Student Artwork Showcased in Louis E. Saavedra Administration Building

December 7, 2016 -- An exhibition of student drawings called “Wondergarden” is on display now through the end of the 2017 Spring Term in the Louis E. Saavedra Administration (LSA) Building on Main Campus. The students were all in a 2016 Westside Campus Drawing I class. Each 18"x24" drawing is made using white chalk on black paper.
December 07, 2016

“These are truly exceptional drawings for beginning drawing students,” said Studio Art instructor Lea Anderson. "I am so proud of their dedication and talent. But anyone can do this with practice and with the guidance of our art faculty in any CNM Drawing I class.”

Styled after black and white photographs created by the German sculptor and photographer Karl Blossfeldt in the late 1920s, the students’ drawings depict enlargements of tiny natural items, such as seedpods and leaves. Students whose work is being displayed include Connie Aronson-Wayne, Antoinette Caram, Judy Diehl-Faxon, Sasha Few, Nancy Henriksen, Scott Henriksen, Katrianna Jara, Theron Jones, Olivia Leyba, Ruth Linderman, Aleka Luevano, Angel Martinez, Scott Ray, Aurora Sanchez, Sarissa Sink, Courtney Pierce and Patricia Smith.

This is the second time Anderson’s students have been invited to display artwork in the LSA Building, where offices for the CNM president and vice presidents are located. Anderson noted that CNM President Kathie Winograd “is always thrilled to see what the CNM Art Department and students create, and she is a big supporter of the Fine Arts program at CNM.”

The framed artwork is located in the stairwell and the first floor entry to the building. Anderson said this artwork represents one of several basic drawing techniques students learn as part of the rigorous CNM Drawing I curriculum.

Anderson noted that she chose to have her students do this project because she wanted to challenge them to apply some of the skills they learned from earlier projects, such as still-life drawings in charcoal, graphite pencil and India ink.

However, she said that, “by drawing with white chalk on black paper, the 'values' – dark and light relationships – were reversed, creating a new investigation." All the marks had to be white/light marks rather than black/dark marks. She said students also learned to grid and enlarge the subject matter, which is another technique to draw accurately and dates back to the Renaissance. "I ultimately wanted them to experience and appreciate the incredibly detailed beauty found in nature as Karl Blossfeldt did.”