Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Working the Workshop

Teaching at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts. Photo by Saunders Fine Arts.

This past Saturday, I held a one day workshop at the Coppini Academy of Fine Arts. My thanks goes out to everyone who not only attended, but taught me more than I knew the day before.

Workshops aren't just about me doling out information to students. I get as much as I give. You see, every time a student asks a question, I have to have an answer. There's no option for an "I don't know" moment. If I don't have an answer, I have to ask questions of the student, and this back and forth continues until we reach the "ah ha!" moment, together.

Everyone works differently, and every new student brings me a new way of approaching painting. This is the best part. I've never told any student that "this is the only way to paint." I don't believe there is any right or wrong way. No matter what I suggest, whether it's materials, subject matter or paint application; every student is welcome to take only the parts that work for them. By welcoming students to create their own approach, I'm forced to understand and critique those approaches as well. Nothing helps me to evolve as a painter more.

So once again, thank you to all of my students/teachers.

I have a number of workshops coming up in 2017. Check my website to find out when and where.

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