I greatly enjoy helping people develop a skill that may have been a lifetime desire, that is, to express
their own observations through use of pencil and watercolor paint. My students inspire me to dig
deeper in my own understanding of artwork and painting techniques. I learn from their questions
and am re-energized to take on my own artwork.
The students are a joy to me and working with them is very fulfilling.
Elizabeth’s Teaching Philosophy:
Please don’t tell her that you have no ability in art. Her definition of “talent” is “being willing to start at the beginning and then continuously work to develop skill and artistic insight.”
The child who is labeled “talented” is also the one you see constantly drawing and who is willing to so see both his or her successes and also the areas in which they need to improve. This exploration and work develops into artistic skill. That, alongside of accepting the freedom to experiment with new concepts, techniques, and images, grows into the ability to create beautiful and moving works of art.
People who give up when early work doesn’t look professional don’t understand that art requires education, practice, and effective self critique, just like any other endeavor.
People are not born with the knowledge of drawing; they work at developing the skill just as people do in any other profession. A large part is learning "to see as an artist sees", something that her students find particularly rewarding.
The student who has difficulty is usually the student who thinks that he or she should start out with artwork at the level they’ve viewed in great museums. They don’t allow themselves to develop a sound foundation of skills and then build upon them.
Let yourself be a beginner, listen to and explore the concepts of seeing like an artist, seeing relationships, shapes, and line, then you can learn to draw.
I emphasize drawing because it is the first step to painting and many other forms of visual art. No matter what art form I’m teaching, drawing instruction always enters in.
Whether teaching fundamentals to people new to the art medium or providing continuing classes for the more advanced student, Elizabeth’s classes go beyond and include discussion of many aspects of composition, drawing, color, value, and art history. She tries to not only provide lessons for the group, but more important to see her students as individuals and help with each person’s individual needs for guidance, demonstration, and instruction.
Who are Elizabeth’s students?
People who have never painted before.
People who’ve tried classes but haven’t found instructors who will teach the basic techniques.
People who haven’t painted in years and want to get back into it.
People who have painted for several years but want to take their skills to higher levels.
People who are experienced artists but would like to join her Plein Air groups or participate in her traveling workshops.