I attended a class three afternoons the last week of June. It was “Seeing Through Drawing” as part of MoMA’s Prime Time Summer Camp. (Reminds me of going to EVERY [no kidding] summer Bible thingy in every church in town to make bookends, ashtrays, lanyards, etc. to find something to do with myself.)

Anyway, while sitting in one of MoMA’s classrooms (by the way, NYC Urban Sketcher Mark and his wife were next door learning about iPhone photography tips and tricks) we were being taught the use of charcoal and still life set ups were there so we could practice midtones, lights and darks in order to make objects have form. I was immediately reminded how much I enjoy charcoal, even the messiness of smearing with fingers. The still life consisted of those long white balloons twisted into knots, placed on white paper which also resulted in a myriad of different shadows. I drew mine, it was passable, but got distracted by the educator, Emily.

Then I got distracted by the distracted other summer campers at the other table.

Oops. Forgot. The class started by all of us taking stools and going up to the Fifth floor Surrealist gallery where we sat before a De Chirico painting and spent time discussing it. It was interesting how a painting changes when you know what was happening in the artist’s world at the time.

Also, the Prime Time programs are free, the only restriction is age and you have to be quick to respond to to the emails when events are announced because they fill up immediately. There are lectures, gallery talks, movies, studio classes and more.

Drawn from life. Vine and compressed charcoal, kneaded eraser on #1 newsprint and #2 some mysterious other toned paper.