School holidays are over and so is the break from Art Class. Yes. I re-enrolled, last term and today it was back to class. Some familiar faces. Some new. Same teacher, to whom I turned, last year when the original teacher left and was replaced by someone whose approach simply did not suit mine.
First there was Gwen, whose first exercise she ever set her class, was to copy a piece of her art: A wave. That suited me fine. It got me started on, after copying hers, several other beach scenes.
As explained above, unhappy with the replacement, I was enrolled in Melissa’s class, where I am perfectly content, not participating in her exercises but very much appreciating her advice and the manner in which she encourages the students (including me).
For those who wish to be motivated by the exercises which she sets, there is an explanation of how famous artists, e.g., impressionists and Australians, approached their work and, for those of us who wish to do our own thing_, she’ll come along; appreciate and advise.
In spite of my daughter’s advice, to attempt one of Melissa’s exercises, I, very quickly, prepared some canvases, with charcoal sketches and took them along, together with the current ‘assignment’, still not completed: a portrait of the daughter of one of the people who attended one of Melissa’s classes, i.e., a young lady who, herself, is one of Melissa’s students.
As a retired primary school teacher, also qualified to teach adults, (Grad. Dip. Ed. St., (Mult.Ed.) via UNE), I very much appreciate the way Melissa balances her enthusiasm, advice and approach to her adult students and having spent a few terms in her classes now, cannot help noticing how this is done.
There are some new students.
Funny, how it always happens but the returning students – particularly me – tend to go and work in the same locations, in the room. This was last term:
By 3:15 p.m., it was time to tidy up and prepare to go home…..
….having happily worked on one of three canvases on which I had quickly sketched some outlines before coming to class.
Worked on the painting, some more, at home……