In the midst of all the stress, confusion and re-grouping that we are doing, I wanted to provide the option of a little distance learning for the grown-up mammas and pappas. I've found that painting is not so much about creating a finished product but more about the relaxing process of creating one. It gives us an opportunity (i.e. excuse) to drink a favorite beverage, listen to music and take some time to learn something. Sometimes, the process is not only refreshing but rejuvenating and beautiful!
I've always taught by introducing a lesson or topic, giving specific examples and then giving you the freedom to complete a piece on your own time when it is convenient. Now, with online instruction, I can provide this same format but with the unexpected joy of some enhancements. Now, you can sit down for the lessons, pause the videos and start and re-watch them anytime you want.
Each week, we will have a small amount of homework. Students who want to can share their final or in-process pieces in our online forum. If not, you can always get feedback privately by emailing the images to me. This gives me the freedom to give solid, honest and direct feedback. It's like having your own private painting coach!
While I usually have students in my home studio to paint together, I've long wanted to be able to offer classes online for people out of town who have requested it. This odd state of staying at home has forced me to finally make it happen!
How will your online classes work?
Each week, I'll create a page on my website full of examples, notes and information. I’ll also post a video(s) of me teaching the content.
What I'm most excited about is that I'm creating an online forum to help us stay connected with one another, get feedback as we work through the painting, and hold each other accountable. Hopefully, this will keep us actually getting our paints wet each week ! ; )
I use my talented, artful assistant, Holli, and my daughter, Mia, weekly (and sometimes daily) to get feedback on current projects. It is invaluable to have other eyes on our work!
I’ll also continue to utilize a Pinterest board and add fresh pins weekly that relate to the content we are studying. Even if you are not yet ready to dive into a class, feel free to follow me on Pinterest.
What will you cover next?
This next 8-week series will cover the main aspects of painting a still-life.
We will discuss the following:
What if I don't know watercolors?
Though my favorite medium is watercolors and that is what I'll be using in my examples, the art theories and skills taught in this particular series can be applicable to oils and acrylics as well!
What's the cost?
This past week’s lesson is a free extra bonus lesson. The cost is $180 for 8 weeks. Once the course is over, you can choose to renew or discontinue the class. In other words, there is no commitment. If interested, you can register here.
Still not sure?
It may help to have a look at the this past week's free bonus lesson. It's like tasting a free sample. This class covers the basic art theory of how to compose a still life.
*Note: The free class includes videos of me teaching, but does not include videos of me actually painting. Future classes will have both.
I'm looking forward to staying connected with students both old and new in this way. As always, I welcome your feedback on what you'd like to explore.
If you have friends that you'd like to connect with by sharing an online painting class, copy, paste and send them this link to register: http://www.caryndahm.com/classregistration.html
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