We began by using carbon paper to trace a butterfly onto our canvas. Why would I never think of that on my own? Tracing a design takes away a lot of my nervousness about trying to draw, and it resulted in a pretty good looking butterfly (if I do say so myself).
Our teacher, Bob Shoop, was very mild-mannered and kind. I appreciated his teaching approach and admired him for being so artistically talented while only having one hand.
Lorie and I paused for a quick selfie toward the beginning of class.
Note to self - sit on the right hand side of the room next time.
A quick glance at some of the other students in the room; there were about a dozen of us in all.
More butterfly progress...
Here, you can see the progress of my painting as compared to the teacher's painting in the background.
The rose was totally a freehand experience - nervewracking!
Here, you can see my painting with the teacher's canvas in the background. I'm pretty proud of what I was able to accomplish in working with oil paints for the very first time.
At least you can tell it's supposed to be a rose with a butterfly!
Lorie's picture and mine ended up looking a lot like the one we were supposed to be copying, so I think we were definitely top-notch students in that regard. Here we are posing with our finished pieces.
Here are our teacher's paintings - his original on the left and the one he painted in class with us on the right.
The class was definitely a lot of fun! I can't wait to take another art class at the Allen County Library; it's definitely worth the 1/2 hour drive for a quality art experience that is free. :) Do you know what's available at your nearby libraries or community centers? I encourage you to check.