Monday, October 22, 2012

More Skype and a wonderful art teacher

 The teacher
Skype portrait
Watercolour and marker
on Arches Watercolour paper
6 x 10 inches
Barbara Muir © 2012

Today's painting is a small portrait of a really special
teacher.  And I'm not just saying that because he
found my work and likes it, and because I'm
talking to his class in Charlottesville, Virginia
tomorrow.  He is great because he wants children
to feel the way that he does when he's painting, or
making art, and he doesn't want them to have their
creativity squashed by rules, or by everyone doing
the same thing at the same time.  So he's set up
art centers all around the art room in the school he
teaches in, so students can explore art in their own

Awesome.  Tomorrow I am having a Skype
conference with the grade four class to talk
about creating portraits from Skype.  So I
did a little sketch of their teacher, and may do
another before the talk -- because I haven't
nailed it yet, but I still like the feeling.

In other news I finished a commission today
that I've been working on for a while.  So.
whew.  More on that at another time.

Have a-being-excited-about-the-work-you-do day.


Unknown said...

thats cool. Have fun talking to the kids in Charlotteville.

Marilyn Flanegan said...

Bravo to this insightful teacher and how wonderful for everyone that he was inspired by you! enjoy!

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

Thanks I sure did.

They were amazing.

XO Barbara

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Marilyn,

He is an awesome teacher. We had some great talks about art leading up to this. It's so much fun sharing ideas with artists. And these children artists were amazing to talk to.

XO Barbara

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