We will be drawing from life and incorporating imposed narratives in the form of physical objects, backdrops, and drawings from memory. Formal issues will include studying the human figure in once a week, 3 hour drawing sessions, focusing on the use of medium handling, observational technique, value, and composition. Balanced with observational technique, doodling is encouraged! On days that we do not have a model in front of us, we will be exploring a method of storytelling that focuses on the relationship between the hand, the brain, and spontaneous images. Working with both images and writing, we will be learning how to communicate through image making: marks that tell a feeling, colors that express a story, and finding our own personal mythologies through symbols, objects, poetry, and expressive figure drawing.
Some artists that we will be looking at for inspiration on opening pathways to creativity are Lynda Barry, Dominique Goblet, Nicole Eisenmann, and Wangechi Mutu.
Mara Ramirez received her BFA from San Francisco Art Institute in May 2019. She has taught art lessons in various art studios and private homes throughout Sonoma County and the greater Bay Area since 2013. She has worked with ages ranging from 3 year olds at the San Francisco Children’s Art Center at Fort Mason, ages 5-12 at Artifact and Scribbles and Giggles in North Bay, teenagers in the Young Artist Program at SFAI, to people in their sixties in private homes throughout the Bay Area.
She is a core founder of Freak Comics, an independent self-publishing Bay Area comics collective that curates, edits, and prints bi-monthly anthologies, as well as their own personal work. Freak Comics has tabled at local and international independent comics events such as Comics Art Brooklyn. She has been in over 15 group shows in the Bay Area in the past three years. She has shown in many spaces including the Diego Rivera Gallery, The Convent, and many D.I.Y. spaces throughout San Francisco and Oakland.
Her comics are mainly autobiographical, and concern matters of intimacy, trauma, and healing. Her work is experimental, playing with abstraction, color, and the action of mark making as a means of clarifying her own experiences through the filter of emotion and memory. These stories range in content: existentialism, sexuality, gender, and mental illness are some of the topics that have emphasis.