Art of the Week – Sketching

Tad’s new art class at the studio was supposed to start this week.  Then I got a phone call on Monday from his new teacher, telling me that the building was actually closed for the day because the parking lot was being repaved a day earlier than scheduled.  Surprise!  Tad took it in stride (once he was reassured that it wasn’t an emergency), but he is ready to go back to class.

However, he is taking art this semester at school, under Ms. A, who he had last year (and is an absolutely amazing art teacher AND a former special ed teacher – we love her), and her 7th/8th grade art classes are much more like “real” art classes than the 6th grade ones.  So the class is keeping a sketchbook, which they will be graded on, and they have a list of different sketches that they must complete for credit.

Assignment and sketch #1 – draw your own hand.

This confused Tad initially, as realism is not his oeuvre.  But once I told him that it could not be a cartoon hand, and we looked at different sample images online, he “got” what he needed to draw.

This is…. pretty great for a first attempt.

Yes, it’s heavily influenced by the pictures he saw online, but he had to draw it.  (This is not a case where Mom could do his homework.  At all.  This is waaaaaaay outside my wheelhouse.)

I’ve been waiting for Tad to develop his own “style,” especially because he’s a pretty gifted mimic when it comes to copying cartoon characters.  I’m hoping that being assigned “realistic” sketches opens up new developments in his art.

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