Last Friday we started our first of 4 sessions on Acrylic Painting for Beginners. With 4 students. For 3 hours. We completed 3 color charts. Sounds like a lot of work? Well maybe so... but I have to say my eager students were up for the challenge. Happy to engage, ask questions, roll up their sleeves and jump right it.
First Exercise: Creating a Color Wheel - As simple as this sounds, and what may look like to some as "child's play" is key to building a strong foundation in the principles of art. I do believe painting is a learnable skill accessible to anyone - as long as they have the desire and willingness to "keep at it" and a teachable spirit.
I can already hear a student of my saying " But Linda, why do we have to paint a color wheel when we can just buy one at the store?"
Good question, right? So instead of trying to explain why... I just squeeze out a dab of the three primary colors, red, blue and yellow paint, hand over a palette knife and slip a canvas panel under their hands and... just say "start mixing red and yellow"....
And I've got them at "Hello Orange!" Yup - there's something so wonderful... truly magically when it comes to mixing colors. I could talk about it all day long but when you get to "play"-- to mix them yourself.... it just the beginning of an addiction! A good addiction. Addicted to color. Welcome to my world!
So along with this new discover we incorporated the use of a palette knife instead of a brush. It's takes a little practice to get the hang of it. For one, it's easier to hold like a soup spoon rather than a pencil. And the other trick is to keep the knife perpendicular to the surface like frosting a cake rather than trying to use the tip of the knife like the tip of brush.
That was challenges but I think they started to get the hang of it.
We have a great group and so looking forward to see how each one progress.
Linda S. Marino Art
Branford, CT 06405
Linda Marino Live Wedding Painter and Event Painter from Branford, CT serving the New England, New York and New Jersey area.
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