Combining the excitement of working with this challenging medium with a passion for teaching, I am anticipating much fun in this short, activity-packed series of six classes - the first of a summer schedule here in Chewelah.
I can still feel nervous pin-pricks on the back of my neck as I remember G. Ruth Webb carrying her #20 rare, Kolinsky sable round (probably a $200+ brush) around the tables in my early watercolor experience, ready to rap on us or our stuff if we weren't doing things just right! A very successful watercolor and china painting artist, all of 4'10", this little British dynamo pounded some really good basic tenets in our heads right from the beginning. Then Kathleen Graddy brought her graduate art background to us in a much more congenial, but equally rigorous series of watercolor experiences through college level coursework. I caught the bug, and never stopped.
I give lots of credit to those first two teachers as I learned the right way from the beginning. "You are all creative people, but you will not be allowed to be creative in my class until you show me you understand what you are doing!" said G. Ruth many times. Not intending to ride that high horse, I still agree that understanding fundamentals about pigment, paper, tools, and techniques is a powerful beginning to coming to terms with this elusive medium. Let the classes begin!