After being approached by a woman who wanted to know if I would be willing to give some art lessons to her son, I decided that it was something I would probably really enjoy. So, I put the word out and last evening we had our first class in my studio with 2 thoroughly enjoyable children.
Both were keen to dive right in and since we had already covered some basic drawing up at the school, I decided to start with colour theory. So ... we did a quick colour wheel and then PAINTED!! I thought that a good way to learn which colours work together, would be to just start mixing and then paint a beautiful background... which they did.... and since Halloween is right around the corner, we drew several pumpkins and then painted them on our beautiful backgrounds.
I had initial concerns that a 2 hour class might be too long, but they were completely in the zone.. so no worries there. I think my biggest challenge is that I have to do a lot of research about art and painting. I have learnt myself just by doing and experimenting, so I don't always know the right terms, or even the important rules. This is actually OK, because I am learning as well. My belief about rules is: learn them... but always feel free to break them.
This idea of having a class or simply painting with others really got me inspired and so I offered a beginner class for adults with an emphasis on creating art in a relaxed, stress-free environment that hopefully frees the participants up to try different things. I have a full class of 6 starting next Monday, and 3 on a waiting list for the next time I do this.
I'm so excited to start these classes... i cannot begin to describe how much art has changed my life, and the pure joy I get from creating art... it is going to be wonderful to share that with my class. I hope to give them more ways to see the world. :)
Liz R. Derksen is an artist living in BC.