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Figure Drawing and Line Quality


Artists in Schools

Figure Drawing and Line Quality

Dispatches from CMA Resident Artist Noormah Jamal's fifth grade class at Children's Workshop School.

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This week was all about figure drawing, focusing on line quality using pencil. 

Students honed their observational skills as they looked at images of different poses. 

They focused on simple lines showing movement, proportion, and weight placement of the body. 

They also compared and contrasted reference images by David Hockney and Alexander Trifonov, noting how Hockney’s work is more representational, while Trifonov's work leans more towards abstraction. 

Alexander Trifonov, Tango, oil on canvas 

When asked to describe Hockney’s work, one student exclaimed “There's a depressed guy sitting with his cat clearly not happy with the lady he's with.” It’s fair to say that our students have top notch observational skills!

David Hockney, Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, 1970-71, acrylic paint on canvas. Collection Tate Modern, London © David Hockney

Noormah’s work at Children’s Workshop School is supported by the Emergency Arts Education Fund, which provides free arts education to NYC school communities whose art programs have been decimated by recent budget cuts.

Children’s Museum of the Arts’ three Residents Artists are currently implementing ambitious arts curriculum at each of our partner sites throughout New York City: Hudson Guild in Chelsea, Sid Miller Academy in Crown Heights, and Children’s Workshop School in the East Village. Come spring, our residents will showcase their students' work through exhibitions and installations across the city. Learn how you can support the work of our residents here.

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