Thursday, January 21, 2010

Focused on Art Classes





The first month of the new year has not left me as idle as I would like to have been =)  I think January loans itself to a quiet restful month which I love to relish. I still haven't found the time to look at my garden catalogs, one of my usual January pursuits.  I started teaching again and had to put some effort into prepping for some new classes.  Two of my four classes are new this year in that I am calling them advanced.  I have taught some of these kids for 3 or 4 years now. I have taught them my whole bag of drawing tricks so to speak.  So I decided since this will be my last year with this group, I wanted to explore color and painting with them. Only problem is that I really only know how to paint with oils, and using them in our classroom situation is impossible.  So we are on a journey together of discovering watercolors =>  So here is my attempt at our first lesson.

half way through...the question is when to stop?
Here is Nita Leland's website where she shares this lesson.  I am relying heavily on other people's experience here. I can't wait to see what the kids do.  I will bring my camera tomorrow and share the fun with you later.

ha,ha I feel like I reverted to my 70's pop art

Some are mentioning that they would like to try it. In comments I give Judy the materials list. Then click on Nita's website above for instructions. It is easy and fun! But you must show me yours if you do give it a go ;>

14 comments:

melissa said...

I love this! Beautiful work. :) And thanks so much for the watercolor link you left me at my blog (the woman you mention here). I bought some new watercolors just today!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

Ohhh...I love it! Is there any chance you could teach your classes on-line as well? That looks like a fun art project...and if I knew what supplies I needed...I might just give it a try.

a woman who is said...

Judy: What a sweet comment. I used Arches 140lb cold press paper, professional grade watercolors and a sharpie fine point marker. The instructions are on the link that I mentioned. All things can be gotten at a craft store. You can also use student grade watercolors, just be aware that the colors are not as rich because they use filler. Prang is a reliable brand. The Arches paper is the important thing here. Buy a full sheet and just fold and tear for the neat deckled edges.

podso said...

It looks beautiful to me and makes me want to do some of my own. Show us more, please!

Vee said...

Oh don't sell yourself short...it's really lovely. It makes me want to try it myself!

Mermaids of the Lake said...

I really love it. It is fresh and gorgeous. Oh, it makes me want to get out my water color things. I am am an artist and teach, as well... but water color is not my expertise. This really inspires me. Thank you so much for sharing.

Mermaid Debbie

Charm and Grace said...

Lovely, light and definitely right for these gray and dreary winter days. It made me smile. I am happy to see that you're getting to actually DO some artwork, not just teach. Yay!

Blessings,
Christi

Just a little something from Judy said...

I feel like I have my very own personal art gallery here at this blog, and that I have an artist friend. I love seeing all that you create and am always quite impressed with your talent and skills .

Sara said...

I like it - very delicate. What an interesting idea...put blobs of color on the paper and then draw in the flowers with ink! Or at least, that's what it looks like to me as far as the method....looks like lots of fun.

melissa said...

Thanks for your sweet comment. :) Btw, you ought to put your pretty sink photo as your header image. Between your updates, I come here just to scroll to that photo!

Josie Ray said...

Well, that is beautiful! It looks like a Valentine's Day card. And very fresh, like an early May garden.

Barbara said...

They are so pretty and delicate. I like them.

dee dee said...

Ohhhhh, thank you for joining me today on Art Work Friday! What a fantastic posting! I love you beautiful watercolor flowers! The colors, the delicate line... how wonderful! I could see this reduced in size and made into cards. Please join us anytime!
Dee Dee

Balisha said...

I have painted with oils for years and took a few watercolor classes then gave up. This looks like so much fun...I might try it. Balisha

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