I’ve been having a lot of fun teaching a Beginning Watercolor class at the The School at the Danforth Museum of Art has high quality Adult and Children’s classes and I have been very privileged to teach there for the last couple of years.
One of the great things about teaching a small group of students (unlike my large classes of 15-18 at Community College), is that I am able to sit down and play with the assignments too.
One of the first weeks we played with different techniques of creating texture with watercolor, and I really enjoyed manipulating the little squares with salt, spatter technique, cling wrap, alcohol drips and masking fluid. I usually have some kind of agenda when I sit down to paint and very rarely take two hours just to play.
The Danforth Museum has an excellent permanent collection focusing on Boston Expressionism, a group of Expressionist painters in the early and mid-20th century who maintained their focus on painting from observation while the rest of the world was moving into Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and other non-representational movements. David Aronson, Reed Kay, Barbara Swan, Philip Guston, and John Wilson are just a few of the amazing painters who were working in Boston (mainly at Boston University) and who I consider to be my “painting grandparents” because they taught some of my teachers from both undergraduate (Bruce Herman) and graduate school (Grant Drumheller).