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Re: Water and the Arts

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James Nairne (
Sat, 05 Apr 1997 18:44:53 +0000

What about drawing from your local(school) swimming pool.
The difficulty is drawing from something that is always moving, that can
be seen at so many levels...water surface, reflection off surface, pool
floor below surface, shadow on pool floor, pattern on floor ... and all
interacting. Students should learn to make lightening quick sketches,
working hard to draw what they see, not what they think is there. Aim to
accurately 'see' and record the qualities of shape and line created by
the water. start with line alone...then introduce coloured line and

after (or before) you go perhaps you could look at different
styles/drawing languages used to represent water. David Hockney is an
English Artist, now based in Los Angeles, who has spent considerable
time using swimming pools in his work and examining various styles to
convey water. (drawings, paintings, coloured paper pulp, prints).

You could also look at the wood-cut prints of Hokusai. (and other
Japanese artists.) "The Wave" is his most famous image.

James Nairne