Leslie Powell director to offer introduction to drawing class
For those looking to upgrade their drawing skills from stick figures, local artist Matthew D. Hughes will offer an introduction to drawing class starting Wednesday.
The class is limited to 10 students. Deadline to apply is Monday, but Hughes said he would take students as late as Tuesday if space permits. Hughes is executive director of the Leslie Powell Foundation Gallery.
"It's not going to be very extensive supplies," Hughes said. "It's really, basically, going to be a pad of newsprint and some pencils and maybe some charcoal and an eraser. That's pretty much all we're going to worry about to begin with. Because, like I said, it's going to be very introduction to drawing to begin with. Then it will work up from there."
Hughes believes it's important for artists to learn how to draw because it's essential to any form of art.
"Even if you want to do abstract art or nonrepresentational art, you really need to know how to draw," he said. "You need to know the rules so you can know how to break them is basically what it boils down to. I know people need to know how to draw if they want to do any type of representational painting. I don't think you're really painting if you're tracing it. And even if you are tracing it, knowing how to draw is going to show you proportion, and it's going to show you where things change on the surface of an object or form so you know where to put in the values. Even if you have an outline of something, you're still not going to know that stuff because you don't know how to draw. You have to be able to see those things. And that's what drawing teaches you."