Dancing In Charcoal
Wild Spirit Art Studio
Experience the joy of responding to music and movement through drawing. Artist Patricia Brown is most free, most connected to her model when she draws people in action - when she feels and catches their energy with charcoal. She works intuitively in the moment, a spontaneous grab of the movement of their dance. Brown draws with both hands at once, to move away from literal thinking and to connect to the emotional and spiritual depth of each action. Brown describes her process: “As the model twists her torso, raises her arm, drops her waist, turns her head, and transfers her weight, I draw. Sensing energy and strain, I record the wake of the body as it flows through space. I contemplate the imprint of the gesture; then erase the unnecessary to reveal the essential.” The end result is an energetic abstract drawing.
Anyone who can feel rhythm in their body can respond and record the movement of a dancer, singer or musician through drawing. No prior drawing experience is necessary.
The workshop will have three phases:
1) In the drawing studio: Warm up exercises with charcoal and music to loosen and open our bodies and mind.
2) In the main room: Gesture drawings of the actions and emotions of the performers: dancers, dramatic readers, instrumentalists, and singers
3) In the drawing studio: We will contemplate our drawings and develop them further if desired.
This workshop is based on Patricia Brown’s recent work in a wonderful collection of poems and artwork entitled Traveling Through Glass, a collaboration with local poet Lisa Harris, published through Cayuga Lake Books, 2017. The interpretation of each poem began with drawing a dancing model in charcoal on paper. More details about the book and interviews with the authors can be found at https://cayugalakebooks.com/2017/10/18/patricia-brown/. Traveling Through Glass is available locally at State of the Art Gallery and Buffalo Street Books. Brown’s Artwork can be seen at State of the Art Gallery, and on line https://www.soagithaca.org/artists/#/patricia-brown/