Spring Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Four

Still LIfe - SpringTuesWk4/2014

I threw a small wrench into the works yesterday. Instead of setting up a traditional, well-lit still life in the centre of the studio, I gave each student a seashell. Instead of a demonstration, I did a presentation/discussion. I described our project as a creative exercise. The goal was to make a painting ‘about’ the seashell.

We looked at the work of a few artists; Georgia O’Keeffe and Henry Moore, in particular. I offered some suggestions, ideas and potential approaches. I knew it would be a challenge to many of the students and it was. Interestingly, it was several of the students who possess solid drawing and rendering skills who found it most daunting.

You can’t teach imagination. A well-conceived exercise, however, can help the students explore and take a few steps out of their comfort zone. They might be baby steps but it can be a very positive experience.

Presentation and demo by Barry Coombs - SpringTuesWk4/2014

Everyone persevered, as usual. Most had fun and found it to be a refreshing change from our established format. Some of the results are quite stunning but, more importantly, everyone pushed themselves, at least a bit. Some stuck to their comfort zone for the most part, doing single or multiple studies, but they were more exploratory with colour than usual. Others were inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe and aimed for an organic abstract quality. Overall, many of the solutions are quite imaginative.

We need to do things like this more often. I can’t wait to see what happens next Tuesday.

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday AM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

Tuesday PM Critique

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3 Responses to “Spring Tuesday Watercolour Class – Week Four”

  1. William Brisland Says:

    Barry,
    Always a pleasure and comforting factor when receiving these blogs, please keep them coming. Extremely inspirational.
    William

  2. Lois Says:

    Love,all the different ways to do a Sea shell. Nice work from the
    Students.
    Lois

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