Junior Carolyn Rowe went to a weeklong drawing and printing student art workshop at Murray State University over the summer. She said a friend of hers went last year, so she was familiar with the program. When Lear asked her if she was interested in going, Rowe told her she couldn’t afford it. Lear told her not to worry about it. Someone else had already offered to cover the cost.
Though Rowe still doesn’t know who that person was, she enjoyed the benefits of that person’s generosity every day that week as she stayed in one of the dorms and professor Nicole Hand taught the students all sorts of new techniques. One of the techniques for printmaking Rowe learned about was drypoint, in which an image is cut into a plastic plate by scratching the surface with a metal point. Another was using smart plates, which Rowe said was a newer print technique in which the artist uses markers. Rowe said that Lear asked her to teach a class on printmaking soon to her Art One students.
Rowe said she also gained much more experience with drawing while at the workshop. Several times, she and the other students practiced by drawing quick portraits of a model, who would pivot to several positions so they could draw from different angles. Rowe has always liked to draw, as well as create small clay figurines, but she said her skills improved immensely over the summer. In the past, she would often draw on grids, drawing a bit on a time in small squares, but no more.
“We had to draw completely free-handed with no grids,” she said. “Now I can’t even use a grid. And I need an easel.”
Rowe said she normally used to draw on a flat level surface, but she got very used to using an easel and standing while drawing.
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