On July 31st Marge,Lynne, Ann, Joe and I had the wonderful opportunity to have private drawing lessons from one of Yary’s professors. He is now retired from the Royal University for Fine Arts (RUFA) but agreed to to give us the honor to be taught by him anyway. Professor Saman told us that during the khmer Rouge, while he was working in the rice fields he saw vegetables in the rice fields that were represented in Angkor Wat carvings. That even in that horrific time he still managed to think creatively and see beauty through those extremely brutal conditions.
Professor Saman arrived promptly at 9:30 to the hotel. We gathered tables together and chairs in the lobby to create our own drawing studio.
With pencils, paper, straight edges and sharpeners we sat anxiously waiting to begin to learn authentic Khmer designs. These designs go back to the 8th and 9th centuries. They can be found on temple walls of Angkor Wat, Bayon and many others. The skill to create is not easily learned we found out as we began to follow the Master.
Lynne is totally focused.
Yary works along side his teacher. Now the Master instructing the Master.
Everyone is getting ready and excited to learn and create.
Khmer Chhan flower commonly found carved on temple walls and now used for decoration on buildings, hotels, museums and restaurants.
The master at work.
The lesson lasted 3.5 hours but we all could have gone on for many more. It was such an honor. The best part is that Yary Livan comes back to the states and works with me and my students. It will be so exciting to see what we will do.