Let me tell you a little about myself.
I have a BFA from Montserrat College of Art
, concentrating in drawing
. I have taught people art, ages 9-80.
"Why should we look at your picture?" This question is a difficult question to answer. It is our responsibilty as a picture maker to be able to answer this question.
I can help the student accomplish this by focusing on two areas. The first area is in learning the skills of picture making. Skills are only one half of what is required to successfully make pictures that people will want to look at. How I usually teach skills is based on observation, using still-lifes and sometimes nature.
Let me list out a few skills acquired from learning from observation: seeing light and dark on and around the subjects, measuring or sighting the subjects (as needed), Positive/Negative aspects of the subjects, breaking down the complicated to the simple, building confidence to depict more complicated subjects, and understanding the elements of pictures and how they combine together.
Basically, drawing and painting from observation is learning how to read the information of the subject and to depict what is observed. Learning from observation is learning to read.
But, there is more to art than copying, such as communicating ideas visually. Conceptual picture making applies the skills learned from observation but with a different goal, which is to depict whatever is desired, as communicates clearly the idea sought to be expressed.
Once skills are built up, at least enough, then the subject's placement on the paper is better understood.
Teaching color, I use color charts, as well as setups or the figure. The student learns color theory and how to see the color interactions in their everyday lives, so they can continue to learn from nature.
If everything goes well in our time, I also will attempt to help the student to reveal “vitality” in a work.