Thursday, April 8, 2010

No "small" paintings

A few weeks ago I was invited to teach a watercolor workshop at a local high school. The students chose subjects for a painting from their "concentrations", a body of work related to their chosen concepts. The assignment was to find an interesting perspective for subject placement that would feature cast shadow shapes within the composition. Since watercolor by nature is a transparent medium, the paint works well to describe the transparency of shadows. We worked on Ampersand Aquabord, a textured clay surface that has many "forgiving" properties for beginning watercolor painters (most notably, the ability to life out and subtract paint and correct errors).
The class jumped right in without fear, worked hard, and created some amazing work.

Katie's man walking

Kayleigh's cleat

Jaclyn's cups

Victoria's self portrait

Vaisha's easel

Vitor's tire

Thank you all for welcoming me into your class, keeping open minds, and allowing me to share my love for painting and watercolor.


Anna said...

Wow, those are some talented kids! Great job Ariel.

Dan Finnegan said...

I second that great work!

Elizabeth said...

Wonderful paintings , talented kids and GIFTED TEACHER@!!!!

ariel freeman said...

It was alot of work, but really paid off. I think everyone was happy with the process and their paintings.

Elizabeth Seaver said...

These are fabulous, Ariel!