< Back to Journal
Student Perspective – Virtual Marathons: Camila Chaves Cortes
May 11, 2021 · Marathons
The Virtual Marathon with Dean Graham Nickson at the New York Studio School was a way for me to excel in artistic skills while enjoying exciting practices, critiques, and guidance which takes one on a journey of discovery and unknown creativity. Be prepared to give your most and at the end of the marathon you will need a massage for your aching body!
During the Marathon, I participated in daily exercises including working from the model and processes that reassess the synthesis of drawing and painting by studying the masters, direct looking, and creating transcriptions. We studied intricate possibilities in the investigation of drawing and painting by studying hands, figure groups, and the mystery of the portrait. Assignments were poignant in that they required students to understand present issues and seek viable solutions.
The critiques and discussions were lively dialogues from the point of view of each artist balanced with content, grammar, sensibility and interpretive narrative that fueled the development of each artist. In addition to the artistic experience, philosophy, and didactics, the entertained by Graham Nickson and the guest artists made the Marathon a memorable experience.