This past weekend I gave an urban landscape at Swinton’s Art Supplies in Calgary. Doug Swinton always does a great job of promotion so the class was full. It was a great workshop! I really felt good about what we accomplished and the results that the participants achieved.
Once again I was made aware of how grateful I am for having been a public school teacher where I learned the art of teaching. It’s all about what the people get out of the workshop and I always go in with a lesson plan that facilitates their learning.
A New Twist On How To Paint Figures
I have developed a new and really exciting exercise to extend the lesson on doing figures. It’s how to create a crowd of people. I’m inspired by the scenes of the piazza in Italy where you have fabulous architecture and crowds of people. I’m working on doing a studio version of this subject.
For now, here is the demo painting that I did.
Piazza & People
Here is the class with their versions.
Piazzas & People
I always ask students to send me copies if they finish their paintings. Typically I don’t receive images but this time I did.
Here is Tamara’s painting.
Tamara’s Piazza & people
For the main demo I did Jasper Ave because it just offers so many wonderful teaching opportunities and it is such a bold, vibrant painting.
Main Demo – Jasper Ave
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of my demo at the end of the workshop but here is the completed painting.
Here is the class with their version in progress.
The Class With Jasper Ave (in progress)
It’s always so inspiring when the participants discover that they can create bold, vibrant and colourful paintings.
Two people sent me their finished paintings. Great work.
Bill’s Jasper Ave
How Bold Can You Go With Watercolour
I just love this photo. One participant, Robyn, really pushed the limits of watercolour.
What a great way to spend a weekend with this wonderful group of enthusiastic watercolourists!
I was also very moved by a couple of the comments that were emailed to me after the workshop.
Thank you Rex for an incredibly informative weekend. I’ve taken numerous workshops and never have I felt more fulfilled afterward. Your professionalism, humour and grace are something I will never forget. I will be watching for the next available opportunity to paint with you again. Please do add me to your mailing list.
I really enjoyed your workshop. Talk about learning a lot of techniques in a short time! I’ll keep an eye out for future workshops…
Anyway, my finished painting follows. Much to learn, but much that I can use with my own sketches immediately. Thanks again…