|I can't tell whether Elenia's drawing of a classroom is from life or from memory. Whichever it was, this is an exceedingly well observed drawing. Look at the stacked chairs, the detail on the instrument, the grille in the door, the writing and art on the walls. There is "sense of place" times one hundred in this work! It's so well done.|
Whether you are a kid or a grownup, there is nothing like making a drawing of what you are looking at. What you do with a camera and what you do with a pencil are very different things. Drawing forces you to simplify and focus on what is important to you.
I encourage all of you this weekend--young and old--to go somewhere, even if it is only out of your own door, and draw. If there are children in your household, then go out and draw together.
My daughter and I draw together when we are on camping trips. What I find interesting looking at my drawings from those trips is how clear it is what I most wanted remember about the scene. Looking at a photograph it isn't always clear what had most interested you about the scene. Drawing forces you to focus on what is important to you.
And, of course, when you draw from life the memory of creating the drawing gets mixed in with the work. If you really will go out today or tomorrow and draw I know you will find that drawing will remind of this Memorial Day weekend in a very special way.
By way of equipment, all you need are a few pieces of typing paper, a pencil, a pencil sharpener, and a clipboard to place on your lap.
Updates from behind the scenes
It's been some time since I've talked about what is going on behind the scenes. At this week's staff meeting we reviewed the new Stone Soup home page. This is the first phase in revising the website. It is really beautiful and increases site functionality. I am sure you will all be pleased by it. While it is never safe to promise I am pretty confident it will be up before the end of the month.
You can pre-order the 371 page full color Stone Soup Annual 2017 now at amazon.com/stonesoup.
As we've mentioned in previous Newsletters, and noted also, below, we will be going to St. Louis next week to a teachers convention. If our internet connection is strong enough within the convention hall then we will do some live streaming. We'll let you know.
Until next week,