

“Her cave is filled with the bones of all manner of desert creatures” Clarissa Pinkola Estes

In Clarissa Pinkola Estes modern classic, “Women Who Run With the Wolves”, she tells, among other things,  the story of La Loba, the old woman who spent her days scouring the countryside for the bones of dead, wild animals. She would gather them up and take them back to her cave, where she reassembled the skeletons and sang soulfully over them in order to flesh them out into the creatures they once were.

Earlier in the year, I had a big cleanup of my studio and discovered some wonderful treasures that I haven’t seen in years. When I opened one cardboard box that had long been lost beneath the table, I was surprised to see my collection of bones, gathered over many trips into the bush. I hauled them out and challenged my drawing students to bring them back to life.

A box of bones

Skeletons in my cupboard

So for the past three months the bones have been the focus of our adult drawing classes and with their sculptural forms and subtle shifts of light and shadow, they have proved a valuable theme to explore. My students, many of whom are still learning the basics, have really had to focus and polish their skills. Today I share with you a selection of their study drawings done during the first phase of this project:

I am delighted with this series of soulful drawings and in the next post, will share a few more images from the second phase of the project.

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Student Drawings

It’s been a while since we’ve been into the studio, and my regular weekly drawing classes are well underway, with the adult students producing some wonderful work.

Our Friday morning drawing class

Our Friday morning drawing class

Over the past few months we have been exploring the use of colour in landscape drawing, looking at how colours change depending upon the time of day, month of the year and with different seasons and weather conditions. The students have thrown themselves wholeheartedly into the project and I look forward to every session to see the outcomes of their labour

Click on the images in the gallery below to see a sampling of their work:

All of these students began their classes as absolute beginners, which makes their progress all the more satisfying.

Sessions are currently held on Tuesday and Thursday evening and Friday morning, so if anyone is interested in attending the drawing  classes, please contact me.

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