On July 16th, I hosted a live painting workshop where I taught 7 lovely ladies how to paint various flowers using the palette knife. I have to say that this was one of my best classes yet. Not only did these brilliant ladies do a fabulous job painting but they were great to hang out with. The workshop lasted from 10am to 4pm at Forstall Art Supply in Birmingham, AL accompanied with a great lunch by the owner Phillip Forstall. In those six hours, all 7 ladies created three paintings making it a total of 21 on paintings in all. How cool is that?
There were three lessons and each lesson focused on a painting technique for each flower painting. I saved my favorite lesson for last. Many said that the last lesson was their favorite. Below is an image of the step by step guide of the tree lessons taught in the workshop. I also added a few small clips to this post to give you an idea of what we learn in the workshop.
If you are interested in getting the full lessons and watching them online sign up for the Flower Painting Course click here.
I’ve notice that my teaching skills have gotten a whole lot better. The more I host live painting workshops the better my I get at communicating my ideas and concepts. Many of my previous class were not all bad but I have to say, that my teaching skills are getting a whole lot better.
I’ve even learned a few things from this class as well. One, don’t be afraid to let the students know exactly what needs to be worked on in their painting. In the past, I would be a little hesitant in telling some of my students what changes or modifications that needed to be made to improve their painting. Second, I learn that a lot of my students want to know how to mix colors. Several of the ladies in the workshop mentioned that they would love to learn how to mix colors a little better. Third, I learned that no matter how much I try to get students to paint like the painting in the demonstration, students always see something different than the instructor. What they see is not always going to be what you see. Meaning, their colors may differ and their subject matter may be more abstract than the painting in the demonstration. I realize that this totally okay. Each student is different and comes to my class with different experiences and skills. My goal is to allow them to find their way in the process.