Teaching at Maude Kerns Art Center In Eugene

I'm just starting to teach my second watercolor at Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene, Oregon.  So I thought I would write about how this came about, and what my first class was like.  

In March I applied to teach a watercolor class for Maude Kerns Art Center.  They are the oldest art center in Eugene, and may be one of the oldest in the state of Oregon.  I went in for an interview and got the job! The class is an eight week class, taught once a week on Wednesday evenings from 6-8:30 pm.  The class is offered three times a year, Spring, Fall, and Winter.

I had three weeks from my date of hire until the class would begin, so I spent my waking hours and some of my sleeping hours preparing for the class.  I ended up with nine students, most of whom had not painted in watercolor before.  Some of them had no drawing experience either. There was a mix of ages, and it was a very nice group of people. 

I took them step by step through the process of learning watercolor painting, but I also covered composition, value and color to help them create good paintings.  They did a wonderful job and I had a great time over the 8 weeks getting to know each person, and seeing their work develop.

Here is a sampling of my student's work from the Spring 2017 class.

On the final evening we put up our work from the whole class, and it was quite an impressive display of what each student had done.  

It was a very exciting time, and I'm enjoying the start of whole new group of students...14 this time around!  Stay tune for more...