I love to teach painting! I should have pursued an art degree in my younger days when I had the chance. That just didn't happen. I'm thrilled when my students are enjoying themselves and producing a work of art, something that can be framed and hung in their home or office, something they can be proud of. I've taught classes through the school district's Community Ed program locally and several of those students enjoy it so much they want to continue painting in my private classes. The above photos are a group of ladies who meet with me to paint on a regular basis, usually every other week. We meet at the assisted living facility here in Brainerd where I work, and we paint from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
My classes are unique in that I provide everything needed for a painting session....palette and paints, brushes, and watercolor paper. This has worked out very well, especially in the Community Ed classes, where the students don't have to purchase materials. It's a perfect opportunity for someone to try watercolor painting without having to invest a lot of money in supplies. My evening class students like the convenience that they don't have to bring materials to class. We have a good time painting together and it's enjoyable for me to watch them work. They are able to work independently for the most part, with just a bit of guidance along the way from me. At the end of the class period we always have "show and tell" where I put a mat around their painting, which always enhances it very much, to the point they can't believe they painted it. I offer a bit of critique and everyone "ooohs and aaahs" over each piece of art. I also cut some mats and have those available for them to purchase for their painting. Occasionally we have a workshop on a Sat. where we have a longer painting session and a potluck lunch . Good food and painting...what a delightful day!
The subject material for the classes is a painting I have done and made 5 x 7 copies for each student to work from. Each student has a copy on a small easel in front of them. That's about the extent of the painting I get done these days. You will see most of those paintings at the Gallery of this web site.
If you are interested in joining one of my classes, even if you have never painted, feel free to contact me via email or by phone. You just might surprise yourself what you can do and it could be the beginning of a whole new adventure in art.