More notes from my Art Learning Journal.
From the book, Matisse in the Studio:
A catalogue of an MFA, Boston show that I missed.
There is a great value in sketching works of art,
using books or visiting museums.
I notice so many aspects
that I miss when I look without drawing.
We public art teachers were guided to teach in the 80's-90's
by always starting with a lesson on a famous artist,
& analysis of reproductions of his/her work.
Followed by hands on art.
And we made field trips to our art museum,
where students made visual notes,
went on searches, & answered specific questions.
The book, Teaching Drawing From Art
has many rationals for teaching drawing to young people,
& for integrating fine art into lessons.
It tells us that students need to learn
by their own experimentation,
& by studying great & varied sources of fine art.
When I taught this way, I gave room for individual invention within a style or medium.
It wasn't just copying, oh no.
But do I think ALL lessons should be started with fine art? NO!
An invented scene, after I took visual notes from Matisse's paintings.
If you Google: "Matisse/ Interiors in Nice/ Images"
you'll find an amazing assortment of his paintings,
in which he integrated objects from his extensive collections
into complex scenes.
And oh! Note his use of color!
He was a "modernist" which meant he avoided
the "conventions of modeling, perspective & recession".
(Though I think they are somewhat present.)
He uses a "shifting space with push & pull
between the elements".
He thought of his own studio as a theater.
Me, I'm also captivated by the scenes that
were outside of Matisse's windows.
And outside windows in my own life.
(This scene, March 5, 2015. It's similiar to today's view!)
Next for the Art Learning Journal:
Cartooning: Philosophy & Practice by Ivan Bruneti.