Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Dog is Subject of Student Drawings

What could be more fun than spending time with man’s best friend at school?

Retired Emporia State University professor Dan Kirchhefer is Quincy Elementary’s artist in residence. He recently tasked the students with drawing a portrait of Samantha, a greyhound therapy dog on loan from the public library. The 5th grade students used the canine as a model in their printmaking exercise.

“Dogs have been a favorite subject for artists for several thousand years,” Kirchhefer said. “This is a great exercise in training your mind to work from a real object. At this stage, 5th graders are usually inclined to draw what they know, but every once in a while it’s good to practice with a live subject.”

The students had a great time drawing portraits of Samantha and enjoyed hosting Mr. Kirchhefer for three weeks of art instruction.