Friday, October 23, 2009

studying scale at starbucks and salsaritas

starbucks
Last week I asked my first year students to sketch 5 interior environments with people.  The results of the exercise were mixed, with many focusing more on individual portraits and less on the space.  The reason for the assignment is to understand the importance people play in making spaces active and the sense of scale they provide to a drawing.  To better explain this in coming weeks, I set out to complete the assignment for myself via stops at Starbucks and Salsaritas.
salsaritas

12 comments:

that's just it said...

blogger needs to adapt the 'i like' button.

i would be pushing it right now.

TeresaR said...

Ditto what "That's just it" said! I'm always in awe of your public spaces sketches.

cactus petunia said...

It amazes me how quickly you manage to capture the essence of both the people and the spaces.

Your students are very lucky!

Stephanie said...

I am an iarc student from Columbia College Chicago...and I stumbled across your husband's blog, and then yours...GREAT WORK!

Very inspiring for a student in her last semester!!

Not sure if you guys are teachers at UNCG or not, but my best friend just graduated from the iarc program there...hopefully she had the pleasure of having either one of you!!

Thanks for sharing the great work!

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Gosh, I could learn so much from you Suzanne (well, I DO learn so much). You are brilliant.

Priscilla said...

Great! I want to try it!

suzanne cabrera said...

Stephanie---great to hear about the iARC connection. Who is your friend?

Stephanie said...

Jenny Thornton, She just finished in May. She raved about the program at UNCG!

IamANT said...

I always preferred Barnes and Nobles for sketching over Starbucks. Still, I love your line work in the detail of the walls and corners.

Phyllis said...

Dan Kent at Everyday Matters wrote about this assignment, and an anonymous commenter posted your address - Dan's results speak eloquently for this lesson, and I just want to thank you for sharing it.

sketchbloom said...

I love your sketching style, and how you use your blog (also) as a teaching tool. I left a comment (or thought I left it but didn't submit it?) I wanted to let you know i crafted a post on sketching supplies!

What do you think? http://wp.me/prj6s-qK
keep up showing up to your work. hugs. miti

Salvador said...

Hi Suzanne! It's been quite a while since I stopped by your blog to see what you've been up to. I really like these two drawings a lot; they are quickly done and still capture the people, space and environment of where you were that day. You, of course know that I'm a café, people watcher addict and that it would be impossible for me to not like these drawings. Keep the the wonderful work Suzanne!