Once when I visited Chicago's Art Institute, I saw a group of art students sketching a sculpture. How cool, I thought. I'd love to do that. But how could I? I'm not a real artist.
Maybe now I am.
I'm lucky to live near several major art museums. The Seattle Art Museum (or "SAM" as those in the know call it) gets the big names -- Van Gogh, Manet, Sanger. No way was I going to haul out my sketchbook there.
There's also the Frye, a smaller museum in the hippest part of Seattle, Capitol Hill. That's where the full-time art students live. I don't have enough piercings or tattoos to sketch there.
That left the Bellevue Arts Museum. That's right, "Arts" with an "s." As in "Arts & Crafts." It's suburban like me, and its art is more approachable (also like me?). So that's where I headed to fulfill my fantasy, sketchbook in hand.
The museum has 3 floors and even more exhibits. I started on the 2nd floor with "The Infinite Possibilities of Origami."
|David Huffman, Hexagonal Tower
|Row Iwaki (Snake) & Hideo Komatsu (Horned Owl)
Then I moved to the top floor, to the life-size sculptures of Kathy Venter. She based these pieces on photos of models underwater.
I loved the poses. Even more, I loved that the models could stay still as long as I wanted. (Unlike live models who need to move every 5 minutes). I could choose the angle to sketch from, and I wasn't crowded by 20 other people and their oversize drawing pads.
Unfortunately, the Venter exhibit is over. But now that I've broken the ice, I may cross the bridge and try sketching at the Frye, or even SAM.
Have you ever sketched at a museum?