Friday, January 22, 2016

Day Four in Level Three of the Advanced Fine Art Program

by Wendy Wagner
Level Three student

Advancing through the semester, welcome to Thursday's class - though, it is actually taught twice weekly. On Tuesdays, we are led by Lea Colie Wight, on Thursdays, our instructor is JaFang Lu.

Disclaimer: Let me start by saying this is not a biased post. Before enrolling as a full-time student, I took charcoal drawing with JaFang through the school's Continuing Education program, and loved it. She is an amazing teacher, and one day a week was not enough. Flash forward a few years, and now I attend full time.

8:00 a.m. It's cold  in Philadelphia. The thermometer reads 29 degrees, as I arrive at school.
This is my view (sans model)

8:30 a.m. Today is my day to monitor the class, so I set up the model stand with help from classmate Kathleen Moore. Since our class has 12 students, we have two models. It's wonderful to have lots of space around the model stand.

9:00 a.m. Class begins with a warm-up gestures consisting of four five-minute poses.

9:26 a.m. We are on day three of this seven-day pose. What I appreciate about this class is that the instructor adjust it based on individual needs.

In other words, it is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Students are working on individual weaknesses, at the same time. The teachers guide us based on how we are progressing. If you need more time in a particular area, you take the time to work it out.

At times, they will demo on our work. Other times they make a small color note. Or maybe they will paint alongside us, calling the class to watch when necessary. Whatever it takes to forge ahead.

JaFang has this wonderful ability to show you how little you know. You may think you have pushed your color relationships, and she will come by, adjust a note to show you how it could really be. Sigh.

3:45 p.m. Class is over.

I snapped some pics so you can see how we are advancing. We have four days left to build the final painting. Taken with my iPhone, they are not in the best light, but you get the idea.
Progress of Level Three students

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