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Student Perspective – Virtual Marathons: Whitson Ramsey
July 27, 2020 · Marathons
I am a painter from Mississippi and have been interested in attending a Drawing Marathon with Graham Nickson for almost two years. I must admit I was skeptical about what the Drawing Marathon would be like online. I imagined that the large scale works I had seen made during a marathon and the immersive experience I had heard so much about would not be possible in an online course. But after giving it a lot of thought and trusting the reputation of Studio School’s Marathons, I realized that the Marathons are unique every time and this particular circumstance was only going to serve as a new kind obstacle that had the potential to yield very interesting results.
Once the Marathon began, I was immediately impressed with the fluidity and professionalism that it was greeted with. Graham Nickson and his colleagues did a fantastic job curating a creatively rich and challenging environment for each student. I found that being forced to work outside of my comfort zone intensively for two weeks was a great experience. The Marathon was both physically and mentally demanding and, of course, extremely rewarding. I had a great time working from my own studio and I think I came out of this experience a more competent artist. As I return to my own studio practice, I am excited to see how my experience in the Virtual Drawing Marathon will influence my own work both consciously and subconsciously.
Applications are open for the Fall 2020 VIRTUAL Drawing Marathon with Graham Nickson & Guests, September 8th – 18th, 2020. Learn more and apply!