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General Art Upper School Students Use Emotion as Medium

General Art students in Samantha Krukowski’s class recently let their emotions rule their sketch pens as they completed projects focused on gestural drawings. Krukowski said the gestural drawings are extensions of earlier studies where students experimented with making marks that represented motions or states of being, such as confidence, stillness, joy, confusion, laughter, anxiety, or emptiness. “For this exercise, students were given precedent artworks to study and copy by artists like Jackson Pollock, Cy Twombly, and Sol Lewitt, whose work employs a practice of abstract mark making,” said Krukowski. “Achieving a composition that filled the page and that successfully conveyed the character of and marks in the original artwork were important aspects of the assignment.”