My kind of watercolors!  With a Twist.  This is a gorgeous example of what watercolor can be: powerful yet soft, delicate edges filled with intrigue, balanced, calligraphic design, ribbon like flow. Harmonious. Its Zen.

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Energised Watercolors

 

Challenging Art Lessons and Topics

I’m sorry that I can’t take credit for creating this artwork, but Joyce, a lovely student, painted it in my ‘Watercolour With a Twist’ art class at Atwell Gallery. The group taking watercolor art lessons, has been every art teacher’s dream:  Willing, excited and happy to try new, Twisty art techniques and materials, never complaining!

I’ve been so lucky!

What’s interesting too, is that as they learn new techniques, I find I’m having to stretch myself immensely week by week.

Inventing, researching, exploring every single week. Coming up with something new.

Finding processes and topics that will inspire and challenge each of us.  I’m really, really enjoying this.

 

I do not think I could ever return to the type of art lessons that involve students merely sitting and copying from a magazine photo, book, or someone else’s painting. Nor, the social ‘just filling in the time’, traditional, watercolor classes.

 

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Atwell Gallery art lessons

 

It would drain the individual Creativity right out of them. And me.

 

 

Watercolors With a Twist has been Energizing!

Term 4 is over and when 2016  Term 1 rolls around,   new classes are on the agenda with different formats.  I do like different.  And, Change is good.

 

The art students have left the pencil behind!  Using drawing media like charcoal and graphite pigment, fat wide pastels, drawing on newspapers, on plywood, Stonehenge paper – adding flickers of eye shadow into charcoal. Just to see what happens.

Don’t you just love that spirit of adventure?!

Inspirational.   Puts light into the eyes and energy into the images created.

 

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Lilac Valley

 

Gratitude

Did I already say that I loved teaching this term’s 2 art classes? Oh yes,  I might have. Well, guess I can say it again because I truly am grateful.

As the year ends, and I reflect upon this year’s challenges and rewards, I think its a wonderful opportunity to also express my gratitude.

 

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Blue Watercolor with a Knife

 

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Dark Forest Light

Check out Watercolour Tips,  for more posts and information on fun types of watercolor painting techniques and the basics of mixing/brush use.

 

Finally,

Every image was created by a student in class, using a palette knife and watercolors on damp paper.

I never ‘help’   i.e.  touch a student’s painting, so anything they paint, is always entirely their own creation.   Because if,  I take over their painting, I take their creativity.  

So, instead,  I provide tips and guides, basics and ideas, recommendations.

And their work always remains …. Theirs.    Energised!

 

 

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