Welcome to my blog. Here I will post my class schedules, works in progress, an occasional photograph, and news about shows, exhibitions, workshops and more. You can see all of my work on my website: www.cheryljohnsonart.com.
Visitors are welcome at my Studio/Gallery located at 343 Perch Pond Road in Campton, NH. Drop in anytime I am home, or email cheryljohnsonnh@gmail.com to set up an appointment.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Draw It, Paint It classes ...

The two-session Draw It, Paint It class is done. 

Several students hadn't done anything like this before; drawing was new to them. But, everyone did a great job and had a lot of fun. Many felt that the experience of doing a detailed, fully-developed drawing helped them produce a better painting, which was the object lesson of the class!

This week's class is "Understanding Color"

Students will learn the properties of the pigments in their own palettes
and experiment with mixing clean clear secondary colors from their primaries.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Draw It, Paint It ... Two session class coming up

On Monday, July 8 and Thursday July 11, I will be teaching the first part of a two-session class called "Draw It, Paint It."

Students will learn that drawing a subject can be a great way to work out the details, shapes, contours and values of a subject, all of which are elements required to produce a successful painting.

No drawing experience is needed for this class. We will be covering some pencil drawing basics at the beginning of the session for those who are new to the medium. I will provide materials, or students may bring their own.

I have prepared a step-by-step lesson for the class based on the photo below.

Notice in the drawing  below that I have used my "artistic license" to embellish the photo, adding a silo and changing the background.

Below are some other possible subject choices. As always, students are welcome to bring their own photos if they wish.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

July 1: 30 Minute Watercolors

On Monday evening, July 1, we started our session with a short critique of a few paintings students brought in, which they had done on their own.

After the critique, I demonstrated how easy (at least I thought it was easy!) it is to simplify a complex photo and turn it into a quick, loose watercolor.

Here are some of the demos I did during  the class.

5" x 7" watercolors ...  quick and loose!  Not really my style, but this is a fun way to get in a painting mood or test out an idea before painting the real thing.

Ralph did a practice painting on her own before class. Nice job!

After the demo, everyone did two or three little landscapes of their own. Here's a collage of their efforts.