“Close Your Eyes and Sing”: More on Experimental Drawing

Arts instructor Ascha Drake shares a second experimental drawing lesson.

The Bay School's Experimental Drawing Lesson

“To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.”

                  – Pablo Picasso

Students in the Drawing 1B class continue to experiment and explore with materials and ways of drawing. What does it feel like to draw with your eyes closed?

They each made three drawings working with three different objects. For each drawing they followed the following instructions:


* Examine your object in silence for five minutes.

* Write a detailed description of the object. Describe its size, weight, color, surface qualities and look for any special features that you might make into a focal point.

* Blindfold yourself.

* Use a range of pencil marks. Push, pull, twist and turn the pencil. Press firmly, press gently in order to produce a variety of thicker, thinner, darker, lighter marks. Make dots, dashes, smudges – whatever is appropriate to what you are touching/feeling.

The Bay School's Experimental Drawing Lesson The Bay School's Experimental Drawing Lesson

The aim of this exercise was to encourage students to realize a direct route of communication between their two hands. Tactile information is transferred and made visible in the process. When looking at the outcome of their drawings, students acknowledged that interesting marks were made in response to haptic sensation.