Reedsburg Farmers Co-op 16x24"
Teaching is a big part of painting for me. I enjoy working with others, I get just as much out of it as the students do. This week, we had the first session of a six week drawing class that I'm offering through continuing education at the University of Wisconsin. There are 16 students enrolled, and it is the largest class that I've led. There were a couple of "repeat offenders" in the class, but mostly new faces.
I'm starting to plan my summer, which is going to be busy, and am excited to announce a 2 day, landscape painting from life, workshop in Lima Ohio. With my painting workshops, I try to assign a couple of exercises up front to put the students in a position to have an experience with value and composition. This works nicely to move the group towards the goal of making striking, organized, and colorful paintings. As a part of my lesson plan, I prepare and hand out worksheets with key concepts of the lessons. I know that most artists are visual learners, but it's always good to teach in a few different ways. I do a lot of demonstrating during these workshops, and I explain what I'm doing as I do it. After the workshops each day, it's nice to grab a bite to eat and talk about what we did and why we did it.
I can't wait for Lima!
For more information, or to register, please contact:
Ruth Ann Sturgill
Studio of Fine Arts