Painting for the Complete Beginner

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.

Pear, Lynn Eby, 2014

Pear. Lynn Eby, 2014

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.

Impending Storm, Camilla Brom, 2014

Impending Storm. Camilla Brom, 2014

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:

Tree, Linda Faust, 2014

Tree. Linda Faust, 2014

Desert Life, White Sands, Linda Faust, 2014

Desert Life, White Sands. Linda Faust, 2014

10 thoughts on “Painting for the Complete Beginner

  1. Linda

    As one ofof Ann’s students, I would love to say she was a fantastic instructor. She delivered critiques and instructions in such a positive way that I never felt terrible about my work. It certainly is a great idea to have a class for the complete beginner, as it can be intimidating if you listen to those voices that say you don’t have the talent. I never felt that way in her class and believe her when she says practice , practice , practice.

    1. Ann Hart Marquis Post author

      Linda, thank you so much for your lovey comment. You were definitely one of the hard working painters in the class, as your work shows. I am very proud of you.

  2. Gary Cherniak

    It’s amazing how you expand and share your own world of learning and creativity. I’m sure it was a very rewarding experience for all.


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