Jacqui Biggs Larsen
BYU ExperienceHagen Haltern’s Intensive Drawing Studio, Larsen explains that like the best teachers of art, Hagen guided his students in the momentous dual task of forging both a personal vision and a formal language to house that vision. He influenced them to believe that art is a task that is never fully completed, but evolves as the artist does, becoming a way of life.
In Larsen’s opinion, in the Intensive Studio, Haltern created a microcosm of the artist’s life. She relates that students spent their days in that room with the instructor, each gingerly carving out individual visions while talking, laughing, singing, sulking, arguing, or falling silent. Hagen showed them that inspiration could be found in disparate and often seemingly unlikely places—from close observation of nature (shells, feathers, and bones), to stepping out of pop culture and inhabiting other worlds and perspectives via foreign films, the in-depth study of a wide range of artists, and the scriptures.
It’s hard to measure the effect one teacher, or one class, has on a lifetime of work, but certainly Haltern and The Intensive Studio left its mark on Larsen. She values her time there for the deep camaraderie, the devotion to creating that they shared, and the overall atmosphere of faith and hope.