honoriartist (honoriartist) wrote,

Will I get fired?

I was at a faculty discussion about classroom dynamics that was so teacher-centered it made me uncomfortable.  I support my students by encouraging conversations and their use of professional vocabulary rather than marking up their drawings.  I do not mark up drawings.  I respect student work and encourage students to explore and experience and critique each other.  The other instructors told me I would get fired for my style.  What do you think?

Student H

I feel that my skills have improved over the course of the first three weeks of this class. I can "feel" the direction of the tendons and striations when I am drawing them. My hand has started to automatically follow what I am seeing when it comes to muscle shape. I feel like my eye/hand coordination is benefiting greatly. Plus... I now know the communis are what enable me to bend my fingers to draw and what the supporting skeletal structure looks like.

I really need to work on eyeballing proportions and memorizing the measurements. I refer to the book or illustrations for measurements constantly. My goals are to get more familiar with charcoal, loosen up and lighten my renderings a bit and memorize the proportion tricks so I can draw from my memory.


Class: H makes an observation that reveals that she is internalizing the anatomy lessons. This is an important step for artists who draw the human form. Learning the muscles and bones intellectually must be taken further. Our knowledge must be understood by our own bodies. I've seen many artists unconsciously take the pose of the model before drawing it so that they can feel which muscles are tensing and supporting the distribution of weight.

Student J
 Being able to "feel" the pose of the model is a great help in drawings. Because of my background knowledge of anatomy, I have found that I can feel the various muscles/tendons/ligaments working together to put the body in the pose. For me, my lack of technical art knowledge has been my hurdle, but as I gain the artistic knowledge I can see everything starting to flow from what my "minds eye" can see about the body into what my hand is putting to paper.
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