Gemma took us through a series of drawing workshops which were greatly enjoyed by all concerned. She said she enjoyed bossing the rest of us around though we felt she missed out by not doing the drawing. We all found this exercise beneficial and inspiring. Now the aim is to integrate more drawing in our own practices.
We started with some quick exercises to get us looking and responding to what we see rather than what we think we see. This included copying a portrait upside down.
We did a variety of other unusual tasks such as drawing shadows, capturing movement by leaving footprints on paper on the floor and drawing objects in a bag illustrating what we could feel. Similarly we described an object in a bag for the others to draw simply from our descriptions.
We moved on to a Still Life, set up by Gemma, we did a tonal drawing, a ‘map’ of the negative space and some continuous line drawings.
In another session we did Life Drawing with Gemma holding 3-10 minute poses dressed in a variety of garments to give us the opportunity of drawing fabrics, patterns and textures.