In a message dated 05/29/2005 9:27:36 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
absolutely agree with that Woody...
I belong to several plein air associations...one we started more regionally
with about 30 members now, and one national/professional, and another
international. Its great fun to get together with other painters to paint
on some location outdoors.
Woody, Larry and Susan on Long Island all seeing life throught the same
vantage point! Painting is my first love, as well! How can we expect our
students to grow artisically, if we, as teachers, are not committed to developing
ourselves as artists? Painting (drawing, printmaking, sculpture, etc.) to
vital for mental, spiritual, and creative expression and development. When my
students want to know how I got "so good" in my own work, I tell them from
lots of practice. All art teachers should be practicing artists, IMO.
Larry, Woody, and All:
I want to share with you an opportunity for painters this summer. Although I
have posted this before, it is such a fantastic opportunity I will tell you
again. In August the New York State Art Teachers Association sponsors a 3
week painting course in Florence, Italy. This summer Philipa Blair, a world
renowned painter (from Austraila), will be teaching the course. We will be
painting plein air around Tuscany and some sessions with a model in the art
school's beautiful air conditioned studios. I went 4 years ago, and will go again
this summer because the experience is that FABULOUS!
If you are interested, please contact me privately, and I will fill you in
on costs, housing (we rent apartments for the month), and best airline
Susan on Long Island