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Posted by Lisa on February 12, 2011 at 3:26 AM

Masters School of Art's Spring term is now in full force, and it's turning out to be an exciting term! I'm teaching a lot of classes this term: Color Pencil (2 classes); Color Pencil Portrait; Animal Drawing; Cartooning 101, and Watercolor. I haven't taught Color Pencil at MSOA since Fall 2008, so I'm looking forward to teaching it again. My students will have the opportunity to create color pencil masterpieces using Marlene Williams original photos. Marlene is one of our computer instructors at MSOA and a wonderful photographer! She has given her permission for the students of MSOA to create artwork using her photos as a reference. I'm looking forward to helping my students create the best artwork they can. The students of MSOA are so talented and eager to create. They make my "job" so enjoyable!

I'm most nervous this term about teaching Watercolor for the first time. I interned with Lennie Jo Barnes during our Spring 2010 term, but this is the first time teaching it solo. I have 8 very young girls in my watercolor class (all around age 11), but they are very focused and are showing to be a joy to work with. We are starting off working on a stained glass pattern project and they're doing great! It's a fun assignment.

The class I'm most excited about teaching though is my Color Pencil Portrait class. It was taught at MSOA last term (Fall 2010) for the first time by Lennie Jo Barnes. I decided to take her class because 1. my love for color pencil and 2. my love for portraits. I have to admit....I found my true love of art. I love all aspects of art, but nothing like my love for Color Pencil Portrait! I'm currently working on my 2nd CPP project of my great nephew, Adam Sams III as a gift for my nephew Troy and his wife, Shanah. It's coming along nicely and I will upload it to the Barnyard as soon as it's finished. 

My first CPP project, which I entered into MSOA's exhibit,  won 1st place in the "College - Other" category, I'm proud to announce! Alexandra's picture was a real joy to recreate into a color pencil portrait. Here is a picture of my winning artwork:

I also entered my Watercolor project into the exhibit. It didn't win, but I still love it anyway! :)

My 3rd entry into MSOA's Fall 2010 Art Exhibit was my new Lucy-Goosey series entitled "LG Studios - The Havensburg Scoop". You can read all about it on the home page and can see a sample of this series on the LG Studios page here in The Barnyard. Copies of this new series will be available for purchase soon.

So yes, I'm very excited about this new term at MSOA. I'm not only teaching the 6 classes, but I'm also taking 3 classes this term - working further towards my Art Teacher's Certification. This term, I am taking Pastels from Anna Harrison, Portrait 301 from Laura Fishkin, and Animal Drawing from Karen Williams.Should make for some fun exhibitions at our next Art Exhibit and Revue. I'm looking forward to what I can learn from these wonderful MSOA instructors.

The only classes I will have left to complete my certification, after this term, are my painting classes (which are quite a few).

I'm going to end this blog post with a quote from one of my favorite artists, Vincent Van Gogh...a man of true depth and a creative genious. This is a great quote and reflects my sentiments exactly...

I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly.'

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