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Studies in Art and Design has been a Game Changer for Me….Guest Blogger : Ellen Meents

June 18, 2019

Level 3 Studies in Art and Design – Exhibit – Class Name: Heliconia – Blog 5 and last in a series.

Studies in Art and Design has been a game changer for me.

One of the most beneficial things I learned was how to develop a concept beginning with design development then from there go on to decide on color, texture, and other techniques to complement and complete the design.

I learned to look at pictures from my travels or from nature to identify and develop lines I like, refining and allowing the process to change and evolve until I am happy with it.

A second take away for me was overcoming the dreaded “D” word.  I have always said I can not draw, I now say I can not draw (well), but rather than let this deter me I have learned there are ways to create art despite limited drawing skills.

Another huge area of growth for me was learning how to make use of my time.  Family, work, and necessary responsibilities can make it difficult to carve out time to be creative.  I like to create when I have a block of time to spend on the process.  This class forced me to re-evaluate and learn to use small increments of time versus no time to complete the necessary projects from class.  I also learned that it is ok to say yes to spending time taking care of myself when other responsibilities have left me with no energy to spare.

The past 2 ½ years have been full of growth and I look forward to continuing to use all that I have learned.  Remembering to look, always look, then look some more and the as Gail would say “let’s just have one more look”.

Read about new Level 3 Art and Design class to begin in Aug. 2019 – Class name Acacia.

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  1. Penny Peters permalink
    June 18, 2019 6:32 pm

    I am so glad you enjoyed exploring your creative spirit! I noticed too what I learned in Gail’s classes transferred over into other aspects of my life. Congratulations!

  2. June 19, 2019 10:15 am

    Great job Ellen! I have really enjoyed getting to know you and seeing your work progress. And yes, you can draw 🙂 I love all the layers in your work and I hope to see you again in one of Gail’s classes.

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