Painting, Drawing and Art Appreciation
Painting courses at WNMU begin from the very beginner and run through graduate level. Beginners (Painting I and II) are given particular assignments which help to build their technical skills so that in more advanced courses (Painting III and through the graduate level) they will have the tools to bring their ideas to fruition. All of the the projects I assign are meant to be viable works of art , projects that I would want to do myself. Even the beginners who feel that they have little or no ability are amazed at what they are capable of creating. It is important for students to clear their minds from any past negative comments they might have heard about their artistic abilities in order to work in a stress free environment and to be able to focus on their projects.
I never give students assignments whch they are unprepared to create and complete. I am there with them with encouragment along with constructive comments on how to improve their work. Sometimes the advanced students like me to give them assignments, especially if the assignment is one they fell excited about and often this can take the pressure off them to come up with their own ideas. The Painting Studio has a library of art books to use for reference. I also introduce students to artists they may not be familiar with yet have a direct realtionship to what we have been working on or discussing with weekly lectures along with projected images. By the time students are in Painting IV and above, I encourage them to come up with their own ideas while I help guide them to acheive their goals. In all levels of painting, we use non-toxic water soluable paint (watercolor, gouache, acrylic) on a variey of surfaces (paper, metal, wood, canvas) and create paintings in many sizes, shapes and proportions in order to be able to compose in a variety of ways. At the end of each semester there is an opportunity for students to exhibit their work along with other Expressive Art students. These shows are very well attended by students, their friends and family as well as the community. I look forward to working with all of my students. Each semester is a new adventure. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to visit the Painting Studio: firstname.lastname@example.org.