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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Workshop - Day One

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Dreama's beautiful demo from Day one!

I never imagined it would take me so long to post about our workshop this week. But when you teach from 9:00 - 4:00 and then race home to cook a gourmet dinner for 22 people, there isn't a lot of computer time (or energy) to blog at the end of the day!
Dreama begins her talk about "transparent colors".
Finishing up stage one of Dreama's demo ...
When Dreama and I decided to teach a workshop together, we talked to a lot of artists about their own workshop experiences to find out what they liked and didn't like about workshops. We found a lot of artists were very intimidated when they faced an empty canvas after watching a half day demo.  We also found that many artists were frustrated with the paintings created during a workshop and really wanted to bring home workshop paintings they were proud of! And finally, we found many artists wanted to paint faster and with more confidence.

So Dreama and I came up with a new approach, a different way to demo and a really fun exercise to help our students to learn to paint faster. So we used a "team" format that was very different but really focused on "the joy of painting". And I must say ... say the workshop has been amazing!
On the first day Dreama did a demo of her amazing painting techniques with transparent colors. And as you can see, there were 20 beautiful paintings completed by the end of the day.
Twenty beautifully completed paintings! Aren't they incredible?

That evening we had the group over to my house for "fireside chats" and a gourmet meal. The flat bread pizza appetizers (both artichoke and pesto) were a big hit as was the barbecue dinner and homemade berry cobbler!

Here we are enjoying grilled flatbread pizza for appetizers!
Day one was an incredible day as Dreama and I were blessed with a wonderful group of 20 women who flew from all over the country to take our workshop! We had so much fun!

9 comments:

Bobbi Heath said...

It sounds like so much fun! Can't wait to hear more about your "team" approach to learning in a workshop, and to hear what the students had to say. Truly lovely student paintings, and Dreama's demo is beautiful. I'm saying to myself "what will Leslie's demo focus on?".

Jul said...

So jealous! I want to be there! I'm sure everyone is having such a blast.

martinealison said...

Que du bonheur, n'est-ce pas !!! je voudrais bien me retrouver avec vous... Bisous et bonne continuation.

Gabe said...

beatiful experience, sweet nigth,graziella

Crystal Cook said...

Simply awesome :) It would have been so cool to come and hang with you ladies.

Also, Ahem. . . I am making a formal request for the flatbread pizza recipe. Sounds delicious!

Paintings by Kadija said...

I was one of the lucky workshop attendees... THANK YOU Leslie, for 4 of the most incredible days of my life. I learned soooo much from both you and Dreama, my head won't stop spinning with ideas. You motivated me, taught me new techniques, and indeed sent me home with 4 FAB paintings.

Kelley Carey MacDonald said...

Is that my friend Jane standing up at the demo??? She one of my 'Carol Marine Workshop Women' gang!!! Oh, I WISH I could have come. I bet it was informative AND fun! You go, guys!

Jerry Stocks said...

The workshop was fantastic, and I am now motivated to paint, paint, paint. Thank you for including my husband in the delicious gourmet dinners. Not only did he enjoy the food, he loved being with so many great artists. Thank you, Leslie for teaching us your fantastic palate knife techniques and your awesome hospitality.

Sincerely, Jerry

Suzanne Roberts said...

Wow, Your workshop sure looks fun! Wish I could have been there. Maybe next year.

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