Thursday, January 14, 2016

Announcing my Online Mentoring Program for 2016

This program will be limited to 12 students at a time.  
Free book, "Ideas for the Landscape Painter" included.
$250 Per Month /  Click to Sign Up

Hello and welcome to my mentoring program for landscape painters.  I’ve been teaching workshops for over 10 years - both studio and plein air.  During that time I have not only helped other artists learn how to improve their art, but I’ve also learned how to become a more effective teacher.  One of my biggest frustrations of teaching workshops is that after the workshop is over there are no guarantees that I will be able to keep in touch with each student to see how their work has improved and if they need additional help.  Often I see a student again, but perhaps a year has passed.  Some have improved a lot, and some students admit to not working much since the last workshop.  The only way to truly make a noticeable improvement in ones work is by painting on a regular basis.  I would love to teach a class that meets once or twice a week, but I live in a small town in Kansas and many of my workshop students live 2 or more hours away, even from out-of-state.  It’s not reasonable to think that they would travel to my studio each week.

That’s why I have decided to focus my teaching energy toward an online mentoring program this year.  These classes are set up as weekly, in-depth lessons that will make you a better painter by breaking down the process into smaller steps.  Instead of throwing everything at you at once because we only have 3 or 5 days, we focus each week on one aspect - line, values, composition, light, color, brush work, etc.  Yes a certain amount of patience is necessary because we won’t just dive in and paint.  But all of these steps are important.  They are what I believe in and they are what works.  I am not much of a sports enthusiast, but I have become a runner.  I’ve completed several half-marathons and would never dream of showing up at a race having never practiced.  Instead I follow a plan that adds miles to my practices each week until I build up to running 13.1 miles.  Building upon what we’ve learned previously is what routine practice is all about.  Same for musicians, actors, and yes artists!

Other advantages of this online mentoring program is that you can work in your own studio and at your own pace.  There are also no travel expenses.  If you have taken a few workshops, you’ve probably already figured out that the travel expenses are often greater than the workshop itself.

So what can you expect each week?

•   A video demonstration for each lesson that will range from 45 minutes up to 1 1/2 hours
    depending on topic.  The video will explain and demonstrate the lesson’s goals.  These videos
    will be sent to you by email each Tuesday by 6pm CST, and can be downloaded to your
    computer so that you can refer to them when you’re ready.
•   A written explanation of the lesson plan that you can quickly refer to while practicing.
•   A personal critique of your artwork and weekly lesson with suggestions for improvement. 
    Submit each completed lesson on the following Tuesday by email.  The critique will be returned
    by email by Thursday at 9pm CST.
•   A full outline of the course’s lesson plans will be provided at the beginning of the program.  It
    will include lessons on line, composition, value, temperature of color, intensity of color,
    brushwork and edges, creating atmosphere, types of light, and more.  We will also add goal setting 
    later in the program.
•   Each student receives a free copy of my book, "Ideas for the Landscape Painter."

Who can participate in the class?
You can participate in the class if you:
•    Have basic drawing and painting knowledge.  Even beginners can participate in this class as 
     we will go through ideas step-by-step and it’s on an individual basis.
•    Work in oil, pastel, or acrylic media.
•    Can carve out a consistent amount of time during the week for painting.
•    Have an internet connection and computer capable of opening and playing lengthy videos.
•    Have an email program and address to send and receive images for critiquing.
•    Have a digital camera or smart phone with HDR capable of taking a photo at least 2400 pixels
      on the longest side (8 inches wide at 300 dpi).

How do you sign up?
The online mentoring program is paid for on a month to month basis.  The fee is $250.00 per month and includes weekly lessons and critiques.  You may start at the beginning of any month as long as there is room in the program.  All you need to do is send me an email or call indicating you would like to start and I will send you an invoice.  A Paypal invoice will be sent out by the 20th of the month and is due on the 1st of the following month.  You can pay through Paypal or by check.  You can end your mentoring program at any time.

After paying for the first month, I will send you a list of suggested supplies, tips for taking good photographs, and ideas that will help you set up for a successful lesson.

Once you have paid for a month, the videos and lessons can be downloaded to your computer so they will always be available to you.  Each lesson is emailed to you by Tuesday 6pm CST each week.  If you are out of town or can’t get to a computer for a few days, you will still have the lesson and can start it once you are ready.  I know that life happens.  I have weeks where I travel and can’t get as much painting in.  I try to make up for this by spending more time painting in the studio the following week.  Don’t worry, I will work with you to make sure you can stay on track!

This program will be limited to 12 students at a time.
Free book, "Ideas for the Landscape Painter" included.
$250 Per Month / Click to Sign Up