Drawing and Painting Class: Day 1

Yesterday was my first day in drawing and painting class at the historical Torre Climent Savall (Torreón Mediterraneo) in Castelldefels. The tower used to be one of the defense points of the city during the Middle Ages but nowadays, its basement and first two floors serve as the studio for the various art lessons given by the Associació Cultural Torreó Mediterrá. (More on that story soon!)

Our first lesson was all about composition. I was asked to do a quick sketch of the jar, bottle and flowers on a scratch paper. My initial composition was quite unsuccessful: it was small and lopsided. My second attempt, which you can see on the photo as the sheet of paper clipped to the board – was much better. It was big and centered. But it was so big that I had to omit the flowers in my composition!

charcoal 1

Then the real work began. I was taught how to shade using charcoal and kneaded eraser. The techniques are not entirely new to me, having been part of the art class back in high school. But, boy, that was 17 years ago! It wouldn’t be surprising then that, yesterday, it felt like I was holding a charcoal for the first time in my life!

After about two hours of coloring, smudging and erasing, this is what my finished work looked like. My instructor sprayed fixative on it so that the charcoal won’t smear.

charcoal 2

As my husband and I were walking back home, an old lady asked him where he got his calendar. We both looked at what he was holding – it was my charcoal drawing which she mistook for a calendar. Well, if my artwork is good enough for a calendar, then it’s good enough for me ;) 

For drawing and painting lessons, you may contact the instructor, Óscar Letxuga, at 664 521 924 or via e-mail: oscarecar@hotmail.com. You may also get in touch with the coordinators Teresa de Juan at 650 913 126 or Adriana Silva at 665 823 565.

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