This time I went more willingly, to an afternoon session led by Lucy Lyons (who will be teaching a short course called "Exploring Art and Medicine" at Mary Ward Centre, starting 25 Feb). First stop was the "War, Art, and Surgery" exhibition, where we drew from Tonks' drawings of WW1 soldiers with facial wounds. Lucy pointed out how important it was to these men to be looked at in the steady way needed for drawing, without being judged, rather than being ignored.
|Wax model used for training surgeons (via)|
|War injuries, drawn by surgeon Henry Tonks (via)|
Being in the habit of photographing what I'm drawing, I would have liked "an original" but photography isn't allowed in the museum ... and I'm starting to wonder why, after spending all that time looking at an object or artwork during the drawing, I feel I need the photograph.
|After Tonks - two young men with facial injuries, Corporal PJ Smith and Private Joseph Hickey|
Around the corner, an interesting object in a square glass jar -
A challenging session - but interesting, definitely.