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Thursday, April 20 • 3:00pm - 4:45pm
HANDS-ON: Guerilla portraiture FULL

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Guerilla Portraiture is the act of learning to observe and record what you actually see fast enough so that nobody punches you for it. Between 30 and 50 percent of the brain is devoted to processing visual information. It’s important. The actual act of drawing, regardless of how innately talented the artist might be, sharpens his or her ability to interpret the physical world — much like reading or the study of math do. Drawing people, especially people who do not want to be drawn, is like a master class in the language of visual communication that you can take any time. On a bus, in a hospital waiting room, stuck at the DMV? Stave off boredom and make yourself smarter with this delightfully subversive practice.

The Session
1. We are going to spend a few minutes looking at projected examples of other works — some are historical, some are from contemporary artists — to get a sense of what’s involved. Participants will get a handout list of visual and scientific resources for further study. (10 minutes)

2. We will also spend a few minutes on drawing methods. Situating yourself for the best angle, put down the defining lines, and perhaps some ways to integrate cameras into the process when you want to. What are your rights? What are your subjects’? (10 minutes)

3. Draw. We’ll start with quick sketches of one another before, weather permitting, heading outside to find random, unwitting targets. 

4. You’re not required to show your work, but I will be available afterward if anyone wants to review or discuss. And we will create a conference hashtag for those who want to keep drawing through the weekend. (no time limit)

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Tonia Cowan

Graphics Director, The Boston Globe
Cowan is 20-year infographic veteran that has been at The Globe for almost two years. She previously worked in graphics departments at The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Newsweek, Associated Press and Canadian Press. Read the SND CLT interview with Cowan... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm EDT
Governors 5+6 Sheraton Charlotte, 555 South McDowell St, S Tower, Charlotte, NC 28204