PRE CLASS: students present work done over the week for instructor’s critique. Review of last week’s technique. Only positive comments are allowed.
OUR INSPIRATION FOR TODAY: Our inspiration for today is “For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall.” Psalm 18:29.
We all face problems; some come us unexpectedly, others we see coming. "For by You..." We have a companion, God, who willingly goes with us through our task. It is not by our ideas or inner strength that we overcome the challenges of our life, but, "By my God..." It is by my God. We must turn to God, and remember what we know about Him. With prayer I need to invite Him along to the battle. Christian victory is "By God." It is not just ''by God's help." No, that would suggest He is only a partner like a 50/50 him and me thing; instead it is 100% by God that I can run against a troop or leap a wall. Like King David we must give credit to the power that accomplished a thing. David was giving credit to the One who truly deserves it.
INSTRUCTION AND DEMONSTRATION ON TECHNIQUE: today we cover wet into wet watercolor wash, compositional problems with empty space and avoidance of strong lines that divide the picture, and the benefits of using darker hues to outline or complement and bring out brighter areas. A few words about how to take care of brushes.
CLASS PROJECT: A white flower; we will use wet into wet to paint all the paper except the flower there by creating an image of the flower in negative space.
At HOME THIS WEEK: Good drawing is the beginning of good painting so I gave out How to draw a cat on a fence, and how draw the old cowboy skill builders, choose one. Draw one other picture from real life of something in your room. Do two watercolors this week one using the wet into wet technique and one using the white of the paper to make a form it can be any subject you wish as long as it is white.
OPTIONAL DRAWING LONG TERM PROJECT: Every week we will illustrate two or three sentences that are part of a story. This is an opportunity to draw. The title of this story is the “Mystery of the Lost Heirloom.” It will take place in a world or universe of your own creation “The mystery of the lost heirloom.” You have done the first three pages last week this week do pages 4-6, Write “These are my family.” Draw the persons in your avatar’s family. Give them names. Make some young, some old some, men and woman. Give them names. On page 5; write “One night _______ (pick one of the old persons you drew on page 4), Gave me a special responsibility.” Draw the two of you at a table with a candle or lamp inside a tent or whatever your family travels in. For page 6 write, “It was to be the guardian of the family treasure a ___________.” You decide what it is, But it must be something you wear like old shoes or an old beaten up hat or one glove or a scarf or necktie or anything you wear. It can be silly.