Artist, prankster, and F.A.T. Lab member Aram Bartholl will hold a very unique figure drawing class this Saturday at the new Eyebeam location in Brooklyn. Rather than using paper and charcoal, attendees to this unorthodox drawing class will attempt to depict a nude model using only a classic version of Microsoft Paint and a mouse.
No antialiasing! No layers! Limited undos! Come and show off your mouse drawing skills in good old desktop drawing style.
Aside from being an all-around good time, this class may also be a clever critique of the value of learning antiquated art techniques. After all, if photographic processes replaced the necessity of having drawing skills in order to depict an image, then we must still be teaching drawing techniques simply for the merits of learning to think visually in terms of lines and mark making. Now that iPhones and photoshop have replaced the necessity of traditional photographic processes in order to produce an accurate image, why not teach a Microsoft Paint drawing class simply for the merits of learning to think visually in terms of pixels and digital file formats?
Update: Bartholl posted a set of SFW pictures of the very first MS paint figure drawing class on flickr, if you’d like to see the results for yourself!