Mairi Budreau AFCA
Creativity and Fun!
Lots of people have stick-man-itis, a condition where drawing a good stickman is difficult. It’s a remark I hear often and it’s not surprising since most people are taught to read, write and do math; but real drawing or painting skills are not taught in school. What’s unfortunate is that natural artists are perceived to have some magical gift that is not learnable by the rest. But it is learnable with some desire and interest thrown in for good measure!
Many of us have the ability to convey information with a few lines in the sand. The part of the human brain that drives a car is the same part that draws and paints and imagines. It's just waiting to be coached, nurtured and awakened, so instead of thinking you can't draw, or can't draw well, take a moment to realize its just a lack of education and practice.
Practicing art skills is full of amazing discoveries.
It draws you close to the beauty in nature or the flowing form of a vase, how light describes architecture through volume and texture, the soft shapes of a child's face. It builds relationships with people and things you feel close to by deepening and enriching those connections.
Making art presents new ways of seeing and develops skills for the hands as they explore in concert with the eye.
Making art opens new thought as well. Ideas begin to flow.
Above: Pencil study of form, values and perspective
Making art describes dimensions on flat surfaces to make them appear perfectly realized whether they are imaginary or real.
Making art leads to choices about what to leave in and what to leave out and through this we grow a personal sense of balance.
Making art develops distinctive, unique and identifiable style that happens without premeditation and constantly changes with growth. Like your signature, the marks you make are original in response to what you see, how you feel in the moment, and the history of your life experience. Your personality pours out of pencils, brushes, chalks and so on.
Making art can cause frustration and confusion and both of these precede breakthroughs. Breakthroughs feel good!
Above: Prep drawing for Girl with the Pearl Earring (Vermeer).
The materials used to make art dance with science, harnessing the properties of light and the chemistry of paints to interact with mediums and the surfaces upon which they are applied. Mixing pigments to see what happens when colours are layered over colours teaches through experimentation.
Making art is trial and error. A good teacher steers you away from painting yourself into a corner. Making mistakes happens of course! and when appreciated they are the greatest teachers. Appreciation for them is also an art!
Making art gives the brain a rest from everyday life.
It lifts us out of the pressurized left-brain hemisphere into the right brain hemisphere where imagination, creativity, and daydreaming take place. The spatial function of the right brain is used when we drive a vehicle. The right brain also sets us free resulting in the wonder of where the time went.
Above: Grisaille (grey) underpainting for Girl with the Pearl Earring (Vermeer) in the Classic Method of the Renaissance.
Above: Atmospheric perspective - the near trees look near and the far trees look far away. Acrylic
Making art is therapeutic. It presents openings to release joyful and painful thoughts and hidden feelings or memories that can hold us back. Sometimes it connects us with emotions and heals old wounds. It can build confidence and direction in your creativity and can also be as uncomplicated as a pleasurable way to spend an afternoon.
Above: Establishing values in contemporary painting method
Above: The finished painting - acrylic
Making art is not for the “instant gratification” crowd because developing skills is steady growth through steady practice and many rewards take place over time.
Making art is exciting when a technique is first learned, applied then used successfully, or when a breakthrough such as seeing-like-an-artist occurs, or when a common object takes on meaning purely because of it’s form and colour.
Making art teaches simplification and complication – two aspects of the same thing. How far you go in either direction is up to you.
Drawing and painting classes are fun and open up a world of imagination, connection and accomplishment.
LESSONS and WORKSHOPS
Develop drawing and painting skills
in a fun atmosphere!
Ages 10 and up
Studio located in Barnhartvale (Kamloops) BC
2 hour lesson $50
1 hour lesson $25
Inquire or arrange day and time that works for you!
email Mairi (pronounced Mary)
I look forward to hearing from you!
Learn to sketch and draw realistically
Still life, nature, landscape, portraits with pens, pencils and charcoal
Learn to paint realistically
Paint in oil and acrylic
Studio and outdoor classes
• Ages 10 and up
• Beginners and experienced artists welcome
Above: Sketch for determining values