Drawing from Experience
from The Common, the Literary Journal of Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
by Fred Lynch, associate professor, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Abstract: This article reflects on a decade of drawing and discovery in and around the overlooked city of Viterbo in Central Italy. Following in the footsteps of the Grand Tour masters, this artist walked away from a monastic life of the studio to engage with issues of place and experience—looking outward rather than inward—and bearing witness to the foreign. While drawing can be a mirror to the brain, it can also be a window to the world. Onsite drawing is extrasensory, engaging smell, sound, and touch along with other inspirations and a host of distractions. It is an art of reaction, as well as action, as it questions issues of interpretation versus documentation. We are also introduced to the British slang term “coddiwomple,” meaning “to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination,” a worthy definition for drawing in itself.
Fred Lynch lives outside of Boston and is a professor of illustration at Rhode Islan School of Design (his alma mater) where he has taught visual communication classes for over thirty years and has won distinguished teaching awards. Fred also teaches a college course in Journalistic Drawing in Italy each July. Beyond teaching, he’s an illustrator, artist and active sketcher, posting regularly on the Urban Sketchers Blog. His work is being featured in a growing number of books about sketching and in magazines, as well as exhibits. This year, Fred was featured on the Travel Channel and in the French graphic journalism magazine, XXI Revue.
Teaching Blog: pictureitfredlynch.wordpress.com
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