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Trying to work out some ideas for my upcoming October watercolor class. Hard to do when you don't know who will be in your class and what level they are at. Usually it's mixed.

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Started a new series of my watercolor classes and we worked on fall leaves while exploring the mixing of color. This is a demo piece and I hope to post some of the student's working later.

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For the last two sessions, my "Watercolor with Jean" class has been working on painting sunflowers. Sunflowers are one of the cheeriest flowers I can think of.

I started these classes with a demo, painting background first and then painting sunflowers. I was able to paint ones of the sunflowers, and the class was anxious to try it themselves. I finished the painting at home and brought it to the next class.

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As everyone painted a their sunflowers, I went around to each person, helping them with various techniques and ideas. This exercise really gave me a good idea as to the level of skill of each student. Beginners need much more help, and it gave me a better idea of what I need to do next session. Towards the end of the class everyone was getting a better feel for the flower know and the Sunflower.

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One of the students, Val, brought in a painting she had done in class. She matted and framed it, using an idea that I had given her to showcase her painting. I snapped a picture, not realizing that the window opposite was reflected in the glass of her picture. Anyway it looked wonderful framed and it's moments like this that really make being a teacher so rewarding.

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I started this one in class and finished it at home. Happy with how it turned out and will exhibit it in the Holiday show at the Mispillion Art League next week.

Happy to say this painting sold on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.
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Due to hurricane Sandy our last class was postponed for a week. We did get together yesterday and it was a nice sunny day. I put a photo of some trees in the woods that had had some flooding from a storm, on the projector screen. I asked each student to use that photo for reference only. The sun shinning on the trees made them almost white, so we used masking tape to mask out the trees. I asked the students to pick a season, suggesting the colors that would reflect the time of the year they could choose. We proceeded to do the sky and around the trees, creating shadows as we painted. Later we removed the tape and painted in the trees.

I also painted a demo to show them my version in the fall season.

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As you can see they chose different seasons and created lovely original paintings of their own.

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One of my students baked some delicious brownies and we had a lovely sweets break to end the classes.
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I found my pears at the supermarket. After unpacking my groceries, I decided to set up a photo shoot while the pears were fresh and beautiful. I set up lighting and background, so there would be good light and shadows.

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I spent a couple of days painting the pears myself and and planned to put it on an easel to use while the students painted their pears.

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The gallery fairly recently installed a projector that connects to our laptop computer there. Determined to learn how to use it, I put my my pear photo on one of those external USB disks. It then plugs into the computer and with the past verbal instructions from another teacher, I played with it until I got it to work for me. Yes!

For the next class, I projected the photo of the pears on the large screen and set up the tables facing the screen. There is really isn't a good place to set up a still life with proper lighting that everyone can see well enough to work from, but the screen is huge and worked very well.

First we drew the pears on tracing paper and then when we were happy with composition, we transferred them to our watercolor paper. We worked the colors in layers (glazing), allowing them to dry completely each layer. It required a lot of patience, but gradually the colors and textures built up slowly to create some mouthwatering pears. At the end of the first class I took pictures of what they had done so far.

The next week we continued working on the light and shadows. Then we put a background in so as not to have the pears floating there, but have a place to rest. We finished the pears that session and I projected the photo of last week's work on the screen. I had everyone stand in front of themselves at the screen and I took another picture so you and they could see their progression on their pear watercolor paintings.

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I think I have some wonderful and bashful artists in my class.
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I wanted to use pears for my subject for the watercolor class. Went to the produce section of my supermarket, but not a pear in sight! On to plan B....what plan B? Nothing looked inviting enough to paint. While heading out to the car I noticed that Ace had a bunch of Pansy plants outside. Maybe? I put the groceries in the trunk and wondered over to see the Pansies. After ten minutes of choosing plants that I though might be in bloom next week, I went home and worked on the way I would want to teach painting them.

I mentioned last lesson that we would learn or review painting textures and how they could enhance a painting. I wanted it to be a bit abstract and yet recognizable as Pansies. This is what I painted.

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The one thing I love about teaching this class is that each student has his or her own style, as you can see in the photo below. It was a fun class and everyone went home with a finished or almost finished paint.

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I have a new series of classes starting in two weeks. I have been playing around with other techniques so as to have something new. I'm always looking for ways to pull another rabbit out of my hat. but first I have to make sure there are rabbits in there.

The first is a background that I had done a while ago. Just touches of red and green. I soaked the paper and crumbled it up to make creases that opened up the surface sizing. and then flattened it and dried it with a hairdryer. When it was completely dry. I saw the splotches of red as roses and began to define them. I added leaves and some blue to define them.

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The next on is a landscape study. I wanted to try different methods to give the rocks and boulders texture and shadow. I sandpapered a watercolor pencil into the wet of the paper.

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My fifth series of "Watercolor With Jean" classes ended yesterday. I'm now off for the summer and will spent time working on projects that are still only in my mind.

It was a class of five people and my evaluations by the students were excellent. That always makes me feel good and want to continue to teach. All the students were at different levels, but each enjoyed learning to work with watercolor and it was good to see each person grow.

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In our fourth watercolor class, I decided to work with demonstrating all the different techniques that you could use to create textures in their paintings. It's quite a bit of fun doing this and I put all the textures I could think of on one small sheet of paper. While it was drying, I had them do the same. They went at it with a strong sense of determination, and one the students said, "We should have some music because it's so quiet in here."

Just before class I had collected a bunch of leaves and I showed how to use them as a stamp and a way to trace them into our paintings. We then talked about what we saw in our textures and how we could develop them into a finished painting.

As they worked on there paintings I sat down and started to develop my painting, pausing to show them what I was doing every once in a while.

This is the demo painting I finished in class.

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This is a photo of the class and the paintings they accomplished.

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Even though my students are at a different levels in their understanding of watercolor, everyone enjoyed painting a new landscape.

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Our next class won't be for another two weeks because of the Memorial Day Holiday. I plan teach different techniques and tricks for creating textures.

This was my demo painting for the class.

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Tomorrow I think I will work on washes and reflections. Did a study to give me an idea of how I want to do a demo for the class. Most of the students are different levels of beginner and I have some a little more advanced. I want to keep it simple, but hopefully this demo will be bring a little of everything, and all can learn something from it. We shall see!

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So we had our first class in a new series of "Watercolor with Jean". I have five students signed up, but only three came to the class. I did a demo and then worked with each student. As you can see by the photo, each person had her own style and painted some very pretty tulips.

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After going to three markets, I finally got a large bunch of green onions for my class today. I brought them home and did a quick watercolor study of them.

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As you can guess, my students were not impressed with what they were going to paint today. But I did a fast demo painting of an onion and then showed them the study I did at home.

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Then passing out onions to everyone, we settled down to painting green onions. The room became surprisingly quiet as everyone set up their onions and started to draw and paint. With much concentration, they really got into it and actually had fun painting them.

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We also did a critique of some the work the students did in class or at home.

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Valerie, Judy, Me, Beth and Susan. Regina was home sick today.
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All went well and to my delight it is a smaller class this semester. It's so much easier to give individual time to each student. I have decided based on the first class that they are not beginners, so I can do a demo based on a theme and then have them do their own painting. The theme will be snow.

I always do a painting at home before I do a demo and this is the one I have done. I'm quite pleased with it.

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Our last class went very well with some students finishing their apple paintings while others finishied work they started in class, but never finished. I was able to work with each student and did a small "how to" demo, painting white flowers.

I did work on an apple as well and I posted it here for future reference.

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Now that classes are over till the fall, the Outdoor Show finished, and the Spring Show at the Gallery is hung, I finally have a little time for to myself to do some painting. When I was looking through paintings to select for the Spring Show, I found this tulip painting that I was never quite happy with. I unframed it and decided to work on it some more. I am now much happier with the way I revised it and plan to submit it to the Fall Show.

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This is the next to the last class in this series of six watercolor classes. The objective of this class was to paint round objects so that they appear round and not flat. They had a sale on Gala apples at the supermarket and I bought three of them for the class to paint. I came up with an easy way to explain how to paint them and also demonstrated how you could see the shadows that formed when you changed the light source. Since the set-up at the Gallery is a bunch of tables that everyone sits around, I put the apples in the center and changed around the placement so as to come up with a pleasing composition. The main objective was to just paint an apple that looked like an apple and not a red circle on the surface of watercolor paper.

Everyone was enthusiastic and got to work. I went from person to person and helped where I though it was needed. All in all the apples were looking good enough to eat!

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So yesterday we had another watercolor class and I basically decided to help each student continue working on their paintings from last week. They were all paying attention to what I taught, because they were using many of the techniques I showed them and doing very interesting work.
I have a new Cannon camera that I just bought because I wanted something small and light to carry with me at all times. I always regret when a wonderful shot presents itself and I don't have my camera.
Yesterday was one of camera moments, because everyone was doing amazing paintings and having a really good time doing them. I took a shot of everyone and when I got home, I made up a collage of my photographs to record my classes. I made copies of this collage and I will give everyone one next week.
We put a copy on Mispillion Art League Face book page and I wanted to record it here as well.

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It's been a while since I last posted, but that's only because it has been busy! I have already had two classes in the second series of watercolor classes. Four of the students from the last class signed up again and I got four new people. This time is was a little more complicated as I found everyone was at a different level. I did have the students who were true beginners do the color wheel and everyone worked on the mixing of complementary colors, both on their palettes and on the watercolor paper itself. I think it is always an eye opener when you mix directly on the paper itself and watch the different color paints and water mix right before your eyes. You hold up the paper and turn it in different directions and watch the paint and water do it's tricks. It's just like wanting have another turn at a game, because you know you can do it even better the next time. To me that is what makes watercolor so exciting to do.

I did have some of the more experienced students work on a still life and had a bouquet of daffodils (silk, not real) that I put out for some to paint. I always feel as though I have to paint whatever I assign, so I went home and did some daffodils myself. This is that painting.

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The second class we worked on textures. I demonstrated every texture method I could think of on one piece of paper. Students went and tried some of these textures on a painting of their own. This is always fun because you do the background with full brushes of paint first, apply the textures with more water, salt, plastic wrap, doilies, etc. When it's dry you look for pictures in your textures and paint them in more clearly. I showed them an easy way to negative paint, to bring out the birds or flowers they saw in the textures. It's always fun doing this and you really learn how to handle your brushes, mixing of paints, and how it all works with the watercolor paint.

I did take home the sample I made of all the different textures and tried to make it into a painting. When I was finished it really looked better as two paintings, so I divided it and finished them off.

This is the first one...

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And this is the second...

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Now I must plan for the third class.
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In the six weeks of classes our beginner students learned about colors and mixing paints, difference watercolor papers and their surfaces, kinds of brushes and their uses, and applying a variety of textures to their watercolor paintings.

I thought it was time to do a simple still life with the the idea of exploring light and shadow. How do you make an object three dimensional on a flat surface? I placed three oranges on a table and with a flash light showed them how the light can create different shadows. I then showed them a demo I did to give them an idea what it would look like on paper. We then did step-by-step paintings, so everyone could paint these oranges. This is the demo painting I did.

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Everyone did their own interpretation of their oranges and I think they learned quite a bit from this lesson. I also think both the students and I were happy with their results.

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