Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Spring mood - two sessions dedicated to poppies

In March we dedicated two sessions to capture the delicacy and beauty of red poppies. In the first sessions we worked on small papers on individual blooms, while in the second session we tried larger paintings with poppies in the field or in a vase. Wonderful works from all ladies!

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

We decided to close 2016 painting the festive Poinsettia flowers, to send you all our best wishes for the celebrations of the season and for a Happy New Year!!!
Can you believe that we only started painting in watercolor 2 years ago? I feel so proud of the progress the group has made, and their continuous enthusiasm and happiness each time we meet!

My wish for the next year: I wish the group will have the chance to work with and get advice from a fine art trained tutor, as the ladies have reached a point where more advanced topics (e.g. composition, perspective) would help them grow as artists!!!

Sunday, 6 November 2016

The first session for the 2016-2017 academic year!

Yes, this is our 3rd year, and the group gets bigger and bigger! I am sure we will have lots of fun with watercolor this year too! We are all grateful to the Community Center for the organization, hosting and materials, and especially to Mrs. Roula Sakellaropoulou who takes care of all the details (including the photos bellow)!

Monday, 19 September 2016

It is time to start again!

Summer is gone now, and we are back to "school"! Yes, our watercolor painting workshop sessions are aligned to the academic year, and now it is time to start a new series of meetings.
Unfortunately, for this year, we are going to hold only the workshop for the advanced group. Although there is a lot of interest from new comers at the Community Center, my schedule doesn't allow me to undertake more than one group for year. It is also going to be a bit difficult task due to the big number of attendants (the two groups of the previous year will be merged), and due to the differences between their skills at the moment - I need to plan each session to be adaptable to various levels.
As usual, from time to time I will post photos and information from the sessions. One thing is for sure, we will have lots of fun again!!!

Friday, 1 July 2016

Workshop Exhibit, June 21, 2016

We are really very glad for the progress of this years - both groups, advanced and beginners, enjoyed another series of the workshop and are so happy with their works!!!
The three Community Centers of the city of Patras organize each year a small fest, to close the various activities they do during the "academic year". And they do really lots of things for the senior citizens: theater, dances, yoga, gym, and painting.
So, here are some photos with the little exhibit of this year (and the three ladies of the 2nd KAPH, who worked hard all year to organize all these activities and events):

A big thank you from my side to all the wonderful ladies, who made all my Fridays wonderful and shared their time with me!!! Congratulations!!!

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Advanced Group: Working on Perspective

The advanced group was working for the last 3 sessions on the difficult topic of perspective.
We had a more theoretical session, with a short introduction about linear perspective, the vanishing points, the perspective with one and two vanishing points, and some trials to have simple shapes (cubic) drawn with perspective.
For the next session I handled them some photos with one and two vanishing points (mostly buildings which could be seen as simple shapes), to choose what they would like to paint. The first exercise was to magnify the drawing, identify the vanishing points and work out the full drawing on tracing paper.
In the last session, after transferring the drawing to the watercolor paper, the fun actually begin: colors are what we love most!!!


Beginners' Group: Progress on the Roses painting

In our last session we looked a bit at the drawings, correcting a few things here and there, and then moved to the first wash of the background and working on the greens. We are going to finish them next week.