My 5th class in ‘Produce Paintings’ and ‘Produce Drawings’ (these being subjects that are part of ‘Certificate III in Visual Arts’) was just as enjoyable this week as they had been previously. These classes not only give me the opportunity to learn more about art skills and practices, but also allows for time to chat to other students about their art work efforts. Class participants are of varying age groups and this too adds to an interesting mix of people and abilities which in turns showcases a variety of talents. Please click on the links below to view my blogs from previous classes 1 to 4 and following below here are details in relation to this week’s painting and drawings classes 5.
NB: To view details about Class 1 – please click here
NB: to view details about class 2 – please click HERE
NB: to view details about class 3 – please click HERE
NB: to view details about class 4 – please click HERE
‘PRODUCE PAINTING’ CLASS
Our ‘Produce Painting’ class commenced with our teacher, VIN RYAN, checking in with each of the students individually. Now being my 5th class, I have managed to develop a process for myself which is taking time to set up a work area in readiness to start painting. I must confess that viewing a sheet of blank canvas paper set up ready for me to begin a painting does terrify me! Oil painting is definitely a big challenge and finding the courage to place the oil paint onto the canvas paper to paint an object, is at times, a mystifying feat! For this class, I decided to paint an object that I had been drawing in my Visual Diary at home. It was a small gold/black wooden pumpkin. I thought that painting an object that I had been drawing beforehand might help with my confidence but alas, it was still daunting.
This week I struggled in being able to formulate the exact colours to emulate the actual pumpkin I had brought into paint. It got to a point where I just had to make a start with what I had and so I did just that – painted and just gave the whole process a go! I wasn’t very happy with my efforts unfortunately but I know it’s important to keep pushing forward each week with the hope that I will make better progress as time moves along within each class.
After completing the first attempt of painting the pumpkin, I had quiet a lot of oil paint left on my colour palette and not wanting to waste it, I decided to quickly use it in producing another oil painting of the pumpkin. It was an enjoyable experience being able to just apply oil paint to the canvas paper. While it does not look like the item itself, it did give me the opportunity to just play with colours, oil paint and brush strokes.
‘PRODUCE DRAWING’ CLASS
Our ‘Produce Drawing’ class commenced after our lunch break. This gave me a chance to recharge after the ‘Produce Painting’ class. The teacher, Tim Jones, when about checking in with each of the students individually, to see what progress we had made with our drawings and confirm what we intended to proceed with during this particular drawing class.
Once again, I set up my work bench with all my drawing materials, and once again I was looking at a blank sheet of paper which I found a little daunting! While I was waiting for my class to start, I quickly did a drawing of a clip that was sitting on my work bench just to help me get into a drawing mode.
Once our class started, our teacher had us commence with an observational drawing. I decided to draw once again, the small gold/back wooden pumpkin I had brought from home, thinking that after drawing it at home, then painting it within my painting class earlier that day – that perhaps I could improve on my original home drawing effort. I was happy with my in class drawing of the pumpkin which was pleasing!
After completing my drawing of the pumpkin, I decided to select an item from the group of items our drawing teacher had brought into class earlier that day. My shoe drawing didn’t receive from me, the same effort and energy that I had put into my pumpkin drawing unfortunately.
‘PRODUCE DRAWINGS’ VISUAL DIARY
At home, over a number of days before this particular drawing class, I did a couple of drawings in my ‘Produce Drawings’ Visual Diary. I chose to sketch a small gold/black wooden pumpkin because I very much liked its shape and how the light reflected off the object itself. Also the plum object gave me a different shape to work with and light/shade challenge.
Am always feeling very fortunate in being able to participate in these painting and drawing classes. My early morning train journey into the heart of the city of Melbourne via Flinders Street Station and being able to soak up the ambiance of Degraves Street itself during my class break very much adds to the overall pleasure of the day’s creative outcomes. Art for therapy at its best for sure….
CAE is located in one of Melbourne’s iconic cafe/outdoor dining locations – DEGRAVES STREET as photographed above. Degraves Street’s bluestone-cobbled lane way, its postcard Parisian atmosphere of outdoor dining under umbrellas, and its quaint retail shops, certainly makes attending CAE’s art course each week just that much more of an enjoyable experience!
© Karen Robinson – August 2016
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