I have been making some adjustments lately.
In the New Year I will be teaching an art class for a homeschool co-op and I have dedicated 5 Saturdays to helping with creative projects for my church.
I am thrilled at both of these opportunities, because they give me a chance to interact with different age groups and try new things. Teaching is not about following a static curriculum, it is about what you learn from your students that you can turn around and teach again.
To teach is the greatest act of sharing a person can give.
Painting is not all about painting. Painting is an easier way to express color or value than with stiff drawing tools. The number one reoccurring issue that I run in to while trying to teach a visual concept is helping people describe what they see. Color is a sort of candy coating for the concept underneath.
Here is how it works:
- Find the scene of which you want to portray.
- Ask yourself, why do I find this scene interesting? What is my point of interest?
- Do a simple drawing. The drawing should show how your eye takes you to the point of interest. A small line drawing, called a thumbnail, should do.
- Do another drawing where you can see where the dark areas relate to the white areas. This is called a value composition. The greatest contrast should be where your point of interest is.
- Once you are happy with these two steps you can translate it to your paper or board that you paint on.
- Then create a painting over this design as the line drawing relates to the movement and the value comp relates to the pattern of light.