This past May, I spent a week with an inspirational group of artists in Buffalo, NY, teaching a portrait and figurative workshop.
It's amazing how much I learn when I teach. I learn more about my process by answering questions and demonstrating, about new tools and gadgets that my students love, and I learn how to be a better teacher. It's not an easy gig, but it is incredibly rewarding when you have the right mix of motivated students.
The week builds from simple exercises to more complicated design and color work.
We start with face-only portraits and end with a full-sized, fine art painting.
The mornings start with a demo of a lesson or exercise and a review of the day before, following by student painting time. The students are given instruction in several ways: 1) I rotate through the students as they work, giving one-on-one instruction, 2) I demonstrate for the group and have answer questions, 3) I present a power point presentation with the concepts introduced, and 4) we have critiques of the work at the end of the week.
Here is some of the wonderful art that was created. Unfortunately, I don't have all the artists' names for each painting, so there's no credit with the images. You can find these artists and more at the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society Facebook page:
Want To Attend A Workshop?
Next year I will be teaching two back-to-back workshops at Riverside Art Workshops in Hudson Valley, NY. The first one is filled, so we added another. I'm really excited about these workshops because of the subject matter (portraits and cityscapes), the gorgeous location, and the intimate class size (only 12 students per class).
This is a great opportunity for motivated artists who want more one-on-one instruction than a traditional workshop and are serious about improving their skills.
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