Think of it as Summer Camp with Wine. For the past several years I have taught Introduction to Oil Painting on Monday evenings. I love it. It’s always so much fun to watch students noodle through drawing the still life and then painting it, solving all sorts of problems of composition, color, value and texture along the way. But this summer I am taking a break for six weeks with something we are calling Playing with Paint. We have two sections, Monday and Tuesday nights. It being Washington where everyone travels and it being summer with lots of vacations, there were some absences. But I think we’ll have a total of 19 students trying out different ways of expressing themselves in paint.
Week 1 the assignment was to create a composition loosely inspired by the negative spaces created by folding chair legs using masking tape. Everyone painted inside the tape, over the tape, around the tape. Then the tape came off, more tape went down, more paint was stippled and washed and dripped and stamped and wiped off until they were done. I am so happy with how well these turned out and very excited for next week’s classes! Stay tuned!
Ellen Cornett, CHAW teaching artist