CLASS NO. 8
NOVEMBER 20, 2021
ERIC HOTZ: ART CLASSES AT LANGLEY ARTS COUNCIL
NOTE: COVID protocols are in place. LAC requires masks to be wore. Hand sanitizer is provided.
My painting classes teach the basics of painting and include standard techniques as well as a few lesser-known techniques and tricks. I discuss the history behind the painting style, using past painting masters who used similar approaches to whatever art we are currently creating. My classes are intro to painting classes designed to fit comfortably into a 3-hour period. In most cases, students have ample time to complete their paintings. Painting should always be fun and relaxing.
My eighth painting class was the last class of watercolour painting and was a painting of a pen & ink illustration. Using water colours to paint pen & ink artwork has been used as an art form for over 200 years. This is another art technique for watercolour use and is a popular method that should be explored. Normally, in art school, the student creates their own pen & ink artwork but in my class, to allow my students more time to concentrate on painting, I provided the pen & ink artwork. This was a fun, fast-paced 3-hour art class.
For this class I created three pen & ink illustrations and provided 6 examples of each so my students would have a choice. I also provided a colour reference photo for each of the three illustrations that my students could use as a colour guide although they were allowed to colour their art anyway they saw fit.
Each student created their own expression using their watercolours.
Working with watercolours on a structured illustration is different from creating a free flowing painting using various layers of colour washes. Creating a watercoloured pen & ink illustration can be both fun to do and a rewarding experience. It is another way to express yourself using watercolours.
Social distancing is always observed in my art classes. Masks must be worn at all times. Despite this, my art classes focus on enjoying the creation of art.
Surprisingly, my classes can be loud with conversations about the student's progress but can suddenly become quiet as everyone concentrates on the art they are creating.
Each student creates their own expression, which is always nice to see.
One student prefers working with acrylics. That is OK. The best part is that he is painting and enjoying the experience as well as learning.
One student created two acrylic paintings in this class. This was their second painting, which is very nice. This student prefers to work on large canvases of at least 18x24-inches or larger.
It is nice seeing everyone focusing on their pieces. Everyone has their own paints and brushes although I do provide paints and brushes to those who need them.
Having fun with art and art expression, and creating a great painting at the same time.
Working away on a creating the base layers of paint. Students work very well with these illustrations. This was a fun exercise to teach and to paint.
Most of my students in one photo, each working away on their paintings. Painting is always enjoyable and rewarding.
While everyone else was working on their paintings, I worked on one myself as an example of another expression of watercolours on a pen & ink. I was available to answer questions and walked around frequently to see everyone's progress. Everyone painted their artwork differently, which is always nice to see despite using the same illustrations. We all created a different feel in our final art.
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