A Re-Discovered Joy, Teaching a Young Art Student

Oil portrait by ninth-grade art student

Though I have used this blog to promote my own art work, I cannot help but post a couple of images of work from one of my private art students.  Maddie is a ninth-grade student, seeking admission to a fine arts school.  A portfolio is required, so her parents have hired my services to assist her in building a portfolio of 25 pieces to submit when she applies.

All I can say is, I have met very few students as gifted as Maddie.  Her eye is so good, and her intellect so keen that she seems able to do anything she attempts in the field of art.  I have never touched a brush or pencil to her compositions, but have only stood nearby coaching and re-directing as necessary.  She only has to be told once, and she gets it.

This is a life-size oil portrait that Maddie spent 2 hours creating, while viewing a large projection of an oil painting from centuries past.  She never touched a pencil to the canvas, but began with turpentine-thinned oil on a brush, blocking in the portrait with a sepia wash, and then building from there.

I think the painting is magnificent.  I don’t know when I have felt more proud of a student with this kind of willingness to come into the studio after hours, following her own daily school and extra-curricular schedule.

Thanks for reading.

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One Response to “A Re-Discovered Joy, Teaching a Young Art Student”

  1. lesliepaints Says:

    Awesome, Maddie!!!!

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