Experimental Drawing & Collage Class with Jessie Thatcher
Contact Instructor for Upcoming Session Dates/ 3 Sessions: $65
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! BEGINNING TO ADVANCED STUDENTS.... LEARN HOW TO BE PLAYFUL IN YOUR ART PRACTICE.
DRAWING FROM PHOTOGRAPHIC SOURCES - Utilizing grids—grid distortion/irregular grids, collaging, and setting up a non-traditional still life. We will be folding, gridding, assembling, layering, glitching, gluing, wrapping, and crumpling our photographic sources and then drawing from those sources. Instructor will supply optional photographic sources in class. Materials list will be furnished to students following receipt of registration form and class fee.
About the Instructor: Jessie studied painting and photography at Mills College, and is currently represented by DZINE Gallery, in San Francisco.
MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
I view my teaching practice as an extension of my studio practice. As a teacher I set up a framework with my assignments in which the students can easily transform the assignments with their own creative and visual inquiries and investigations.
I strongly encourage my students to trust their own intuitive processes and believe strongly that when it comes to art there isn’t a “right” way to do anything. My students are encouraged to experiment outside traditional parameters. As an art teacher I am asked by both children and adults, “Can I do this? Is this art?” ...I want my students to get rid of this - asking for permission mode, in order to create something in their own way.
I believe in a structured lesson plan, teaching the fundamental techniques in a traditional approach, but after learning the traditional approaches, I encourage students - not to focus or get hung-up on the technicalities of the work. My intent is to train students to create their work with a strong conceptual foundation. My goal is to expose students to as much art as possible, both historical and contemporary art, through classroom discussions, lectures, and reading assignments.
I am a strong believer that everyone can create once they get over the technical hang-ups. In my classes, students are supported in developing a sense of playfulness within their art practice and a strong sense of trust within themselves and their ability to create.