After my first experience of teaching watercolor classes on my cruise to Alaska last May, I realized I could help participants have a much better experience with some organizational changes. It also improved my experience because everything ran so smoothly!
- The best "new thing" was using my iPad which had 2 to 4 minute demonstrations of each project. I simply connected the iPad to the ship's digital projector and "viola" the entire project, start to finish, was projected on a large screen.
- Because of the limited time and the fact that many people have difficulty doing a drawing, I had each landscape and floral project lightly sketched on watercolor paper.
- I was prepared for 50 students (which is what the ship requires) and knew ahead how things would be shared and what type of brushes would work best for any given project.
The first project was Paint a Card. I suggested that people choose one word to paint by charging in one color to the next, then decorate the rest of the card with "confetti" type brushmarks. You can see how creative people got with this one.
|This group concentrated on their work.|
|Gentlemen can paint!|
|I loved the adventurous colors used by this fellow.|
|It was fun to have a diverse age group.|
Even Landscapes were a breeze for this group.
The final project was the one I was most concerned about. Painting a floral, and a poinsettia in particular, might be challenging for some beginners, but these participants dove into the painting and came up smiling.