Sketchbook 2016

In the 2016 Sketchbook, I continue to draw with my friends-artists, occasional participants, and lovers of the life model sessions. The sketchbook contains mostly selected sketches from the model sessions conducted in my studio during the Drawing Club activities. These meetings permit other participants and me to practice realistic drawing skills in a relatively systematic way. The Drawing Club activities are open to everyone who share the same love for life drawing practice as I do. We always practice the drawing skills in a very cozy end friendly...

The One on One drawing and painting course – Le cours de dessin et la peinture un à un...

www.facebook.com/DrawingStudioAndrePijet   http://pijet.com/2015/02/23/how-to-draw-what-you-see-comment-dessine-ce-quon-voit/   http://pijet.com/2015/02/23/how-to-draw-what-you-see-comment-dessine-ce-quon-voit-the-essentials-of-design-les-essentiels-de-design/   Le cours un à un est fondé sur la méthode d’interaction directe avec chaque étudiant pendant la durée entière de l’apprentissage du dessin. Mes observations et mon étude du comportement des étudiants m’ont appris que la majorité  des élèves ne dessinent pas ce qu’on leur demande  et que, si quelques-uns le font, ils dessinent très lentement, avec bien des hésitations et un grand manque de confiance. Pour remonter le moral de chaque étudiant(e), j’ai établi un système de pratiquer le dessin en direct où l’étudiant(e) est obligé(e) de suivre exactement le mouvement  que je fais moi-même avec le crayon. Autrement dit, un à un se veut un cours d’apprentissage intensif du dessin qui permet à chaque étudiant(e) d’obtenir les résultats significatifs, même s’ils n’ont pas le temps de pratiquer le dessin chez eux (ce qui est le cas pour la plupart des élèves). Le cours leur permettra d’exécuter assez de dessins d’une haute qualité pour pouvoir soumettre un portfolio impressionnant  à l’école de leur choix.  Par ailleurs, tout au cours de la session, je partage avec mes étudiants les diverses théories sur l’apprentissage du dessin classique qui sont fondées  sur les recherches scientifiques et sur l’histoire d’art.   The curriculum of my drawing course one to one is based on direct interaction with each student during the entire process of teaching her/him to draw. I found out through observation and studies of students’ behavior that the majority have problems drawing what they are asked and, if they do, they hesitate and draw very slowly revealing a sheer lack of self-confidence. In my course I ask each student to follow my every moment in the process of drawing an object or composition. In this way, the student is forced to do everything I do, regardless of her/his hesitations. This explains why I accept only two...

Galerie de dessin/Drawing Studio...

Belgo Building 372 rue Saint-Catherine Street West/l’Ouest Studio 325 Montreal, QC., H3B 1A2 514-237-1713   L’atelier est ouvert au public chaque jour de 11 heures à 17 heures sauf le dimanche The studio is open to the public every day from 11 AM to 5 PM except Sunday   Professional services in art education, drawing, painting, interior design, caricature, comics, and illustration. Les services professionnels en éducation d’art, du dessin, la peinture, aménagement intérieur, la caricature, la bande dessinée, et l’illustration.                ...

The Google Experience 2013...

The Google Experience 2013 The second experience of working for Google was as pleasant as the first one. At the beginning of summer 2013, The Google representant contacted me in order to prepare a concept for the project of decorative mural that would reflect on the cultural connections between two Nordic identities, Norway and Quebec. I prepared few mural proposals, of which the Google chose one. The mural I started to paint at the second part of September and I finished the artwork December 20, 2013. This time it took longer to conclude the artwork. It was due to the busy schedule of mine as well as the limited availability of the cafeteria space for working. Regardless the minor timing incompatibilities I was able to finish the mural before the end of the 2013. Proposal 1 ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 15 acrylic...

Can Satire be a Means to Visual Literacy? A Studio Thesis with Group Discussion....

The entire version of this thesis is available for downloading  on the Concordia University Research Repository (PDF). Introduction   Satire: the art which “afflicts the comfortable and comforts the afflicted.” H. L. Mencken (1880-1956) (Roukes, 1997, p. 85)   The principal objective of my thesis is to explore the value of satirical art and caricature through a studio-based research project. Another purpose is to confirm the notion that satirical art and caricature can foster visual literacy through the imagery of creative metaphor. I am also looking forward to confirming the importance of introducing satirical creativity into Art Education curricula as an essential element of artistic and cognitive development. I did six satirical paintings specifically for the purpose of this thesis. The completed artworks were shown to a group of sixteen voluntary participants. The participants were asked to answer a set of questions regarding the content of the artworks. These questions explored the educational possibilities of satirical art and caricature. The series of images was created to investigate how effectively satirical art contributes to knowledge and visual literacy. The satirical imagery presented uses information embedded in metaphoric symbolism. I hoped that this would provoke the viewer to active, deductive reflections in deciphering my paintings. The language of humorous imagery evokes various states of mind and, as such, shape one’s critical and aesthetic sensibility. The recorded audience responses to the questions about the metaphoric satirical narrative conveyed in my paintings formed the data for my study. Through my research I confirm the educational importance of satirical art and caricature. I believe that the art of caricature and satirical expression have a significant advantage over other artistic forms of visualization because these forms generate knowledge as a kind of social pedagogy. This is the main reason why satirical...

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The Google Experience...

  “The Google Experience.”  At the mid of June 2012, I received an invitation to participate in an open competition for a mural project for the new Google office, in Montreal. The proposal sparked my curiosity and I responded positively. Soon after I got invited to have an introductory tour of the Google establishment and an introduction to the project. I met with the person in charge who introduced me to Google’s interior design philosophy of the working space. The particularity of the interior arrangement of Montreal’s office fascinated me. It was a stunning experience. I can only say that Google’s working environment should be an example to follow by all companies, which look for an answer how to inspire the productive performance of their employees. The introductory tour was particularly inspiring, and before it had ended, I already got an idea of how and what to do for the mural. On the way back to the atelier, I started to think how in the best way to combine all the acquired information into one visual conclusive proposal. I decided to focus mainly on the cultural aspects of Montreal. At first, I modified the Google’s logo by transforming the two letters “oo” into music notes intertwined with irises, which symbolically refer to the city’s and province’s French flavor. In my proposal for the mural, I chose to focus mainly on the hockey and performance arts as the most significant aspects of socio-cultural city dynamics.  I prepared a watercolor sketch for the mural artwork, and I submitted my proposal to the Google committee. In a three-week time, I received an e-mail with the message that my proposal was chosen. I got invited to the meeting with the administrative board to discuss the details of the...

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