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Base at Blackhawk Bluff’s

May 9, 2011

Base at Blackhawk Bluffs, Oil on Canvas 18" x 24"

My spring classes are completed. When we started the semester in February, there was snow on the ground and at 6:00pm, it was dark. Ten weeks and a spring break later, no snow, though still chilly. By 8:00pm, it’s still light outside. I had the pleasure of working with a great group of students. They tested me and I trust that I challenged them.

The last class of the semester is my final exam. I solicit for, and generally get, some great feedback to enable me to keep improving my classes.  Some people have a difficult time receiving and understanding criticism (more on that statement in an upcoming blog). I need the students critique. I check my ego and any pride at the door and work to get the students to express their thoughts. Sometimes I have to dig and pry a bit to understand their concern and the change which I can implement to benefit the group. Most of the students are too kind and worry about hurting my feelings, but getting their honest opinions and thoughts are necessary if I am to amend my approach and offer classes that are helpful in guiding them on this journey of creating art.

This spring’s groups offered some good ideas to help me. Implementation begins in about four months…or in a few weeks. Rock Valleys Summer schedule just came out and enrollment has begun.  Workshops which I will lead are as follows:

Painting the Summer Landscape in Watercolor

Course#: ART 815 BLL    Reg. Code 4607

June 13, 14 & 15     9:00am to 4:00pm

Exploring the Landscape in Plein Air

Course#: ART 815 BLL2  Reg. Code 3785

July 11, 12 & 13     9:00am to 4:00pm

For more information about these workshops, please refer to my website, Rock Valley College’s summer catalog (www.rockvalleycollege.edu), or me.  Hope to see you in a few weeks.

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