Saturday, June 1, 2013

Glass Jar Study by Julie Riker

8x10

Thursday was the final night of my oil painting challenge class.  One of the students had requested that we practice painting glass, so I set up a few jars for the students to paint from.
This is the painting I did along with the class.  It was an interesting study in how the background color changes as it is viewed through the lightly tinted jar.  It was also good practice in reserving white - resisting that urge to add too much -  to make the highlights glisten.

This has been a fun class to teach.  Every week we did a "challenge" and each challenge was designed to teach the students about value, color, light, etc.  I think it was good for everyone to work on a fresh small painting each week rather than spending several weeks on one large intimidating canvas.  It got them painting - and painting a lot -- from life -- which is the only way to really learn.  I enjoyed being able to paint along and think they learned from watching me.  I will miss it.

7 comments:

Sue Marrazzo said...

GREAT POST!!!
I can relate.

madelinecreilly said...

That sounded like a great class. I am sure they learned tons!madeline reilly

Julie Riker said...

no more classes for you Sue?

Christine Marx said...

Great post Julie. I love painting glass too!

Julie Riker said...

Thanks Christine!

Sue Marrazzo said...

I am doing 3 art camps and parties this summer.
My adult classes start in the Fall.
Thanks for asking!
Julie...Are you teaching again?

Julie Riker said...

I am taking the summer off from teaching classes, but still have a private student. I have not decided yet if I will do this class next fall. I depends how busy I get with client work.
Have fun with the camps Sue!