Sit up straight and smile!

Check out the variety of smiles on these student's faces.

Monet: Japanese bridge no.2, 1899 - student paintings
Photo by Ingrid Galloway Candle Lady | Spa Therapist | Relationship Coach

We are psycho-physical creatures. Our mind and body are in a constant dance, mediated by chemicals and electrical impulses.

We are also social creatures, which is why I assess all new students and only those who have a positive attitude are invited back.

In the induction process I ask each student to list the physical education they have had. As well as being fundamental to the technique of painting, your use of the body has an immediate impact on your emotions and your clarity of thought.

Smile!

That's why I often ask students to sit up straight!

Personally, I start each day by smiling into the mirror. As well as getting you in a good mood, it exercises the facial muscles and keeps you looking younger (I look pretty good for a 96 year old...).

At this point in a lecture on his book 12 Rules for Life, an Antidote for Chaos, Jordan Peterson talks about the relationship between posture and happiness, which was wired into our nervous system 350 million years ago.

See you soon, sitting up straight and painting with a smile!

Art for the curious

Recently I spoke about Piaget's theory of cognitive development. My regular clients know this is "big-picture art education". We cover everything from exactly how to hold a brush, to "where in the metaphysical heck" did that idea come from!"

1 - Idea
An idea

How to hold a brush
Just one way to hold a brush

So, this is not art for the complacent or the smug. You will be challenged. You will surprise yourself!

I will show you:

  1. How creative you already are (a lot).
  2. How much you already know about style.

It takes about four hours for me to prove that to you.

And in the process you will plan and execute a great painting. From scratch. No tracing. No drawing on the canvas. Actually painting in a small and focussed group, discussing the one subject.

Student's Monet Student's Monet

This is how the masters learned. Give it a go!

Student's Monet

Carpe diem!

Carpe Diem!

Latin: Carpe = hand, diem = day, so "sieze the day!"

Carpe Diem

Weekends and Wednesdays, where are we going?

As experience grows in the student body at Inglis Academy we will venture farther and farther across the rich and rewarding landscape of Western Art! The downside of that (there's always a price to pay) is that there will be far less sessions of Starry Night!

For those who in the future are going to miss out... sorry, that's life. I am a one man operator and there are no current plans to scale up (or dilute) the quality of this coaching. Act now, or carpe diem!

This is pretty unique in the world of Art teaching, and some of you really appreciate how lucky you are to be along for the ride, as I was graciously reminded by a very capable professional illustrator in a recent session.

At the moment, most weeks at IA look like figure A, mostly new students. Although last weekend we had a class with mostly intermediates, like figure B.

Class / experience breakdown
Class / experience breakdown

My plan is that by the end of 2018 we will be at the figure B ratio every week.

At the moment there are about 50 paintings in the syllabus, so come on Wednesday people, here is your chance to have a go at one of the less-scheduled paintings! Chances are you have already painted Starry Night? If you are interested in painting on Wednesdays This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with 4 choices from the syllabus. When I get 3 people interested I'll schedule a class.

Next week I'll talk about some of the directions the course will be taking.