From Studio to Classroom – At Last
Tomorrow the weekly painting classes begin in my studio. It’s set up for four students, even though I would have taken as many as six. As it turns out, I may have only the original two people, and that’s fine too. After all, this is an experimental run at having classes. I’ll know a lot more about what direction to take after this. I do know that these two students are very interested in learning a lot about the “tools of the trade” — techniques for applying paint, textures, gels, mediums, and some mixed media effects. They will decide what they want to do with it on their own, and meanwhile we will play and play.
So as promised, here are some pictures of the finished setup in the room.
My demo table is in the foreground, with the larger table where the students can work. I have table top easels, but they aren’t going to be needed right now. They’re available any time someone would like one.
Yes, I’m using my same table cover, an old vinyl shower curtain that’s been in use for years, with its layers and layers of paint. I should add that the shower curtain was brand new when I started. It was never used for actual showers.
And here’s just a tiny peek at how driven I can be. I’ve created texture samples to show some effects of the different gels and mediums, plus some homemade textures too. Of course I had to type and affix labels underneath each one!
I’m looking forward to a fun series of classes.
Would you Dare Tell All?
I’m happy to report that Seth Apter at The Altered Page has featured me in Chapter 2 of Tell All yesterday, Sunday, January 13th. I didn’t reveal that much, but if you read through the many statements by all the participating artists, I think you’ll relate to much of it. It’s nice to see we’re not alone as artists! Thanks so much, Seth!