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P1790278 portoviejo girls tour pencil

Student Exercise Sheets – (10 samples)

“Drawing is the artist’s most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing;  it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality.”  (Edgar Degas)

P1720035 transfer frustratons - pencil

This time last year (July 2012) many students toured the Mola Series exhibit at the Portoviejo (Manabi/Ecuador) Museum. The director of the museum said that a group of girls would be visiting the museum and asked if they could tour the exhibit. She said that the girls had ‘problemas.’   Some came from abusive homes, one was pregnant, and they all deserved some positive experiences. I suggested that we buy pencils and paper and give them a quick drawing class!

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What a well-behaved group of young ladies!

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The students toured the farm-life exhibit first…

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We walked upstairs to the exhibit room.

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Many brought paper and sketched their favorite paintings!

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They were extremely respectful and attentive!

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After watching my warm-up exercises,  they quickly began drawing ‘tornadoes’ and circles and experimented with shading.  I explained that they could transfer inner turmoil or stress onto the paper and urged them to try!

From a home for troubled girls, these students listened well and transferred their frustrations to the paper!

From a home for troubled girls, these students listened well and transferred their frustrations to the paper!

Signing Bookmarks

Signing Bookmarks

Each student received a bookmark, and they all requested my autograph!  Well mannered and attentive, they did a great job of using their drawings as a species of writing!

7 students' work

Six samples of shading! Those darks speak volumes!