The aha momentPosted: August 16, 2013
It’s always a pleasure to see a student in one of my workshops have an “aha” moment when something really clicks. It happened today at a two-day workshop (the last one of the summer) that I am giving to a group of artists from around the Lachute area.
In classes I always try to get students to create a value plan — basically a schematic drawing of where the lights, mid-tones and darks go. I do this by getting them to do a small pencil drawing in three tones. But one student was having a difficult time with this. She couldn’t get away from doing a line drawing. Her aha moment was when I handed her big fat grayscale markers. With these it is impossible to work in line — you must work only in large tonal shapes. As soon as I showed her what I wanted in markers I could see something click. And I had my aha moment when I realized I had been teaching this wrong! Of course it’s much easier to visualize flat masses when you are working in tone rather than line. And the fact that I am constantly learning from students is the best part about teaching.
We painted in the beautiful village of St. André d’Argenteuil, surrounded by historical houses, on the bank of a river. What a great way to end this summer’s round of workshops.