On & Beyond the Chair Class

Let’s take a line for a walk

It’s the last week of On & Beyond the Chair class and work continues with students at home drawing by hand and sharing their explorations through this blog. Every day for 10 minutes students have been “taking a line for a walk” around their living rooms. A few of today’s collection of drawings include a “jungle bedroom” and a southern back porch: the most magical of all the social spaces!

Let’s take a line for a walk

On & Beyond the Chair class continues with students at home drawing by hand, while sharing their individual explorations through this blog. Every day, for 10 minutes, students have been “taking a line for a walk” around their chairs.

Students finished their first week of work building a collection of 8″ x 11″ drawings with a great sense of discovery.

Let’s take a line for a walk

On & Beyond the Chair class continues with students at home drawing by hand, while sharing their individual explorations through this blog. Learning from each other has been a significant part of students’ experience inside Chantilly House, our beautiful studio space located in the heart of Newbern.

In the last few days students have been working on a collection of 8″ x 11″ drawings: a fun and relaxing ten-minute long, daily exercise “taking a line for a walk around their chair.” 

Students have been asked to quickly look, draw, look, draw, look, draw. The assignment encourages them to make quick decisions while continuously drawing a line. They must keep as small an interval as possible between drawing and looking at the chair. 

When the time spent by the hand wondering is longer than the time spent by the eye looking, the drawing become more abstract than descriptive.

Let’s take a line for a walk

On and Beyond the Chair continues while students draw remotely in this new virtual learning version of the chair class.

Today the students begin a new fun and relaxing daily exercise “taking a line for a walk around their chair.” For the next two weeks students will spend only ten minutes each day drawing with a pen on a 8″ x 11″ sheet of paper.

A line is a dot that went for a walk. – Paul Klee

The assignment encourages students to make quick decisions while continuously drawing a line. They must keep as small an interval as possible between drawing and looking at the chair. These drawings will also become a diary of reflections during this emotional time of social distancing.

Drawing the ‘negative space’

Negative space is the space behind, around, and between an object. It represents the context of an object. It is important because it greatly influences our perception of the object itself.

You can compare the negative space with the silences between the sounds. As Claude Debussy said, “Music is the space between the sounds.”

Learning to draw the negative space is particularly important to switch our brain from the language mode to the visual mode. It forces our brain to visualize the invisible, implicit forms.