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From traditional art classes to distance learning!

While attending art school waaaaaaaay back in the last century, computers and online learning were a thing never imagined by myself. My classes were held in a large, light, and airy studio. The smell of turpentine permeated the room. Students stood or sat, intent on portraying the gestures of the model in front of them. Learning to draw and paint in the creative physical environment provided motivation and inspiration. Interaction and critiques with my fellow students and teacher were integral to my learning experience.

Well, time certainly has flowed quickly by since those halcyon days. For a number of years, I've been searching for a local drawing class that could help me achieve a fresh and more expedient way of executing my detailed colored pencil work. Finding a class that suited my specific needs and one that also meshed with my busy schedule was impossible. Then, an "aha moment." Why not try an online course? Bingo!

I'm currently enrolled in an online class titled "Building Color that Works," offered by colored pencil expert, Bet Borgenson. The purpose of this class is to learn color-layering techniques that afford the artist more speed in completion of a piece and yet retain a high level of quality. So far, I've completed lesson #1 and am working on lesson #2. I'm very pleased with the teacher's knowledgeable and constructive feedback.

Once I learn how to post pictures, I'll periodically throw a sample or two up here so you folks can see my progress. I'm excited that my very first experience with a distance learning class is proving to be as inspiring and motivating as being in that art studio so many years ago.

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