DC Sketchers at the National Gallery of Art

By Kent Gay on December 15, 2010
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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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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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