Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Seashells by the Seashore

In one of my watercolor classes about a month ago I was demonstrating how you go from putting down general colors to putting down the details. I was working on the middle seashell and I had so much fun with it that I went home and did two more. They are only 5 x 7 so I decided to frame them in one frame. I think they look pretty good together.

I really enjoy teaching and it really amazes me how well my students are able to pick up on the little things that I suggest to them to try. I try to open them up to having positive experiences with the painting process. I feel that they should have fun while painting because if it isn't fun then why bother. This does not mean that there aren't setbacks and frustrations in the process because

there are but the sense of enjoyment should make up for the negatives.

I the middle of September starts my new teaching year. I'm already starting to think of new ways to present information that will make the learning process smoother and I want to continue to explore ways to make classes more fun.

I will keep you informed on the dates and times of the new classes and hopefully some of you will be able to join me.


meera said...

beautiful summer memories. I love the background textures!

Kathy Staicer said...

Thanks Meera. I did them with plastic wrap. Another great texture.

Beth Fox said...

I was going to ask about the backgrounds - you did get a neat texture that compliments the seashells so well. It's amazing you to know you did it with plastic wrap - I'm impressed.

Kathy Staicer said...

It's one ot those "tricks" that gives you texture. It's alot of fun doing it.