Responding to Éric Rohmer’s ‘The Girl at the Monceau Bakery’ (1962), students will consider the valuable role film can play in strengthening observational skills and the importance of the sketchbook in gathering extensive research for further drawing and painting.
Artists including Catherine Goodman, Edward Hopper, Marie Harnett and Milton Avery will provide inspiration for the day, allowing students to consider ways in to drawing. Through quick sketchbook studies, students will create lively primary observations of the fleeting figure-filled city scenes and interior shots portrayed in ‘The Girl at the Monceau Bakery’. Selecting stills from within the film, students will have the opportunity to consider composition, line and form, as well as finding colour through tone to help capture the atmosphere, movement and essence of a scene. These initial studies will go on to inform larger-scale mixed media drawings and paintings in the second half of the workshop, allowing students to explore the potential of materials such as coloured pencils, erasers, charcoal, ink and acrylic paints and build confidence in mark-making.