Last Friday, I finished teaching a beginning painting class during the summer session at NMSU. Fourteen students enrolled but 4 never showed and we lost two more due to unforseen health issues. Because it was a small and intimate class, the students became much friendlier and chatty with each other earlier on in the semester than is usual, and a certain camaraderie developed. They all worked hard and it was a really enjoyable group that did some good pieces.
This is the first time I’ve taught painting during the summer session and I must say that having a five hour stretch instead of two and a half hours for each class made it much more like a real-life experience of being in the studio every day. We spent a good bit of time working on color and value. One assignment explored color by painting analogous colored fabrics, the color neighbors on a color wheel. Here are a couple of examples.
I love seeing what my painting students can produce. I hope you did too!