Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Rebecca Chung - Student Art

This piece is over two years old and was drawn in graphite for me by Whitney alum Rebecca Chung when she was a senior in my 3rd level drawing/painting class. The assignment was a drawing and shading review since many of my returning students hadn't drawn much over the summer. The students were each given a popcorn kernel that they were told to enlarge to at least 3 inches by 3 inches. They were told to draw as realistically as possible and to put in a wide range of value (shading). Then to draw the kernel in an environment where it made sense. Most kids just put in a horizon line along with a cast shadow and call it done, but not superstar Rebecca. Oh no, she pulled out of her hat this scary story of abduction by a circus performer with the popcorn morphing into a serpent. It was a frightening piece but so beautifully executed as you can see. Rebecca is a phenomenal talent and is in her second year back east at Williams College. I was lucky to be able to work with her and buy many of her pieces at Open House to teach with.

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