Artist Paul Ingbretson from the Boston School of Classical Drawing and Painting gave a two day
workshop sponsored by Mandy Hallenius and the DaVinci Initiative
Maine and NH Board members were invited to attend
Da Vinci Initiative Workshop Retreat Martha Rives
On the 15th and 16th of May, fourteen NHAEA members joined members of the Maine Art Educators Association at Maine College of Art in Portland for an intensive workshop on classical drawing techniques. Led by Mandy Hellenius coordinator of the DaVinci Initiative nationwide, and artist Paul Ingbretson, the workshop led us through the steps and rationale behind this type of drawing, which dates back to Renaissance times and earlier. Using mathematics to determine ratios, proportions, and relationships is crucial in re-creating observed subjects, whether they are still-lifes, figures, or landscapes. We learned to look deeply at contours, shadows, and highlights, and to simplify our shading of white objects, to more truly depict volume. It is daunting to realize that even though we are accomplished art educators, and many of us teach drawing techniques consistently throughout the school year, there is more for us to learn and know. This opportunity to practice our craft is vital to staying actively involved in best practices. In addition to working in the studio, we were treated to a tour of the Portland Museum of Art and its wonderful collection of traditional and contemporary works. And of course, we got to experience the city of Portland with its restaurants, shops, and galleries. (Not much of that, though because we were kept busy most of the time in the studio!) This weekend experience was made possible through a grant from the Da Vinci Initiative, won by NHAEA Treasurer Lori Sweeney. In addition, we heartily thank Liam Sullivan, former NHAEA President, who is now Director of Student Services at Maine College of Art. He generously allowed us to use studio space at the College, and supplied wonderful breakfasts and lunches. We also must thank Mandy Hallenius for her warm enthusiasm and help in coordinating this workshop, and of course, Artist Paul Ingbretson for his massive expertise, good nature, and generosity of spirit. The materials we received, including a description of benefits of skill-based training, connections to the Common Core in both Math and Language Arts, and lesson plans for use in all levels from K – 12, will be very helpful both in the classroom, and in writing Professional Development reports. These materials are available to you as NHAEA members – let us know what you need!
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Members of the NHAEA Executive Board painted frames for a United Way Auction
Executive Board Members (Martha Rives, Debi Rapson, Lori Sweeney and Lisa Rancourt) participated in "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall..." A fundraiser sponsored by local artists and businesses from the Monadnock Region. The Executive Board volunteered to paint the mirrored frames which will be displayed prominently during the month of July in local businesses and events.
All proceeds from the event support the children and families of Monadnock Community Early Learning Center.
The Monadnock Early Learning Center, founded in 1970, provides a safe and nurturing environment for children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 12 years old. MCELC is a nonprofit organization and a United Way Agency.
Meeting Dates 2015-2016
August 31 st Souhegan HS
JUNE 30, 2016
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