Drawing Light and Shadow: A Study of Composition
October 1 - 6, 2023
Janet Link · janetlink.com
Workshop at a glance
Discovering composition by making drawings of shadows from photographs with special attention to the relationship between dark and light.
- Generating compositional sketches
- Understanding the process of design
- Drawing from photographs and transitions from light to dark
- Analyzing one’s work
- Charcoal and graphite pencils
- Drawing paper
- Creating one or more small drawings
- Establishing a foundation for a useful sketchbook practice
- Construction of a sound drawing
Janet Link lives in Raleigh, North Carolina where she works in the community of artists at Anchorlight. She studied in a traditional atelier program in Paris and received her BA from Meredith College in Raleigh and an MFA in painting and drawing at Louisiana State University (LSU). Link’s professional life is devoted to the practice, teaching, and elevation of observational drawing. She taught at the North Carolina State University College of Design, Penland School of Crafts, Meredith College, Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and LSU. Her work is found in the collections of the City of Raleigh and the University of Arkansas.
In this workshop students will discover compositional structure and have a deeper understanding of the theory and construction of compositions. You will collect photographs of shadows to use as source material for drawings that explore the possibilities contained within a simple black and white image. During class participants will work through and discuss the process of design, the study and description of value, the materials, craft, and construction of a drawing, as well as analyzing and diagnosing one’s own work. You will pay particular attention to the nuances of light, edges, and mark-making, and the opportunities and pitfalls of working from photographs. No matter your level of experience students will leave with a blueprint for a useful drawing practice. Open to all skill levels.
COURSE FEE: $690 · materials list
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