Great class yesterday! The homework was to do another monochromatic self portrait, this time in blue. Those who chose to do the first one in a cool color did this week's in a warmer tone. Everyone for the most part, had an easier time with the assignment than the first go around. Not that one painting is going to make us an expert at anything, but having one under the belt, I think people felt a little bit more relaxed and was able to shake off the jitters a bit. Much better use of the value range and simplified value structure, much less fussing with detail and paying more attention to modeling the big forms.
For mine, I used prussian blue and white. I came out looking like a thug. Hahaha~
I didn't prepare a demo, but worked on one of the students' paintings which turned into a full on demo on orchestrating an image by simplifying, abstraction, edge manipulation, tweaking the drawing to suit the composition, etc. I wanted to be overt about the thinking process behind each decision I made, the how's and the why's of each change I made, and then do it. I think it was really instructional for the students to hear the reasons for making each stroke, and see me do it, and analyze immediately afterwards whether it did what I'd hoped to do, and what consequence it had, both positive and negative.
I'm happy to say that I didn't ruin the student's painting, though what I did on it was pretty risky. I would have been really nervous about it if I didn't know this group better. The student whose painting I drastically altered is himself an accomplished painter, an old pro, so he perfectly understood what might be gained by this kind of demo even if I'd ruined his painting as a result.
Teaching is a lot easier when I feel like I'm allowed to fail spectacularly.