Sunday, October 26, 2008
Oil Painting From Life Class: Final Painting
My Oil Painting from Life class ended on October 11th; this is my final painting. It was an 8 week class. We painted this pirate pose the last 3 weeks. I used a monochromatic color scheme, so I could focus on drawing and values.
Because I learned so much from this class, I am taking it again. This is the first art class I have repeated. Many adult art courses are as much about entertainment and relaxation as education. This is not a bad thing; it just doesn't match my goals. In contrast, the instructor in this class really helps students to improve their skills. Self-study has its limits; It is invaluable to have an instructor that constructively points out the shortcomings in your work. Also, painting from life forces you to think and paint quickly, which in itself improves skills.