This is my Friday teens class.
Most joined me when they were 11 or 12 years of age, 4 or so years ago. They are such a delight it’s my privilege to share two hours of their life with me on a Friday afternoon. >> Details about Afternoon Kids Class.
This was conducted in my two hour class the last three Friday’s of term two.
This shows how I am able to get a likeness using the plaster cast head.
We draw from the inside out not drawing an egg then trying to assemble the features to fit !
Measuring from the inside out using verticals and horizontals.
starting out with a 2D image using verticals and Horizontals.
These are a small selection showing what my teenagers were able to achieve after three hours. The last hour working from the plaster cast in preparation for week three.
Two hours working from a live model what some of my students were able to achieve after only 6 hours.
I used the same techniques from my adults portrait workshops except I condensed the time from 15 hours into 6 in the full confidence they could do it I was not disappointed.
“The reason some portraits don’t look true to life is that some people make no effort resemble their pictures” -Salvador Dali
“I can see the improvement the classes make in my ability.”
Name: Olivia Case Age: 18 Joined NSA since: I joined when I was ten, so I’ve been here since around 2004-05
NSA: What doodle / drawing / painting did you do in your early life that you were the most proud of? How old were you? OLIVIA: When I was around nine I drew a castle, and, as it actually looked like a castle, I was pretty impressed with myself.
NSA: Have you been always artistic / creative? if so, in what way? OLIVIA: I have always really enjoyed art, especially drawing. My mum used to give my sister and I loads of art projects to do, and she used to always bring drawing pads out to restaurants with us. In hindsight I can see that this was just to stop us annoying the people around us, but it really fostered my love of art and encouraged my creativity.
NSA: What made you join NSA? Where did you hear/find about NSA? OLIVIA: I joined the NSA after attending an art party there in the fourth grade. My favourite class in school was art (obviously) and I thought it was insanely cool that there was a place you could go to take more art classes – and they didn’t make you do maths or anything!
NSA: If you are allowed to have any famous painting in the world on your wall, what would it be and Why? OLIVIA: Pretty much anything Jenny Saville has ever done, she is my favourite artist of all time (if you don’t know her, Google her, she is amazing), but if I were too choose a single one of her pieces, I think it would have to be her portrait Reverse (2003).
NSA: What are you working on in the class right now and what would you like to achieve with your art within a year? OLIVIA: I am currently working on my HSC major work, so within this year I would like to finish that (I don’t really have a choice, the HSC board is kind of pushy that way).
NSA: why do you take the class, or what do you get out of it? OLIVIA: I take classes at NSA because I love art, and because I can see the improvement the classes make in my ability.
NSA: Finally, would you design a T-shirt for Mike to wear in the class? OLIVIA:My design for Mike’s T-shirt would be simple, just the words from his answering machine that always make me laugh so much.
Mike said “One of the most rewarding things of being a teacher is watching your students growing.
When Olivia first joined us she was just 10-11yo but amazingly advanced for her age, within a year of joining us she was accepted into the Mosman Youth Art Prize, I was so proud of her when I gave her the reward (you can see it in the video below) , in some respects it’s a pity Olivia wasn’t born 500 or so years ago she would have graced any of the Old Master’s workshops as an apprentice ( eat your heart out Leonardo).
Now she is 18yo facing her challenge of HSC, she knows I am always there if she needs my help and support, I have no doubt she will dazzle the accessors. ”