Lily had her first art class today with a local artist Nicole Best Rudderham. What a great experience! Nicole is an incredibly talented and wonderful individual. Understanding that everyone learns differently and people can have different perspectives and approaches to making art, she caters her teaching as students need it. Nicole didn’t just teach Lily an art class today. For those two hours she was also a role model and friend.
Lily’s painting for today was a landscape painting. It reminded me very much of the sunsets she’s been enamoured with this last week. She hasn’t missed one sunset all week and has been copying down the layered colours on paper, hoping to show her dad when he gets home.
Nicole taught her about foreground, background, horizon and inspiration. She taught Lily how best to care for her paintbrushes (don’t leave them sitting in water!), work with acrylic paint and how to mix primary colours to create colours of her choosing. Nicole also showed her a number of neat techniques for creating stars, painting pebbles on a beach, painting foamy and rippled waves and painting trees.
We bought a few supplies on our way home and Lily’s been spending the afternoon teaching Leif all that she learned. We bought red, yellow, blue and white acrylic paint. We also bought some canvases and a couple new paint brushes. I think I see a lot of painting in our future!