Students in Lauren Cunningham’s painting, drawing and printmaking courses had the unique opportunity to draw an animal in perpetual motion, as FWCD mother IsabellePotts brought her horse, Moonpie, and pony, Elliott, onto campus for a special art event.
“My students have been learning to draw accurate proportions using the fundamental skill of sighting,” Cunningham said. “We have spent a lot of time drawing still-lifes of inanimate objects, but I wanted students to experience working with a live model. Horses are great subjects because they have such accentuated musculature and a majestic presence.”
Earlier this week, Cunningham’s students practiced drawing horses from photographs. “Thursday was the big day,” said Cunningham. “My students were challenged to draw an animal that is never still. Today's lesson was about flexibility and patience as much as it was about learning to see. These are important life skills.”
Elliot and Moonpie were on campus from 9-11:30 a.m. Students were given permission to miss announcements so they were able to immerse themselves in the drawing process for a full hour and a half.
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Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a K-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.