Yesterday was our final class in the Introduction to Drawing & Painting course at the Melbourne Studio of Art. I’ve honestly been dreading the end of these classes – they’ve become the highlight of my week! I’m sad that the term is over now, but yesterday’s class was an excellent way to finish.
This class was all about analogous colours – colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel. I found this trickier than the complementary colour exercise we did a couple of weeks ago, mostly because I haven’t got a handle on colour mixing yet and the subtle differences of shade mattered more than ever this week. I had a pretty terrible attitude towards my painting until the last 20 minutes when I managed to rescue it! I feel like we still have some making up to do, but I like the finished product more today than I did yesterday.
Yesterday was also the day that I finally confessed to our teacher, Michael Gray, that I’ve been blogging about these classes. He seemed to take the news well! I feel incredibly lucky to have had such a patient and talented teacher in Michael over the past 8 weeks, and honestly can’t believe the progress that I have made in such a short amount of time. When we met back in July I was a blank canvas, and under his instruction I feel a lot more confident about how to tackle a painting.
My drawing is probably weaker than my painting now, but at least I know how to work on it!
I’ve enjoyed the class so much that I have decided to do it again next term. Michael tells me that it will be a different teacher taking the class, and I guess that will be both good and bad. I’m going to miss Michael’s patience and sense of humour, but it will be interesting to see the approach that a different teacher will take.
As long as they know how to talk me off the ledge when I’m mad at my painting, that’s all that matters!
I don’t know whether any of my Melbourne readers would be interested in joining me on this next adventure, but here are some details in case you want to know more. And seriously, you need absolutely no prior experience or innate talent to make something out of these classes – I am living proof!
Weekend classes for the absolute beginner – Introduction to Drawing & Painting and Life Drawing for Beginners
Evening Classes – Art Discovery – Life Drawing, Drawing & Painting for Beginners, Drawing & Painting – Intermediate, Untutored Life Drawing
Day classes – The Melbourne Studio of Arts’ Pathways to Fine Arts program is for artists considering a career in Fine Arts or for those wishing to develop their artistic skills to the fullest. Click the link for the full program.
Thanks to Michael Gray and the Melbourne Studio of Art for an excellent eight weeks of learning. See you next term!