Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Taking a Class with Dianne

Due to the cancellations from the many snow storms this year, some of my classes are starting a little later than usual. My Duxbury classes are starting this week. Take an evening course or come out with me in beautiful Duxbury to paint the many incredible scenes this historic town has to offer.

 In the morning class, I come early to the town to scout out where we will paint. Depending on the weather and the tide, I see where we could learn something new and a place where the students won't be too intimidated by all that nature has to offer. Once I have decided on the location, I meet my students in the parking lot and direct them to our beautiful spot. Once situated, I begin talk about what is in front of us, contemplating what would be the best thing to paint and why. Where is the sun, how will it change things, what would be our center of attraction and so forth... I then begin with a short demo explaining color harmony, composition and technique. The students now have a good idea of how to begin and work on their own pieces. I then go around to each student to help them move forward in a disciplined way. I point out what they are doing well, and help them with what they need to work on. When they are at a stand still, I show them how to move forward by working on their piece until they are ready to move on. We are usually very happy with our outcomes!

In the evening class, I set up enough still lifes so there won't be any crowding. I try to set up scenes that are interesting to paint and possibly sell. I use different color harmonies in each set up. I try to add items that will challenge the student. Different shapes, sizes and textures help the student to improve with each painting. 

My classes are great for people who have never painted before to the most advanced student. Once we all get started on our own pieces, I help each person at what ever level they are at. The classes are a lot of work but are so much fun as we all are there to help each other improve and inspire.

Please go to http://diannepmiller.com/other1 or www.duxburyart.org for more info.


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