8.07.2008

Drawing, Sketch Book & Thurseday

Today I finished up my summer class at Clay Works. I had such a nice bunch of ladies. It was a pleasure getting in my car every Thursday morning with my ice coffee and enjoying the sunny drive to teach. I'm so much more clear headed in the morning than at night. I think it use to be the other way around a few years ago. What's up with that??? I enjoy answering all their questions and trying to solve "glaze mysteries"with them. What makes teaching fun for me is having fun, interesting and eager students that want to learn as much as I do.


So speaking of teaching......I also have enjoyed looking and reading up on all the art history I had to learned years ago. The book I'm using for my course has this whole great chapter on digital art and cinema. I can not remember these topics ever being taught in my classes. I found this page in the chapter about drawing especially interesting because here are some sketches from the film maker Guillermo del Toro, who directed Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth. Here in his sketch book you can see the beginnings of a monster he used in Pan's Labyrinth that I believe didn't have eyes. ( I may be wrong about this because I don't watch movies like this but my better half LOVES stuff like this so I'll see if he comments on this blog entry if I"m right or wrong about the monster guy.)

Anyways, seeing his sketch book reminded me that I needed to go get a new one. My sketch book from Christmas sadly got lost at the NC potters conference and I never got it back. (Someone out there has some good glaze recipes that I had copied in there.) With the start of school in two weeks I wanted to be prepared for my long wait in the car-pool line and my a trusty sketch book at hand to pass the time.

5 comments:

Vicki Gill, potter said...

Hey, just wanted to let you know that I stumbled across this source for European painting and sculture, 1100 to 1850 that has some great images. It is www.wga.hu and has an artist index. Thought you might could use in your online class.

Jerry said...

You are correct about the Pan's Labyrinth monster....that's him!

Patricia Griffin said...

Loved hearing about how much you enjoyed your class. The fact that you had so much fun is a clear indicator that it was a success. Congrats on a great summer session!... Sorry about the loss of your sketchbook. That could really ruin a girl's day!

Joey Lawler said...

He did have eyes Jen - but they were in his hands.

JUDI TAVILL said...

Sorry about your book... After taking the Kristen Kieffer Workshop I bought a new one as I used to keep this sketchbook/journal idea book all the way back from high school into college into fashion design...etc... and then I just sketched as a necessity instead of an outlet, resource book etc... and I can't believe it... every since I started again I feel more... excuse how jerry macguire this sounds... COMPLETE... Truly... and losing it would well... SUCK! So go get a new oneand hang on tightly....plus I knit in the car pool lines too... but sketching is safer....