Art and Discovery

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Student Work of Sunset & Reflections

“The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” Mark Van Dorn

I have eleven students in my watercolor class this session. The class is an introduction to basic techniques of watercolor. Students work on guided projects to develop their skill with the media. Early practice includes value studies and the relationship of water and pigment to produce a range of lightness and darkness in a particular hue. Other techniques of masking and lifting color in the roof of the barn.

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Student Work of Wet Into Wet Using Value

Another project emphasizes using a flat color wash, perspective, and color mixing of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna.

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Student Work Using Color Mixing & Perspective

Another project featured Wet Into Wet using varied color mixing for a sunset.  Students also expand their skills with mixing Alizarin Crimson and Phthalo Green to make a dark gray for the shadows.

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Student Painting in Watercolor

I continue to enjoy the challenges of teaching.  I have had a student comment that I have “helpful ideas and tools which helps build confidence and skill.” Teaching also has benefits for me as an artist whether I am working in watercolor, or another medium.  In the words of John Cotton Dana, “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.”

 

 

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