Lines and Animation inspiration at The Drawing Center, Soho

Lines and Animation inspiration at The Drawing Center, Soho

Beyond the shops and restaurants of Soho lies The Drawing Center, a gallery devoted to works on paper. This has been one of my favorite venues to view art, mostly because of its interesting location on the border of Chinatown and Soho. It also tends to be a bit quieter than the major museums of Midtown and the Upper East Side.

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On view are artists Sean Scully and Alexis Rockman. Children will probably notice that Scully’s work deals heavily with line and color. Encourage your child to take notice of the almost sixty sketches and studies on display at the far end of the gallery. Each small sketchbook piece reinforces the process of art and how professional artists plan, think, and change ideas in order to complete one piece.

Rockman’s whimsical, fluid watercolor and ink pieces were the inspiration the animations in Ang Lee’s movie “Life of Pi”. On the lower level you can watch some snapshots of how the drawings were translated in the film.

*If you’re in the neighborhood this weekend, they are hosting a free family workshop Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 10:30am – 12pm. Focus is on children ages 8-11 and is in relationship to the Scully exhibit. Register in advance by calling (212) 219-2166 ext.205 or e-mail [email protected]

Art Teacher’s Tip:

  • Because sketchbooks for both artists are on display, encourage a daily practice.
  • Have a conversation with your child about how every large idea begins with a small seed or just a sketch! Because children are so heavily immersed in media, emphasize that a physical, tangible piece of art helped create the atmosphere of a movie. You can also have them think about what other things in their daily life have emerged from creative thinking.

The DrawingCenter

35 Wooster Street (between Broome and Grand)

New York, NY 10013

(212) 219-2166

Christina Soriano is an artist and K-5 visual arts specialist in New York City. Follow her on twitter @sorianodesigns.

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