This past Thursday was the last class of my University of New Mexico, Continuing Education class, Painting for the Complete Beginner. It was a very enjoyable art class for me to teach. I was so impressed by how the new painters took their tasks seriously and worked so hard. Some did homework on their own and many finished paintings at home that were started in class.
They started the class with just three colors, Cadmium Red and Yellow and Cobalt Blue plus white and black. Few in the class had drawing experience, but that did not slow anyone down. They dove in the first night by experimenting with color mixing. The second class involved painting a pear, which was challenging for some, successful for all.
At the end of the last class we displayed all available paintings that had been done. I think the painters were quite proud of themselves and somewhat surprised at how far they had come in just six classes (12 hours of instruction time). I was certainly proud of them.
In the remaining four classes they painted whatever they wanted. It was so interesting to see how many different subjects people chose to paint in those four classes. They did paintings that included crows to landscapes. They were all open to suggestions and readily made changes that I suggested. I asked them to take a photo of their work, and here are some examples.
Here are more examples: