Painting Heart and Soul
This class was offered in the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 at Artistree as "Process Painting" with instructor Annie Moore. The class was a big favorite with students because it works for beginners or professionals and allows them to create something worthy of framing within only a few hours. Process Painting is meant to help you un-block and free yourself from all the reasons you may have stopped painting or never actually started. We each carry an inner painter that wants very much to come out and play.
See Annie's website for examples of student work in one 3-hour class. https://www.paintingheartandsoul.com/
Materials needed are purposely cheap and easy to use to help you feel free. Most can be ordered online from a vendor such as www.dickblick.com/, but if you find yourself without materials, cheap paper and marker pens or crayons can be used in your first try.
Materials list to gather or order online in advance of class:
1.Paper plates for a palette - stiff ones are best. You can also use a plastic tray, but paper plates are best.
2. Five bottles of tempera paint. You can start with the smallest size and the cheapest quality. A little goes a long way. We use only primary colors - red, yellow and blue and black and white. Two bottles of white might help.
3. Paper - The best is 140 lb. watercolor paper, but you can use poster board or cardboard or old mat board pieces to start.
4. Cheap brushes of several sizes. A slightly stiff brush is best but anything will do. You can even finger paint and get good results.
5. some rags or paper towels for clean-up
6. a wide-mouthed mason jar or similar container for water
7. A piece of wood or stiff plastic or cardboard larger than your paper for a support. This can be propped with books on a flat table or laid flat.
8. Painters tape ( blue) to tape paper to board. This also leaves a clean white frame around the painting when you remove the tape.
9. An easel is a nice thing to own but not necessary at first. I prefer in classes for students to paint standing up at an easel. An old piece of plywood or a hollow door makes a good easel.
10. A quiet space where no one will intrude on you for 4 hours! If this is impossible, get noisy housemates to join you for the class. Painting in silence is important. I play background meditation music in the background of the class to help with this. Also important is that no one comments on other student's work until the very end of class.
Email Annie directly regarding class registration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annie Moore has been an art educator since she was five years old and painted an amazing mural of sea lions on her mother and father's bedroom wall. This did not please her mother; hence her induction into the difficulties but joys of art education. When Annie was 18 she entered into serious art education for herself by studying at The California College of Art and at the University of California at Berkeley. She was lucky enough to be able to take a four-month painting tour of Europe in 1968. At the age of 21 she won The Best in the West Award for illustration in Western Advertising in California. This drawing of a cowboy inspired the Marlboro Man ads. From 1995 until 2019 Annie has taught art and painting in six different countries at international schools. Her most recent teaching experience was at Lyndsay Pinchbeck's school in Hope Maine, Sweet Tree Arts, where she offered a Process Painting class for adults and children.