My next class was Mixed Media Portraits. The class was filled with students bent on having fun and we laughed, joked and told stories as we worked through the class. The object of the class was not to turn out a face using a formula, but to create a one -of-a-kind face filled with character and emotion. We did warm up contour drawings and then moved ahead to draw a face upside down on printed paper to "fool" the brain into having no preconceived ideas of how a face was to look. After learning the basics of drawing a face, we moved on to create a face using the six colors of the rainbow rather than flesh - cool colors for shadows and warm for highlights. This was when the faces became truly interesting. A last portrait was created using all that had been learned in the class. Everyone created the most brilliant art, don't you think?
After an evening of show and tell, another scrumptious meal and a good night's sleep, I headed for my third class, Secret Garden Journaling. What a great group of ladies I had in this class!! I felt so blessed for the students I had throughout the retreat. All there to have a good time and all willing not only to learn but to share their own knowledge with others during the class.
After a day of journaling techniques, shared stories and an Australian geography and history class for me, here is some of the great work produced in class. I am amazed, but not surprised, by the incredible talent these students had. Many of them teachers or working artists in their own right, the art they produced was impressive.
This was an amazing class and I learned as much from the students as I taught to the class and you could not ask for better company than the ladies in this class. But now it was time for another great dinner and a bit of Trivia. I was a bit nervous in this competition. I knew very little about Australian trivia. But the questions were from general knowledge and our team of four started out well...two Americans (Leslie and me) and two Australians (Sonja and Fiona), but we were always just short one question it seemed and we missed out on the great prizes divvied up to the winners. And Lucy, I will forevermore remember that ebony is not just wood, but a dense, dark wood....Thanks so much for being in the tough spot of scorer.
Laurie Mika and sister, Leslie
Bevlea, Laurie, Eva and ?
All too soon it was time to go back to our rooms and pack. Tomorrow is our last day of class and we needed to be checked out of our room by 9 AM.
Karin and Dawn
It was hard to believe it was time for my last class, Dolls for Big Girls. I could not believe it was time for the retreat to be over, when it seemed it had just started. And what a great class it turned out to be with much laughter as we created and put together our dolls. Unfortunately, before we could properly paint and cloth our creations, it was already time to be out of our classroom and no photos were taken of our creations. It was incredibly sad to be saying goodbye to everyone, but I know we have the best intentions of staying in touch, because the one thing I know, is that I am coming back to this country again one day and have a longer look. Though I have only been here a short time, I have felt at home here from the moment I stepped off the plane.
Thank you, Bevlea, for having me over to teach and taking a chance on someone you did not know. Thank you, Eva, for housing me, feeding me and dragging me around the country side (especially the opportunity shops and bird haunts) and for being as wonderful and down to earth as you are. Thank you everyone for your warm welcome, shared laughter, good humor and warmth. Thank you for the presents and most of all, for the friendship you offered a complete stranger, making me feel welcome in a strange land. You are all amazing and I had the experience of a lifetime. See you all again one of these days. XOXO Jan