September 20, 2012
My first figure drawing class was in 1982; I was 16 years old and it was the first time I had ever seen a naked man! It was in a figure drawing class in college. I graduated with an Art and English degree from the U of W in 1986. Recently I've attended a few figure drawing sessions in the area, just for fun.
In the past 7 years I've been teaching art to elementary age kids; my favorite is teaching them fine arts, either in the context of an art movement (i.e. dada) or historically/regionally (i.e. Egyptian art). This is the first year I'm not teaching (my kids are no longer in elementary school) so I have the opportunity to branch out and do some things I enjoy like writing, reading, drawing, visiting art museums.
I am interested in improving my figure drawings, they are a bit flat, I could use help with shadows and showing form. I've been learning more about anatomy to help me understand where muscles are how how they change shape with different poses.
I'm using mostly pencil, charcoal, some conte crayon for figure drawing but would like to add some color with water based paints like watercolors or gouache.
I have two children so my free time is a bit limited, but in the past 10 years I've enjoyed making floats and props for the Fremont Solstice parade, I enjoy pulling together costumes for various events, I've been teaching art to 450 students at Sunny Hills Elementary school in Sammamish for 6 years, I'm a Girl Scout leader, I read about 6-7 novels a year, I've made about 8 movies for SIFF CRASH (you have 8 hours to complete a 3 minute movie and they show it on the big screen) and am generally drawn to anything unusual and creative that doesn't require a long term commitment.
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