The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - 10

ART AND ARCHITECTURE -
A PERSONAL JOURNEY
by DEBRA KRAKOW

ull disclosure: I wasn't one of those kids who grew up knowing they wanted to
be an architect, impressing their parents with their towering Lego creations.
My life's ambition, until I turned seventeen, was to be a ballerina. My father
was an architect. He mostly designed warehouses, worked long hours and always
seemed to be worrying about something. The career had no appeal.
Then one day, he showed me a portfolio of pencil sketches from his student days
at McGill. They were beautiful, delicate and artistic. Art was my favourite subject in
school but these drawings were on a whole different level. I went into architecture to
learn to draw like that. Fine Arts would have been a more direct route but, architecture
offered a better path toward financial independence.
My father had learned to draw from Gentile Tondino, the art prof at the McGill School
of Architecture. In fact, we had a big Tondino painting hanging in our stairwell at home.
So I was surprised and delighted to find that he was still at McGill when I arrived as
a first-year student. McGill didn't require an art portfolio for admission: Tondino knew
that drawing ability could be taught and he proved it by turning all of us into artists
in the span of three years. Every Friday afternoon, we would sketch a young female
model (clothed), while he admonished us to "draw what you see, not what you know."
By third year, the models were nude and the classes were moved to Saturday. Every
summer, the class would meet in a small town like Gananoque or La Malbaie and
spend a week sketching outdoors, mostly in watercolour.

Image: Darkness, by Debra Krakow

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018

Message from the Board
Art & Architecture
UX and Architecture
Index to Advertisers
Locations
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - Intro
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - cover1
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - cover2
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - 3
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - 4
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - 5
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - Message from the Board
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - Art & Architecture
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - 8
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - 9
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - 10
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - 11
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - 12
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - 13
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - 14
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - 15
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - 16
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - 17
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - UX and Architecture
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - 19
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - 21
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - Locations
The Right Angle Journal - Spring 2018 - cover3
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