Everyone passed the test in Session Four yesterday. They have demonstrated their ability to achieve a variety of thicknesses with their brushes and compose a simple character using that technique. Below are samples of their ‘test paper’ :
Session Five (next week) will be the start of the second half of the course. I believe that every student should be able to create an artwork worthy of exhibition by the end of term.
We will be fine tuning techniques next week and practice self critique. We will study the structure of different characters and work on the sweeping strokes. We will also do some trouble shooting as each student has a different problem with their work. We are making progress but some of the fundamentals were forgotten: good posture and the correct way to hold and use the brush.
In class I try not to pick on them too much (they would probably disagree) so as not to overwhelm them but it is too easy to fall into bad habits that will be difficult to unlearn.