Student Project Spotlight: Jamila

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Last Sunday, my Skillshare students began another awesome 2 week MoDeRn ArT Challenge.  Daily email prompts take them step-by-step through 14 days of learning to paint like a modern art master.

Students enrolled in this workshop come from either my Kandinsky or Mondrian "Abstract Art with a Twist" series of courses.  Over the next few days, I will give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some outstanding projects from students who have taken this workshop with me in the past.

You can look at these projects in more detail in the workshop project page on Skillshare. 

Blooming beauty: Jamila's project

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An architect from Ecuador, Jamila gifted the class with a powerful floral interpretation of Kandinsky's Squares with Concentric Circles.

Here is her reference photo:

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And here is another watercolor she completed for this workshop:

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Jamila's floral imagery (through geometric patterns) and soft and hard edge techniques brought to my mind another artist:  Georgia O'Keefe.  Here is her painting, Oriental Poppies, from 1928.

Oriental Poppies, 1928 by Georgia O'Keeffe

One of my favorite aspects of our workshops is the connections that participants make from one reference artist to another.  Students can freely take the elements they choose from a wealth of sources and make their own project.  

As you can tell, I am very proud of the growth that each student demonstrates from sketch to final product.  We learn so much from each other.  The class interaction and visual sharing of snapshots of works in progress spark fast and marked developmental jumps in the class as a whole.  Thanks, Jamila, for sharing this beautiful work!

Update from my Studio

What's happening in my studio these days?  I'm hard at work on producing more Skillshare classes.  Watch in the near future for a class on Joan Miro' and another on Paul Klee.  Also, I have begun a new batch for Art-o-mat and am trying to stay on top of #the100DayProject on Instagram.

Hope your art adventures are filled with fun and learning.


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