Friday, March 28, 2008
Yesterday’s art classes went well. Both were small classes, and I was able to get some one-on-one time with my students and some of my own painting done at the same time. These three watercolors have been done as lessons with my students. They are copies of other people’s work taken out of watercolor books. The Venice scene was taken from the internet – it was an attempt to paint "looser." Two of the biggest struggles for my students and me are to paint loose and to put color down without it becoming muddy. Painting with my students is always helpful, although I have trouble keeping the younger student's attention. These lesson paintings of mine are not usually my best work, because I am not focused so much on my own work, but on the student's work. Plus, I show techniques over and over on the same painting until I paint something to death. I don't want them to paint just like me, but I want them to find their own niche, and I want them to care how their art works out. Just writing that last sentence makes me realize that many of my students never see their art work as "bad or good." They are just happy no matter what. Is that okay? I guess it is good that they just enjoy being here and painting. On the other hand, they never seem to improve because "its all good." Their painting will be a mess, but they are okay with it. Other students get frustrated trying to make a painting look "just right." Then I have to convince them that it is okay for their painting to be unique or different. Keep painting; keep working it out. Art is so subjective. Who am I to judge? And yet, art is judged.