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My experience in this class has been nothing short of excellent. Although there were ups and downs, my overall take-away from the course is a positive one. We started with the basics of how to observe and defining drawing. We proceeded to learning about technique – gauging, choosing utensils, how to use said utensils. Then we practiced, a lot. We filled up our sketchbooks with all sorts of drawings, from observation to conceptual, and a combination of the two. And finally, we engaged in reinforcement and reflection. Professor Alcorn was instrumental in making sure we stayed on task and focused on adhering to the basic procedures, and with his help we were able to create a foundation of excellency, and to reflect on it – noting its usefulness, and reflecting and discussing art as a whole and how it relates to society.
The basics of drawing are rather simple, but they’re easy to forget, so much practice is necessary. To observe is to see, to draw is to create. In creating a successful observational drawing, one must observe – that is the key element. In my experience, several things stuck out to me as very important in creating a successful drawing: attention to detail, patience, and perseverance. Although talent is certainly helpful, I believe art can be taught as long as one follows those basic three requirements. Previous to the course, I had some experience in drawing and in art. I’d taken art classes in middle school and did a lot of drawing in my spare time. At first, this helped give me an advantage over my classmates, but as time advanced, it began to also serve as a disadvantage. Because of my talent and previous experience, I led myself to believe that I already knew it all, and this caused me to take instruction less seriously. In time, however, with guidance from professor Alcorn, I learned to accept that I had much to learn, and this, I believe, has proven instrumental to my growth in my drawing ability. Taking notes on things like how to gauge with a pencil tip, drawing lightly and not going “too dark too soon,” proved to be some of the most important things I’ve learned in terms of drawing.
“Practice makes perfect,” or so it is often said. I believe more that “practice makes better.” One can never be perfect, but that doesn’t have to stop us from trying. In our class, we drew subjects like hands and porcelain cups, to shoes, water bottles, and conceptual things based on our imagination. With each iteration of our drawings, we improved. We received valuable critique and sought to improve with our next drawing. Drawing mundane items gave importance to normally unimportant things, and it’s thanks to this we learned to pay attention to even the smallest details, which I believe is the difference between a good drawing and a great one. And in our final presentation, we get to put all those drawings together and witness magic; a progression of ability.
In addition to practice, reinforcement is key in getting better at something. Such was also the case in drawing. Often times, we students would forget or forgo the basic procedural steps, but the professor and feedback from fellow students reminded us of them, and helped to reinforce their importance. Following the basic steps is the key to a solid foundation for a good drawing, and perhaps even a great one. We then progressed to reflecting on said drawings. We would take class periods to discuss and lament about the importance of art, and its place in society. That art, business, engineering, and other majors should work together, not alone, and that together they can thrive. This reflection gave us a chance to see the importance of art, which further reinforced our efforts, realizing that what we were doing had a purpose.
Art is a process, but it can be learned. Following the basic steps, practicing, and reflecting on this process can turn anyone into an artist, and I believe the da Vinci center has succeeded in creating a brand new generation of artists, and will continue to do so for years to come.