Observational Drawing Course with Nesta Fitzgerald


Saturday 29 June 2019

‘A drawing is simply a line going for a walk’ said the artist Paul Klee and in our drawing class we spent quite some time walking around too, seeking inspiration for what we wanted to draw. Nesta suggested that we might do some rubbings of the hexafoils etched into the  walls of the barn but in the end, two teenagers on the course  walked down to the river for inspiration while the rest of the group positioned themselves on the lawn in front of the barn to sketch the buttresses and stubby thatch of Messums magnificent medieval building.

It was a beautifully sunny day and Nesta was an inspiring teacher whose infectious enthusiasm emboldened even the most timid of the draughtsmen.

Putty rubbers were used as a tool for drawing through charcoal, HB pencils hatched the most subtle of delicate lines; some used pen and ink. The air was filled with a cacophony of scratchings and murmurings as Nesta hovered between us with a steam of unbroken eulogies.

We stopped for a delicious lunch in the Mess Restaurant before continuing for a further two hours, culminating in a critical assessment by Nesta of all our works.

The variety was remarkable – illustrating the  diversity of observation of the same subject; something worth noting in all aspects of life, not just drawing.

Nesta was a great champion of us all in a way that particularly affected the younger students, who had started the day reluctant to leave their Instagram accounts and mobile phones, but ended it beaming with satisfaction.

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