CLASS NO. 3
October 16, 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.
In my painting classes I teach my students the basics. I teach from my experience as a working artist. I also teach some of the history behind the master painters of the past. My class is an intro to painting and, therefore, it is designed to be three hours of hands-on fun. Painting should always be fun and creative.
My third painting class was a landscape painting of a sunset at Cultus Lake in British Columbia. This is not a difficult painting but it does allow my students to get used to pushing paint on a canvas and to explore creating a sky with mood. This was an enjoyable painting experience for all.
The target painting is on the right while the painting I created in class is on the left. Although the two paintings are fairly similar to each other, seeing my student's interpretation of the target painting is always something I find exciting.
Every student receives a photo of the painting I am demonstrating. Some people like working from photos, while others prefer following my demonstrations, and others prefer to create their own vision of my painting. There is no wrong way to paint; each student finds their expression but it is usually a fun, memorable experience.
Creating a moody sky is part of the fun of this painting. Working on water reflection and integrating the sky's colour into the water can be challenging but it is still fun.
Everyone's sky was slightly different. That is always something I find exciting about my student's approach to their paintings. Creating their vision of the painting we are working upon.
The sky is the most interesting part of this painting.
Students are encouraged to mix the colours they need from the primarily colours. Mixing colours on the fly is a good skill to learn. Students will learn how to mix their favorite colours and from that knowledge they will be able to create tints and shades with ease.
Social distancing while in the classroom. Table cloths are replaced for each class as a precaution. Masks must be worn at all time.
I find it interesting that once my students start to focus on their paintings, the room will suddenly become quiet. I always equate this phenomena to meditation.
Two of my students working away on their paintings. Concentration and dedication at work.
Working bold often has rewards. Most impressionist painters worked bold and quick on their paintings.
Adding an impressionist touch to a final painting. I always like seeing innovation and experimentation in people's artwork. Daring is often at the cutting edge.