CLASS NO. 7
NOVEMBER 13, 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 seventh painting class focused on painting actual fruits and vegetables. This allowed my students to experience recreating their textures and colours. This was a fun, fast-paced 3-hour art class.
For this class I created two painting examples of fruit and provided an assortment of fruit and vegetables. Many brought their own fruit with them to paint.
Each student had to first draw the fruit or vegetable they intended to paint onto their watercolour paper. This was usually a quick pencil rendering.
A tomato painting made from a quick pencil rendering.
Painting a pear. Fruit was often the subject of Renaissance paintings and often depicted apples, oranges, and pears. Fruit was not cheap in that period so having such paintings in your house was a statement of wealth. The above painting reminds me of the art of that period. Well painted with a lot of detail, shadows and highlights.
Because my art classes are three-hour classes, students often have time to create several painting studies. This allows for more relaxed classes and more time to experiment with painting techniques.
Colourful peppers are always nice to paint. The skin of peppers allows for highlights to form because of their shiny surface while their colour allows for bright and wonderful paintings. Experimenting with shadows and light surfaces is always fun and rewarding.
Even in a class exploring the textures of fruit and vegetables it is nice to deviate to take advantage of the fall leaves that were in abundance outside.
The beauty of over ripe bananas is the challenge of capturing the skin textures and colours. I always find these sort of paintings fun to create and explore.
A watercolour painting of a red onion. Red onions are very nice to paint because of the variety of the skins textures and depth of colour but the stem, dried out and twisted, is also nice to capture in watercolours. You can really get the feel of the onion's skin with this beautiful rendering.
This was a particularly interesting class with the variety of subjects to paint. It was a quiet class when compared with other classes due to the concentration needed to complete the paintings.
The class in action. The table cloths, as someone pointed out, reminded them of tomatoes, which was quite appropriate for the day's class.
The student who prefers to paint using acrylics. Many of his abstract paintings turned out very well and would have looked at home in any art gallery.