Sunday, March 30, 2008

Student's Work

I am just so proud of all the hard work my 21 students did Thursday and Friday. They had a lot of information to take in and did a grand job! These are little 4 x 6" studies that they did as complete compositions at the end of the second day. Each student did four pieces during the time allotted and then chose two for us to put up on the wall to critique.

I think the students get the most out of critiques. All too often we don't have anyone to turn to to give us an honest critique. A critique isn't about if you like a piece or not or if it is good or not...but I like to name what is happening in the piece of work itself...what is the color scheme, what are the elements doing, is there repetition, is there unity, is there a focal point, is there contrast, etc.

And of course, I am quick to tell everyone that for every art "rule" someone has successfully broken it. But, bottom line, we need to have an idea of what it is that we are doing. Understanding composition, and the elements and principles of design are about problem solving. If something isn't working in our piece, how can we solve that problem?

So, here they are....

I think that there are so many delightful compositions in this group! I do hope that some will become actual quilts. The pieces are a little "rough" as we are just cutting out scrapes of fabric and then gluing them down so nothing is finished.

Now, on to getting some of my stuff taken care of, like my taxes and my dad's taxes. Then, maybe I can do some art work. I did spend time on the plane and in my hotel doing small compositions so I have tons of ideas. I also need to spend time ironing on fusing as I want to start doing some work that I have been doing, a little larger. Also, three big boxes of unprimed stretched canvas arrived while I was gone. Oh Boy!

And a note about blogging and readers. Yesterday I had over 200 people come by my one even said hi! After a long time of wondering if anyone every sees what I do or write, I got a site monitor and now I am actually amazed to see where all the people come from and that there are actually people out there reading!


Lora Martin said...

Hi Liz,
I stop by all the time! I'll try to leave comments more often.
Love the student work and your descriptions of the class as it has gone along. I am looking forward to May when I am registered to take a class with you at Out of Hands and Heart retreat in May. This morning I am going to go try to track down my supply list....
All best,

Anonymous said...

Hi L

I read you all the time and love your blog. your students must be very talented or you must bring out the best in them as the work is good

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Mary said...

Hi Liz,

I'm a long-time lurker. I read every post, but through my Attensa RSS reader so I'm not even sure if the sitemeter picks it up! There may be hundreds more of us :-)

Deborah Babin said...

Liz-Your students are creating wonderful art! You must be a great instructor. Sincerely, Debbie Babin

Unknown said...

Yes, yes, yes, we are reading! And there is much to be gleaned from your blog, so please keep posting! (and thanks so much for taking the time to do it!)

Anonymous said...

Hi Liz: I am a longtime lurker also. I admire your work from afar. Keep writing, I really enjoy your blog!

Anonymous said...

Hi Liz, Judy turned me on to your blog a couple of months ago and it's been saved as a "favorite" ever since. What a treat to see the Bayberry work photos posted! The workshop was great - so informative and invigorating. I whole-heartedly agree with your critique sentiments. I've never had feedback except from friends who like and admire, no constructive comments from someone who knows and can explain what's working and what's not - and challenging further exploration. It was so valuable. Thank you. Thank you! Marianne

Linda Cline said...

Hi Liz,
I love your work, and check your blog every few days to see if you have anything new to share. I love the black thread on your latest pieces. It looks very bold and decisive, a bit like pen & ink with watercolor.

Jan said...

Hi! I just found your blog from the post on In a Minute Ago. I have certainly heard of you before and admired your work. I am going to enjoy reading back through your interesting looking blog. Thanks for having it.
Jan in Oregon

Anonymous said...

Hi Liz I stop by at least once a week . I love see how you work, how things progress. Thank you for sharing I know blogging takes time (it would take me forever ,I can hardly write a comment!)
Liz H