Friday, March 21, 2008

Thank You Painting-A-Day Painters!




Last semester when I taught my Acrylic/Oil painting class at Sacramento City College, I had my students painting still life set ups with 3 or more objects. Sometimes I had single objects, but that was less than half the time. This semester, thanks to some painting a day bloggers I've explored ( Jason Waskey, Carol Marine, Aaron Lifferth. See my links), I am having my students paint single objects exclusively for the entire semester. So far, they are loving it. They are not overwhelmed, and they can more better concentrate on things like color mixing, edges, values, brush work, composition...all that good stuff that a beginning artist must learn and explore. The other nice thing about small objects is that each student has their own private still life subject. I have a lot of students and we have little elbow room and really no space for a separate still life set up. And even, if we did, it would be hard for the students to see a single object from a distance. With them having their own objects right by their individual table top easels, there is not that issue. So thanks Painting A Day bloger artists! By the way, my last painting is of a crushed Bodington Beer can. It's an English import with an incredible smooth, silky, creamy texture. Cheers!

9 comments:

silvina said...

That's a brilliant idea. I teach a little class in my studio and I've had everyone painting the same still life set-up at the center of the room. They stand or sit in a circle around the table.

Some of my students are absolute beginners while others crave more complex subjects. I think you solved my problem. I could also have them bring in their own object.

David Lobenberg said...

Hey Silvina! I'm so glad this info. is helpful to you. Yes, the more advanced students can bring in their own subjects, or simply paint what everybody else is painting but with more verve!...that in itself is a great challenge.

Ed Terpening said...

Most kids in college seem comfortable with blogging (at least that's what the demographics say about the relationship between social network and age), so maybe you'll get a few daily art bloggers started.

chubirka said...

Love the cupcake!

Reminds me of Wayne Thiebaud's work, he painted a wonderful selection of pastries... always makes me smile.

Jason Waskey said...

Thanks for the mention David! I also love the Bodington's.

Surprisingly light.

Clive said...

Yeah, great idea for instruction. Really like the bridge piece below too, David.

David Lobenberg said...

I hope so, Ed. I certainly have a few very talented students!

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks Chubirka. Wayne lives here in Sacramento! Yea, love his work too.

David Lobenberg said...

Thank you Clive. Looking forward to seeing some more of your great h2o work.