Drawing is the most fundamental tool of any artist’s practise, the basic foundation on which art depends for its very existence. Drawing is a process, a journey; the artist taking thought as the hand moves across the paper. Drawings can be made for public display or as the private notations from which public work comes; they can be complex or simple, large or small, elaborately finished or no more than a few hasty lines. Above all they are personal.
Artists at various stages in their careers and in history have hired assistants to help with their paintings, their sculptures and their graphic works, but no artist ever hired someone else to make their drawings.
This Day School investigates the ways in which artists through the ages have made and used drawings, and considers the things that those drawings can tell us more clearly than any other medium about art in general and individual artists in particular.