September 13, 2017
Remember to start getting your supplies and please try to have them all by the 9/27 so we can start right in with your first painting.
For next week (9/20): please bring in one or more pictures of something you might want to paint. Remember, our first painting will be "wildlife" themed. Try to get a very clear image. The more detail you can see in the photograph, the better.
I look forward to seeing you all next week!
September 20, 2017
September 27, 2017
Hello, students! I hope you haven't had any trouble getting your supplies. Again, please let me know if you have any questions.
Here is an example of the kinds of paints to get:
If you can't find these, no worries, just get a good quality type of acrylics. (Ask the art store employees for suggestions.)
Remember to bring in picture(s) you would like to use as a reference for your painting. And make sure you have at least your one inch brush and your first gesso board as we are going to be working on backgrounds. I'm so excited to see these paintings come to life!
October 4, 2017
Hi, Students! Please work on your backgrounds this week. Remember to let the first layer dry fully (24 hours is ideal) before applying the second.
Please also watch the following videos:
- About transparency with acrylics:
- A time-lapse of an acrylic painting (we will be using this same method to transfer your images to your gesso boards):
Let me know if you have ANY questions! Happy painting! :)
October 11, 2017
October 18, 2017
October 25, 2017
November 1, 2017
November 8, 2017
November 15, 2017
November 29, 2017
December 6, 2017
December 13, 2017
January 10, 2017
Students: Please work at least 1 hour on your painting before next week. (Ideally, you should aim for 2-4 hours.) We will be moving on to a new project in two weeks, so we need to get these done!
If you have any questions or are just needing motivation, please contact me! :)
Reminder: Start looking for portrait ideas. Keep in mind, it needs to be from the waist or shoulders up and a very clear image, not fuzzy or blurry. You can paint someone you know, but I would advise finding a picture of someone you don't recognize for this first one.
See you in class!
January 17, 2017
January 24, 2017
Keep Painting! :) I will show you how to add a varnish on next week. Each of you needs to spend time each week on your painting outside of class. If you are having trouble doing this, please let me know.
Please acquire the most clear print of your reference photo and bring it in next week so we can start portraits. (Ideally, if you are painting on an 8x10 canvas, your image should be printed in 8x10.) Start thinking about background colors.
I will bring several gesso boards. If you need one, you can buy it from me for $6.
Looking forward to painting together next week
January 31, 2017
February 7, 2017
February 14, 2017
February 28, 2017
March 7, 2017
March 14, 2017
March 21, 2017
March 28, 2017
April 4, 2017
April 11, 2017
April 18, 2018
Hello, painters! Please work hard this week to get as much done on your paintings as you can. At least 1 hour of painting outside of class, but for some of you it needs to be 2-3 hours. Remember you need to have at least one of your paintings completely done for the Fine Arts Festival! Please email me with any questions. Happy painting!
April 25, 2017
May 2, 2017