CLASS NO. 4
October 23, 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 students the basics of painting and includes standard techniques, a few lesser known techniques and tricks. I also teach the history behind painting and of past painting masters. This is an intro to painting and, therefore, it is designed to be an entertaining three hours where pushing paint on a canvas is a fun experience. Painting should always be seen as fun and creative.
My fourth painting class was a still life painting of flowers in a glass vase. This is a moderately difficult task for a new painter but also a good opportunity to learn and experience. This exercise was designed to easily fit into the 3-hour class.
Today's art lesson revolved around flowers in a vase. I supplied the flowers and the vases. My students chose the vase and flowers that they intended to use for their painting.
The painting I rendered as a demonstration for my students.
Vases and some of the flowers I supplied. A variety is always nice, in both flowers and vases.
Working on a vase and flower arrangement. These sorts of paintings involve not just recreating the vase and flowers onto to canvas but also creating a nice design. Design is as important as the painting.
I provide the paint pallet (a styrofoam plate) and a water cup. My students provide paints and brushes. However, I do have spare brushes and some extra paint on hand just in case. I encourage my students to mix their own colours as they paint. I give instructions on how to mix various paint colours to create the colours needed.
Working together to create the best results.
Social distancing is appreciated and is observed as much as possible. Wearing masks is mandatory.
I always try to help out with answers to questions and also with painting demonstrations. I walk around the class every 20 minutes or so during a painting demonstration to ensure everyone has encouragement and an opportunity to ask questions.
Working with an idea taken to its fruition. There are as many art styles in the world as there are people on the planet.
It's nice seeing my students create a background to their paintings that sets a mood. Experimentation is also a good thing.
Working big and bold allows the artist to create wonderful art with more colour but it can also influence the other students to also work bigger. Working big can bring big rewards.
It is always nice to see bold use of paint on a painting. You can use paint extenders and fillers to give acrylic paint more substance and body.
Every artist brings their own perspective to a canvas. Other students will learn from the work of others in the classroom. You will never know what can be created unless you see a room of students creating their own interpretations.
Painting flowers is always fun and a good learning experience. Working on a variety of art subjects, especially if the subjects take the student out of their comfort zone, gives the artist an opportunity to expand and learn more.