So in just a few short weeks I will be teaching my second Drawing 1 class for Rochester Community and Technical College. I had thought I had the class figured out after ten years, but teaching last spring gave me some things to think about. Partly it is a different student that I am teaching that requires a different approach....but I think it is more a renewed personal excitement and sense of possibility with the process of drawing. I realized in my own drawing that I want more freedom, spontaneity and space for whatever comes, and unfortunately, that process was also absent from my teaching of drawing.
In a night out at the bookstore, I discovered Drawing Projects: an exploration of the language of drawing. I am so inspired by this book and can't wait to incorporate many of the exercises in my class. Drawing with your tool at the end of a long stick....drawing with two pencils taped together...drawing without looking, but instead, feeling your object. These are all ways to be engaged with the process, without focusing on the outcome. There are beautiful illustrations and thoughtful interviews with contemporary artists. I am ready to be a student of drawing again!