When you’re living your month as a No Spend Month, you have to find ways to entertain yourself without any, or very little cost involved. My friend, Tammy, and I have been going to the local library for some time and taking free art classes there. She is a great artist, me, not so much. Tammy has referred to my art style as Folk Art. I like to pretend my art is more Impressionism.
Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts on my part when my husband worked another job, and a vacation/surgery for Tammy, we have been unable to attend class since before Christmas! Needless to say, we’ve both been itching to get back to class, especially Tammy! She is pretty darn good at the whole art thing, whereas, I do enjoy it, but it’s fair to say my artistic talents fall into the musical spectrum far more than painting. However, I also think it’s fair to say after watching a ton of videos on YouTube, I have gotten significantly better!
The method we use for class is:
1. Our instructor gives us 1 print or allows us to choose from several prints that are in Black and White copies.
2. We flip over the black and white copy color the entire back of the page black to leave graphite behind. We then flip the page back over and trace the painting. No free hand drawing! YAY!
3. Once everything is traced, if there is a particular style she is trying to teach us, she gives us a few examples and starts us on the technique.
4. She bravely turns us loose with whatever medium we’re using for the night. Most of the time it’s Watercolor, however, we have used Pastels and Acrylic paint as well. We’ve even used Tissue Paper for a different technique. I HATED that one and never finished it.
Although we have had a few projects that made me think I would rather cut off my hand than ever go back and do that style again, I think I’ve improved over time and look forward to getting back into the grove and experimenting again! Here is the progress I have made so far!
Aspen Trees- Masking technique with Watercolor- First Painting and First Class
Practicing with Oil Pastels for the first time at home and learning to blend, freehand
Impressionistic pastel landscape, 2-3 lessons later
Free hand pastel practice for blending colors and some highlighting
Acrylic painting about 5-6 lessons- Unfinished
Free hand watercolor at home. This was inspired by an oil painting someone did on Youtube.
Painting on 5-8-14- Acrylic Paint on canvas! First time on actual canvas!
I had Tammy take mine to her house because I didn’t have nearly enough time to finish it that week. I do not have acrylic paints here, but she does, so I’ll go over there on a weekend and work on finishing it up. I also had to work on oddball spots because I kept sticking my arm in wet paint. GRRRRR!
Have you ever taken any art classes? What is your favorite way to do art? Have you considered teaching a free class at your local library?