“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)
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!
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!
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!