Friday, June 12, 2015

Our new graduates leave a legacy

By Wendy Wagner
Level Two Three Student

I took you through my Level Two year, and it has quickly come to an end.

I would like to showcase those finishing their studies here. These students have always been gracious in sharing their thoughts and techniques. It is this environment of community that aids in our learning.

Because I know what it is like to be at the end of the alphabet, I'll start in reverse alphabetical order.

Here are the paintings of Level Four:

Barbara Zanelli, Surrendered Vulnerablility
Find more of Barb's work at
Barbara Zanelli

Mitsuno Reedy, Japanese Antiquity
Look up Mitsuno Reedy on Facebook.
Mitsuno Reedy

Judith St. Ledger-Roty, Birds in Flight II
Judith's website is
Judith St. Ledger-Roty
Rachel Pierson, Among Friends
Rachel Pierson
Christopher Nixon, Taniesha
See Chris' work at
Christopher Nixon

Carolyn Gabbe, The Kimono
Find her work at
Carolyn Gabbe

Shira Friedman, Still Life with Loose Tea
See Shira's work at
Shira Friedman

Daryl Burkhard, Johnny
Daryl Burkhard

Now, I'll share what I learned from them when they were student teachers in my Level One classes:

From Chris, I learned aspects of color study in spring that didn't sink in until October, but then I got it!
Watching Shira, I noticed how often she steps back. I need to do that more often.
Daryl reminded us to have fun, which is so important when you are stressing over your progress.
Carolyn showed us her early work when we were frantic level ones. The encouragement was very helpful.
Rachel would come in on Mondays and offer tips with the figure when we were stuck.
Mitsuno shared that, sometimes, if you try too hard to get a good result, you won't let it flow through you. Don't block the flow.
And Barb is such good energy, I always feel better after speaking to her, be it about art or healthy living.

Best of luck to all - I look forward to seeing more inspiring art from you in the future.

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