|PLUMARIAS by Alan Krug|
I will tell you that THIS time, I will not wait until the last minute to find a few "artist guinea pigs" to teach. As I learned from the oil painting I never got to teach, what you think happened may not be what actually happened. A teacher I know told me that even after 25 years of teaching, she had to re-write her instructions after teaching her class. She had made some mistakes and had to come home and rewrite what she had written.
You have to wonder, do you think that a Monet, or Gauguin, even Van Gogh could teach you how to paint in their style? I think that it takes a special kind of person that can teach others how to paint their own artistic work. And whether you like the style or not, each artist has their own unique technique.
From the moment that I started taking art classes, I was struck by how different each student's painting was from the teachers. Often, you would often wonder if they were, in fact, painting the same thing. It seemed to make no difference. In my art class in Sierra Madre, CA, classes in Norco, CA or Las Vegas, if there was a group of people painting the same painting, trust me, they were NOT alike.
However, the next logical question is, does it matter? If that is your vision of what you see and you are happy with it, again, does it matter?
Anyway, I am excited and hope I will be able to teach this class. It will be a kind of vindication and proof to me, that what I teach has some value to others.
I urge all of you to check out the web site, http://www.vegaspaint.com and check out the artists. The new catalog should be ready by July 2013. Hopefully, I will see you there!