Category: Teaching


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This past few weeks have been very full with teaching.  I have completed 2 of the three foundation classes: Acrylic 1 and Watercolour 1.  This weekend I complete the last foundation class Drawing 1.  I am finding that the teaching space is far more comfortable!

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I have mentioned that our house has experienced the death/rebirth cycle!   We are finally feeling settled in our space. There are still boxes that need to be gone through,  one box that seems to have disappeared…but for the most part we are settled. What a long time it takes to get this all done.

new photo of the room set up for the class.

In other news I finally got my video done for my Luminous World Art Show.  I took a series of videos just hours before the Opening happened on October 28, 2016 but when I went to process them my old computer wasn’t being at all cooperative.  Now that I have a new computer I was finally able to do the work to get the video together and up on YouTube.  Check it out!

Thanks for dropping by!  See you soon.

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Yahoo summer has arrived.  Today two days ago we had RAIN!  Which is a super yahoo.  The mosquitos will be bad as a result but the forest fire danger will be less.  We may even be happy to see the mosquitoes…well who am I kidding…not really!

Last week I finished teaching at Range Lake North school until January 2017.  🙂

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Here they are drawing the lemon the week before.  I gridded the image to help the students to be more accurate when they were drawing.

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Now we worked as fast as we could to get the painting finalized on one area at least.  The class period is a limited time so we got done what we could do.

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And here we all are!  We had a great time.  I brought my secret recipe cookies (which I started the class with way back in January) and even had 3 packages to raffle off. Congrats to Logan, Amanda & Abby for winning the cookies.  I have to say it was a fun experience to teach this class.  They are funny and completely enjoyable group of 13 year olds!

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As I was leaving the school I saw this display.  It is quite cool to be part of a new art program and be part of the inspiration of how the class is taught.  Robyn and I will work together again next January to bring this years grade 7 students along even further.   This year there was 19 students…next year… 27 students!  What a challenge that will be! 🙂

Now that summer is here I am going to only do a once a week post here and videos every two weeks. I want to enjoy the nicer weather.

Thank you so much for dropping by and for those who leave comments.  I appreciate all of it. See you next week on Thursday.

 

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04.21.2016 Afternoon Delight Donut. copy

“Afternoon Delight”, 8×10 inches, Watercolour

Well this weeks video is now live!

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I think I will be back to painting tonight…well maybe…could be a possibility…

I am trying to figure out my new routine now that I have added videos as well.  I have to figure out the time it takes to edit, narrate and so forth.  This is #3 so next week I think I shall actually time the whole process.  That will give me a better sense of things.

I plan to attempt to do a painting about the amazing thunderstorm we had on Monday night!  Thunderstorms are not common even in the summer, so to have one in April is highly unusual.  If you want to see a video and read more about it head over to CBC by clicking here!

Well I will see you after the weekend.  Thanks for dropping by.

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So here I am…the day after my last class for the 2015/16 Winter Art Classes.  This weekend I taught a brand new class.  We painted fun pears, worked on a background for a flower, and then the piece resistance a still life with a donut!  🙂

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Thanks Susan and Lesley for a totally fun weekend.  I do LOVE teaching!  🙂  I enjoy seeing my students confidence grow as we go through the various lessons.

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The above photo is all of the classes from January until early April.

I am still teaching Acrylic 1 at Range Lake North School.  We did a colour wheel last week and started the journey of figuring out the difference between cool and warm colours and what that means.
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So now I turn my focus to painting and videos.  A new video will be out on Thursday.  See you then.

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‘Tulips’ (the name for now), 5×7, Acrylic

I have these fabulous black and white patterned fabric. I had fun painting them.  But i have to say that this painting took longer than I normally spend on a small piece.  I realized that I have too much happening in the piece.  So the next one I do in this little series will be slightly different.  🙂

 I am a bit behind in producing paintings.  Turns out teaching keeps me very happily busy.

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So I have completed the first round of winter classes!  It has been such an honour to teach my students new skills in watercolour, acrylic and drawing.  🙂  Thanks for all the fun.  I have one more Drawing 1 class at Range Lake North School on Tuesday.  Then I am off until the end of March.

Ian and I will be taking a little trip. So I will post on Thursday and if I get a chance to while we are away I will try to blog.  No promises!  There will be a lot of photos when I return.

Thanks for stopping by.  See you on Thursday.

 

 

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01.11.16 Teaching at School3

Well I am back to teaching!  I sure enjoy sharing the knowledge I have acquired over the years.  This January to June I am teaching in one of the local schools. I teach on Fridays for 80 minutes with a grade 8 class.  The first session is just a get to know about me and starting to get to know about them…also about getting going and we did get going.  🙂

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Step-by-Step we go! I had to put tape around it to create the sharp crisp edge that a diamond has. And it worked very well!

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“Potential Happiness”, 6×6 inch, Acrylic for 100 Painting Show and Sale later in the spring.

Painting 6 of 100 complete.  Well I am so pleased with how this painting turned out.  🙂 My oldest son is a photographer and when he lived in YK he work for a diamond mine and he was able to take photos of raw diamonds. He used them in work publications and I get to use them for painting!

I have had these images waiting in the wings for quite a while.  Now it is time to dust them off and see what else I can paint.  I plan to do this painting again but sized up much larger.  I love exploring a range of different subject.

Thanks to Chris Cook for naming the painting “Eonian Conversation”  1 of 100 painting. The cards are in the mail!

I will see you on Thursday.  Thanks for dropping in to see what I have been up to.

 

 

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01.07.16 Richard Schmid ArpeggiosAll the paintings in todays blog post are from Richard Schmid’s website, they are all painted in oil.

With Ian away on a business trip I have completely immersed myself in art.  I am painting A LOT!  5 paintings done…only 95 left to go (more on that below).  Also I am reading an art book by Richard Schmid which is called Alla Prima 2.  My darling husband gave it to me for Christmas.  And he was so surprised at what he gave me! 🙂 As I read it I hope to share some of the insights that I am having, only some not all…or I will be rewriting most of his book.

I am completed fascinated with how other artists work.  How they approach their paintings, their time usage, as well as expectations of others and their own need to continue to explore.  Mr Schmid has been painting for almost 70 years and that length and wealth of experience is why I wanted to read this book.  He is an elegant writer! I have had plenty to think about.  01.07.16 Richard Schmid figurative

(His figurative work is just so inspirational)

The first page of chapter 1, apply named – Good ideas and Free Advice, he talks about ‘Talent’.  “The exceptional skill we label as talent is not a single capability.  It is a complex mixture of motive, curiosity, receptivity, intelligence, perception, sensitivity, expert teaching, perseverance, problems solving skills, timing, sheer luck…”  He thinks, and I agree whole heartedly, that talent isn’t a “natural endowment”  like the colour of one’s eyes or hair or how tall you end up being. With the exception of the ability to sing beautifully, that is one of the arts that is a “natural endowment”.  In my own small experience, I have been drawn to painting for a very long time before I actually took decisive steps to create a learning environment that on only included me but others who were and are feeling the same way.   From this very strong interest I gain the skills I needed to actually get to be the  painter I dreamed of being.  To me there seems to be a nebulous something that tugs and pulls at a person so that they want to learn how to draw, how to paint, how to sculpt,  or how to play an instrument.  Then once a person is hooked, they find a wide variety of ways to continue to expand and learn and live a more creative life.

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(I love his depth of knowledge about values)

Learning to paint or draw can be a deeply satisfying (though somewhat stressful) experience.  I love the fact that when we are first learning to draw or paint  we are actually discovering how to look more closely at a subject matter.  We learn to  look beyond the name of the item to the shapes and patterns of dark and light that make up what we are working hard to render on paper, board or canvas.  I have had the experience, twice now, of all of the sudden seeing “more”.  My experience has been that I am happily painting away when the jump happens from one painting session to the next.  Then I do a painting where I can ‘see’ more. I am so surprised that I  have gone back to look at the other paintings that I have completed to discover all the information that I hadn’t even known was there.  It is a very interesting, and somewhat exciting, experience.  And according to Mr Schmid this happens over and over again through out one’s art career.  I was excited to read that!   🙂

For me the many mental and physical facets that one requires to be a painter keeps me completely engaged.  My brain loves the constant expansive learning.  I know that there are so many ways to paint a subject.  This week I have launched into painting 100 small paintings (6×6 and 5×7 paintings)  for a show in the spring.  I will be exploring a whole range of subjects.  Some will be from life, others from images that I have taken over the years.   This week, so far, I have done two still lifes (from life), and 3 birds (from an image)…and today I started one from an image that my oldest son gave me to work from. I will post it on Monday once it is complete.  I have a story to share with it!

 

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(My still life’s are small in nature as I am working on small boards…can’t wait to expand up in size)

I will come back to Richard Schmid’s book again I am certain. But for now I have to get ready to teach.  I teach tonight (two students who are finishing the Acrylic 1 class from November) and I start teaching at a local school with grade 8 students tomorrow.   We start with Drawing 1 on Friday just after lunch.  I can’t wait!  Wish me luck.

See you on Monday! I will have lots to share.

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I was invited by Open Sky Creative Society to teach my Drawing 1 class in Fort Simpson this past weekend.

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It was a great weekend spent with some fabulous people! I had a fun time sharing my drawing knowledge with this eager group of students.

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This is a very busy class…I teach one step at a time, each exercise builds from the last and adds more information.  I do keep them moving!

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Then we get to the final 3 hours and it is all about using the skills we have learned and just drawing! The room was filled with quiet concentration.  12.07.15 Fort Simpson ColinI was so amazed at the final drawings that everyone created.

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I asked which drawing did they feel most pleased with.  Unfortunately I only had my cell phone and didn’t get the best photo. I always enjoy seeing which drawing that the students choose to share. Some decided to share their final drawing, but one found the lesson about lost edges to be the one that she learned the most from. 🙂

I haven’t taught this class over a weekend before, so it was very interesting to see how the hours flowed.  We were able to cover an expanded range of drawings because everyone was in motion already.  We even stopped 1/2 way through a lesson to take our lunch break and then we found it easy to swing back into the course work.  It was really interesting.

I would like to thank the Open Sky Creative Society for inviting me!  It was a fabulous busy weekend…and I am just a little tired today.  And I’m finished teaching for 2015. And I am back to painting for this week before I have to prep for Christmas!

See you on Thursday for Artist’s Corner.

 

 

 

 

 

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07.09.15 Exhibition

I spent a couple of hours at the Art Gallery of Ontario today.  This is my second visit since we arrived in Toronto on Monday.  The first visit was a scouting trip to see what is there and what I am interested in.  So today I went through the “Picturing the Americas” Art show. They had amazing works from the top of the Americas to the very bottom.

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I also found this painting. I have always liked this painting by JW Waterhouse – “I Am Half-Sick of Shadows,” Said the Lady of Shalott

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I love that I can see she is tired of working on the tapestry, stretching back while she looks outside (the outside is reflected in the mirror behind her) longingly. Can’t we all relate on a glorious day when we have work to do but would rather be enjoying the nice weather.

Today I focused on getting decent photos of paintings and making notes about the compositional elements that I see that the various artists employed.  I will be teaching a range of old and new courses this fall and in January and February.  One of the courses will be on composition!  🙂

I have been painting here. I hope to have a small painting finished here soon. It has a lot of details to paint! And we are having a good time here in TO.  Tonight we went to the dress rehearsal of the PanAm Games Opening Ceremonies!  The show is amazing but it is secret until after tomorrow night.

See you soon!

 

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I have to say that I do adore painting!

And I also have to say that it is wonderful  to be back at it.  So below is painting I finished today.  I started this painting as a life painting exercise but the tulips started to shift and fade.  Before I started painting it I had taken some photos just in case.  I am so glad I did.

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Tulips in Vase, Acrylic, 8×8″ (20x20cm) Available.

I plan to teach a painting class on painting flowers later this year!  So begins the practicing. Oh you know that it is just the excuse as I would have painted these flowers anyway!  🙂

Thanks for dropping by!  See you soon.