Apr. 16, 2013 by Clare Rogan
The Friends of the Davison Art Center present the second annual The Big Draw: Middletown, a community celebration of drawing with workshops for people of all skill levels, from beginners to accomplished artists. The event is free and open to the public: adults, students, and children ages five and up. The Big Draw’s activities break down the “I can’t draw” syndrome and celebrate the visual arts.
The Big Draw: Middletown will feature 7 drawing workshops throughout the Wesleyan University campus. Wesleyan art professors and art students, Middletown public school art teachers, and members of the Middletown High School Art Club will facilitate the workshops. The wide range of activities will include illustration, Japanese sumi-e ink drawing, and movement and drawing. Participants will draw from live models, period costumes, the natural world, dancers, and the imagination. Drawing study of nude models is open to adults and minors with parental permission. The event will take place rain or shine.
The Big Draw: Middletown
Saturday, April 20, 2013 1pm–4pm
Onsite registration: Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University, 301 High Street
Free and open to the public
No advance registration required
Drawing workshops and activities 1pm–4pm
1. Model Marathon
Drawing the nude model
Drawing Studio (CFA Art Workshops room 105)
Parental permission required for those under 18
2. Still-Life and the Natural World
Study the natural world with an exciting array of objects including shells, taxidermied animals, skulls, etc. in an elaborate still life.
Location: Beckham Hall, upstairs
3. Movement and Drawing
Participants will create drawings through exercises that use making marks through movement as the subject matter. There will be live musicians to respond to while creating drawings, and dancers to draw. Try using your arm as a compass, or creatinge lines by walking and and dragging charcoal behind you. Good for all ages, g. Get ready to be experimental!
Location to be confirmed.
4. Tableaux vivants
Go back in time and draw from models in 19th- and early 20th-century costumes in the historic Alsop House. Organized by the Middletown High School Art Club, under the leadership of Patrick Shugrue.
Location: Davison Art Center, in the Alsop House rooms
5. ‘Sumi-e’ Ink Drawing
Introduction to Japanese traditional sumi-e drawing with ink. Taught by Keiji Shinohara.
Location: Beckham Hall
6. Fragments from the Davison Art Center
Make your own masterpiece inspired by the Davison Art Center collection. Paper will be distributed with a fragment of an image sampled from a DAC print—then you “fill in the print” with drawing.
Location: DAC Alsop House sunroom.
7. Telling Drawn Stories
Try your hand at comics, illustration, zines, and the art of telling stories in sequence.
Location: Beckham Hall
The Big Draw: Middletown is sponsored in part by the Friends of the
Davison Art Center; the Wesleyan University Division of Arts and
Humanities, and the Middletown Commission on the Arts, artstogo.org.