Our first meeting was last Thursday and we talked about art and any training they may have had. I also wanted to know what they expected to get out of the classes. They want to learn enough to feel confident to strike out on their own.
I proceeded to explain my method of instruction, which is something I've thought about but never had students. Yes, they would be my first students and I was pleased to have the opportunity to pass on what I have learned over the past six years.
We talked about composition and the different methods of laying out a painting. The basic rules of painting, background to foreground, dark to light and determining the source and direction of light.
Mrs N wanted to try realism while Mr P desired impressionistic. I proceeded to demonstrate back painting for Mr P while the piece Mrs N selected to paint was better suited for using a round brush with ultra marine blue to sketch in the various forms.
Class would last two hours and Mr P made the most progress using a #14 flat and a loose impressionistic style. Mrs N worked on the foreground and then the sky. While they worked on their paintings I would offer advice and suggestions for mixing paints to arrive at a desired color. It was then that I suggested they bring a notebook to write down the methods for mixing different paint colors.
What was interesting was the change of heart Mr P had regarding impressionistic and realism. He watched his wife, Mrs N, mixing colors and modeling them together, drew his interest. He returned to his painting and after offering him some suggestions he proceeded to make the buildings more realistic. By the end of the class Mr P's painting looked like this.
Mrs N's piece looks like this: