Working with three different canvases, we will explore multiple approaches and techniques for mixing paints and understanding how the color red works. We will experiment with wet into wet, dry layering, transparencies, collage, and other techniques to assist each student in developing a broad range and effect of the color.
- Three 12×18 canvases (or approx)
- Charcoal, rags, and items for collage (colored papers, scraps, phone bills, love notes, etc.)
- All other painting materials provided (brushes, paints, etc.)
The approach with which I teach is one aimed at helping participants to relax into the present moment while engaging in an exploration of the working materials. The exercises that we use are designed to help free ourselves from our internal critic – the voice of comparison and judgment – to thereby immerse ourselves in learning the intimacies of the paints and other mediums. We take the focus off of achieving a ‘finished painting’, and place it on the quality of the process. The goal is not simply to learn new painting techniques, but to (re)discover a joy for experimentation and risk-taking, where successive ‘failures’ become revelations.