Back in 2015 while volunteering at a local gallery, I saw a pastel displayed behind the reception desk. I thought why can’t my pastels look that good.
I took down the name of the artist and did some research. I found out she taught classes and workshops. From mid-2015 through 2016 I was a part-time student whenever there was an open slot in the classes and became a full-time student in 2017.
The classes helped me improve my skills. While classes will no longer meet weekly we will continue to gather every so often to critique finished work and help get suggestions on other pieces.
Over the past year, I’ve taken classes regarding other mediums. I took an online class on watercolorlasy spring. Participants were given access to online videos then we met the instructor for a critique of our work. While the videos were helpful, I wanted some basic information on watercolor painting to learn things that I either didn’t know or may have forgotten.
I found an online watercolor class by Liz Steel. She’s a well known urban sketcher (watercolor painting mixed with pen and ink). Here website is www.lizsteel.com.
It’s only been a few weeks into the class but I’ve enjoyed it very much. She gives students a lot of information (downloadable lesson plans) with demonstrations videos to help you complete your homework for the week.
Last fall, I participated in a Make It, Take It class on Acrylics. It is very much like the paint night events people go to with their friends. The only difference is the teacher is a local artist and the image you paint that evening is based on the artwork of that artist. I don’t work in Acrylics normally so it’s nice to learn something about a new medium and how to apply it to an artwork.
Of course there are other mediums I could try. It’s always nice to try something new as well as develop new skills. As an artist, it is also a way to meet other artists and learn about their work.