Painting students started the semester with observation - looking closely at objects in order to see things that may not otherwise be seen. We looked at some contemporary artists that observe and did some of our own observation. First, we gave out "high-fives" in the hall and observed responses from students - most were excited and participated, others gave quizzical looks, and a few were "too cool" to respond.
Finally, we had to get on to the real art - observational drawing. We spent days in class making drawings of the same object. Quick sketches, gesture drawings, positive/negative space drawings, breaking the object down into geometric shapes, and finally one long detailed drawing.