Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Turtles Week 1 and 2 (and 3!)

One of my teenagers and I have been working on a turtle (mine's the little one) for a couple of weeks. We're figuring out how acrylic works and if we like it better than gouache. I haven't ever been the biggest fan of acrylic paint, but I'm starting to like it more. And don't worry, the background is definitely going to change. I think it'll look sweet once the face and fins are done. 

Georgia O'Keeffe

So this week with the littles we learned about Georgia O'Keeffe! My middle little was SO excited when she found out that this week's painter was a girl (something I didn't really think about). "You mean, this painter was a GIWL??" Yeah, girl. She was. #feminism

Georgia did a lot of desert scenes, but I love her up-close flowers. The girls got to choose flowers and recreate them with chalk pastels. I was going to do this project with paint, but the girls wanted to learn what chalk pastels were like. That was a great move because they lerved them so hard. They were having so much fun -- and the flowers went so quick --  we did two drawings each. Success!

Sunday, February 2, 2014


My student who did the Gandhi drawing is getting into gouache now. I've converted another! He just picked it up so quickly, too. He started this Spiderman piece a couple of lessons ago. He's really into choosing a piece of art he likes and trying to replicate it. A lot of artists have done this to practice techniques and improve skills. Of course, it's always acceptable and even encouraged to take artistic license and change things. 

Our goal for this piece is to get it completely finished. We've done a lot of "sketch" pieces and are moving towards completed paintings. It takes a few lessons, but I think it's worth it to finish while you have momentum. 

I'm really happy that I have such independent-thinking students. I come to a lesson with ideas for the next lesson, and they always tell me what they want to do or don't want to do. I'm just there to give them advice, teach them techniques, and help them build their artistry. It's really humbling and so very exciting. I can't wait til this one is finished! 

(Sorry the picture's a little blurry. I'll try to get a better one next week.)