Yesterday I did a painting demonstration at Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Store in Portland. I painted for two hours as a way to promote the watercolor classes I will be teaching there in January and February. I have been wanting to mention these classes but was not sure when I should. I guess this is as good a time as any.
The theme of the classes is “Painting Flowers from Photographs”. The classes are for beginners, although it would not be a problem to have more experienced people in the class. There will be 3 two hour classes in the series. Students will end up with a finished watercolor painting of a flower. I will provide the photographs of flowers for the students to use. In each class I will do a short demo and then the students will work as I provide support and tips. The classes will be run in a casual manner. I will give ample time for questions from all in the class.
Many people watching my demo told me that they could not take a watercolor class because they could not draw. I understand that concern. You don’t want to take a watercolor class, spend the whole time struggling to get a sketch done, and never get to the painting part. So, I am providing a drawing that can be traced for those that feel uncomfortable with their drawing skills. Normally I would not provide a sketch, but because there is such a limited amount of time in this series, I felt it made sense. That way my students can get to the painting part and have the chance to practice putting the watercolor down on paper.
My hope for this class is to encourage and inspire the student to give watercolor a try. I want to give my students a feel of what can be done with watercolor and a desire to experiment with the medium. I chose painting flowers because that is one of my passions. If you teach what you love, then your students are much better off.
I really enjoyed visiting with people during my demonstration, especially the children. I guess watercolor paints are “kid magnets”. I enjoyed the look of wonder in each child’s eyes. The children where not afraid to ask questions. When they found out I was teaching a class, they wanted to sign up immediately. So, maybe my next series of classes will be for children. Kids are not afraid to try new things. They don’t say, “I can’t draw.” I asked several of the children if they were painters. They said, “Yes!” without hesitation. How refreshing.
Anyway, here is the class schedule for anyone in the Portland area that might be interested.
First set of classes:
January 10, 17, and 24 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
Second set of classes:
February 14, 21, and 28 from 11:00 am. to 1:00 pm.
To sign up, go to:
Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Store
Eastport Plaza Shopping Center
3900 Se 82Nd Ave, Ste #1000
Portland, OR 97266