ONE MINUTE ART CLASS DEMONSTRATION DRAWING
* CHOUINARD ART INSTITUTE *
Charcoal on Composition Paper 16" x 20"
Huebner taught a jammed packed drawing class at the Chouinard
Art Institute, three nights a week. Many of the enrolled students
in his class required credits toward college degrees. After
they had all completed registration Mentor informed them of
his policy. "Everyone gets an "A" in this class.
"A" for art. No one fails!" Then he added, "I'm
not teaching Calculus."
WW II most of Mentor's students were returning GIs getting an
'easy' education. Though he taught mixed classes and the students
ages ranged between 17 and 70 the bulk were the GIs.
the Roll Call, passing out supplies to the constantly unprepared,
giving a half hour lecture, giving the individual student a
personal demonstration of their own work, demonstration drawings
had to be reduced to approximately one minute each. As became
an ongoing custom every place Mentor worked the Drawings he
discarded in the trash were always retrieved. Obviously many
one too, had been 'saved'.
'found' movie production drawings, are frequently discovered
at prominent auction houses, like Christie's or Butterfields.
Mentor's drawings, for important films like Blade Runner, North
by Northwest and other classics can always be expected to pull
in a high bid ~ trashed or not. However, this demonstration
drawing, though of sentimental value...is only a 'doodle.' It
represents one of 60 to 90 such doodles, he did three nights
a week for years. As with all the others, this drawing too was
accomplished at optimum speed. It has a patched corner tear.
This tear is the result of the incredible pressure Mentor experienced,
as he attempted to instruct, each of his 90 students ~ during
the three hour drawing session allotted.
was always in a great hurry and so I can imagine that on that
particular night, over a half Century ago, he must have ripped
the drawing from the drawing pad, and after he finished demonstrating,
with his usual casual nonchalance, he threw it into the trash
bin. It had no meaning for him.
never could be bothered to roll the unwanted drawings into a
crumpled ball. So now, even though 'trashed' ~ this drawing
and others like it, surface and find their way into our lives.
Though not what Mentor would consider 'real art' ~ the drawing
does offer an interesting and unique bit of art history.
drawing was salvaged by an art lover from a trash bin during
a Chouinard Drawing Class over 50 years ago. )