Open Studio: Figure Drawing
Jan 23, 2018

  • Child's drawing of a model.

    Open Studio: Figure Drawing, November 2017. Photograph by Alexus Knight

  • Man posing while children draw him.

    The model poses. Photograph by Alexus Knight

  • Boy sketching with pencil.

    Starting a sketch. Photograph by Alexus Knight

  • Child's sketch.

    The model under the sea! Photograph by Alexus Knight

  • Child's sketch.

    One model, many sketches! Photograph by Alexus Knight

  • Child's sketch.

    Shape and color. Photograph by Alexus Knight

  • Child's sketch.

    An unusual setting. Photograph by Alexus Knight

In November, Family Programs hosted a large-scale figure drawing event with live models, inspired by the work of Toyin Ojih Odutola, currently on view at the Whitney.

Ojih Odutola makes large-scale drawings of figures whose identities are somewhat mysterious. She often places her subjects in landscapes that combine elements of reality and fantasy, juxtaposing English countryside with Nigerian hills. In this spirit, families were asked to use their imagination and introduce surprising elements into their own drawings. As families sketched, they were encouraged to add imaginative backdrops and details to their sketches of the models. The result was an incredible mix of places and playful details. Check out the slideshow above! All photographs by Alexus Knight.

Elena Ketelsen González, Assistant to Family Programs