Teaching at Sitka: Part 1

I had the privilege of teaching two classes at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. The first, June 30-July 3, was in the smaller of the two studios at Sitka, Smith, and with ten students, it was the perfect space.

I taught two classes at Sitka, the first class was in the smaller, lower studio and the second class was in the spectacular upper studio, Boyden.

Because I was teaching two classes and they were back-to-back (I had the 4th of July off between the two classes), I got to stay at Morley House, which was a first for me. I loved this space!

This is where I got to stay for ten days: Morley House.

Now to the good stuff. The class. I could babble on about it, but instead I’m going to share photos – a fraction of the photos I took, but it gives a good look into our four days of art making. The group was talented, energetic, spirited, and hard workers — and they wanted to know if they could sign up for my 2023 class on the final day!

Brand new overalls! Soft fabric . . . and WHITE. I’m ready.

How I set up the oil paints I bring for the class to use.

A demo board.

Picking up supplies.

Pink+handmade holey paper = beauty.

Making room for a beautiful ring.

Just a beautiful blob of paint.

An old wallpaper roller I bought at a flea market in Europe years ago was a huge hit.

All the colors!

Working, working, working.

Blotting with tissue paper, lifting paint, and moving paint around.

Spreading and scraping paint.

Mixing oil paint with cold wax medium.

Such a strong use of color!

Another lover of color!

Carol experimenting with using a solvent to create drips.

A lovely example of a grid composition.

Regina and Liz confer.

Beautiful swaths of color.

Jill contemplates her next move.

My favorite stencil: circles.

Colorful, powerful, and fascinating example of a grid composition.

R&F Pigment Sticks – making a monoprint.

Selecting pigment sticks to try out.

A beautiful, finished painting. Carol started this one in a class with me a few years ago, brought it with her, and brought it to a beautiful finish.

Work in progress.

Encouraging and supporting each other.

Experimenting with drips!

I love the variety of color and marks in this series.

This is a monoprint of the original oil and cold wax painting (Marc let me have the monoprint and it is hanging in my studio).

Looking in . . . .

A beautiful series of magical marks.

Paintings drying in the courtyard,

Mini abstracts.

Ripping off tape to reveal small beauties.

Final day show and tell.

And then I rested.

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