Art in Time

Hockney, A Bigger Splash.jpg

In Hockney’s painting “A bigger splash”, (1967) an instant is captured. Although the images may have taken many weeks to complete, Time is frozen.

Bayeux Tapestry WillelmDux.jpg

When we view the Bayeaux tapestry, the events unfold before our eyes as we move from scene to scene. Many moments are captured of an event that took place centuries ago.

Task 1

You will need: a ‘changeable object’ pencils, paper

Draw an object that changes over time. Make many small drawings, at least 5 as the object changes from one state to another. It could be ice in a saucer that turns to water, or a sandwich that you eat over time, leaving a plate.

The Horse in Motion high res.jpg

May Rogers Webster Bulletin.jpg

Photography can capture an instant as short as a hummingbird’s wing flapping or the canter of a horse but can also bring back a time gone by. like a time machine we can see things at different speeds.

Task 2

You will need: a photograph, pencils, paper, collage materials, glue

Take a photo, it can be from a magazine or from your personal photo collection. It can be from a smart phone or from a family photo album. Draw every detail from the photo in pencil. You may find things in the photo you hadn’t noticed before. If the photo is black and white, try rendering it in colour. Consider using collage or different media.

Picasso by Gjon Mili.jpg

This light painting image by Gjon Mili of Pablo Picasso is part of a tradition of light painting going back to the beginning of photography. (More can be found here).

A painting can take months to complete or a few seconds. If you only have a few seconds, what should you include?

Task 3

You will need: a ‘an interestingly shaped object’ pencils, paper

Take an object that would make a good still life subject. Choose something that is an interesting shape. Now time yourself and draw it in 2 minutes. Try to get as much down on paper as you can. Then draw your chosen object in one minute. Then try drawing it in 30 seconds. Then 10 seconds. You may find your self becoming increasingly focussed on the essential shapes and forms of the object. Now give your self half an hour to draw it.

Task 4

You will need: an existing piece of your work, pencils, paper

Take a drawing or painting that you have done in the past and draw over the top of it. It could be a drawing from a previous lesson on this course or from a long time ago. It could be a drawing you want to improve seeing it with fresh eyes or one that was unfinished that you want to complete.