I do not recommend youth workshops for students until they are 8 or 9 years old. This will vary with the individual child and will be considered on an individual basis. While 12 year old students do qualify for the adult workshops, I will also allow them to take the youth series.
These workshops last a total of 6 days with the first 5 days being devoted entirely to practice. Each of these first 5 days will run for 90 to 120 minutes. Day one will begin with a new 16 x 20 practice canvas. At the end of each session that canvas will be cleaned so it can be used the following day. I will take pictures of during each session and at the end of the workshop those will be put into a slide show presentation which will be given the the student. It will also be posted on my web site. After 5 days of practice, we will begin with a brand new 16 x 20 canvas and will use the techniques learned to complete a painting which will be framed and ready to hang.
The following will outline the focus of each days practice techniques:
Day # 1
- Snow Covered Mountains
Day # 2
- Tappy Grass
- Pine Trees
- Rocks (double loading the filbert brush
Day # 3
- Practice review of Days 1 & 2
- Oak Tree – concentrating on bark, limbs and foliage
Day # 4
- Lakes, Streams and Waterfalls
- Water Lines
Day # 5
- Work with pallet knife to build cliffs and a cabin
On Day # 6 we will begin with a brand new canvas and will complete a painting which will be ready for hanging. It will be a split session with a 1.5 hour lunch break and rest. The second part of the class may take up to another 1.5 hours
Here are pictures taken during the recent workshop of Ayda Bowman including the final masterpiece completed after her 5 days of practice: Ayda has just turned 12 and is now creating her own paintings at home.
With the youth series I prefer to work with only one student in the class. This way I can work at a pace that fits that individual. I will consider two in a workshop with so long as the parents of each child agree to this arrangement.
The cost per student is $200.00. This includes the following items:
- Two 16 x 20 canvases.
- Use of all brushes required
- Apron to wear in class
- 16 x 20 frame for final painting
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