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DC Sketchers at the National Gallery of Art

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Editor’s Note: DC Sketcher’s is a new feature of East City Art written by contributor Kent Gay who teaches a new class at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop called DC Sketchers.  Over the course of the next few weeks, DC Sketchers will record the places, people and happenings of the DC area.
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DC Sketchers on East City Art

DC Sketchers visited the National Gallery of Art on Saturday, December 11. We began by creating blind contour drawings of Winter (After Arcimboldo) (2010), a colossal 15-foot-tall, fiberglass sculpture by American artist and filmmaker Philip Haas (b. 1954). It is inspired by Arcimboldo’s painting Winter (1563), on view in an exhibit in the East Building. The sculpture is a great subject for blind contour, with a rich surface of organic textures and edges.

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DC Sketchers on East City Art
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After this warm-up, we went to the largest gallery of the exhibit From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection. Working from the masterworks on view, we learned how to see, measure, and draw proportional relationships – an important skill needed in drawing. We also learned about the importance of negative space in a composition.

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Kent Gay
Authored by: Kent Gay

Kent Gay is teaching a new class at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop called DC Sketchers, which records the places, people and happenings of the DC area. Each Saturday morning the class ventures out to capture the views and interesting details of our area's rich architectural and cultural landscape. Beginners are led through a series of exercises that develop the perceptual skills needed to draw, while intermediate students benefit from a class structure that encourages cooperative learning and exploration. Kent earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota's School of Architecture and a M.A. in Applied Design from the University of Minnesota's Graduate School. He has taught classes in design foundations - Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, and Color. After working as a museum exhibit designer for 15 years, Kent is now working as a Development Assistant and Theater Facilitator at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and is a regular contributor to Urban Sketchers - DC. http://urbansketchers-dc.blogspot.com/