“Making art can feel dangerous and revealing. Making art is dangerous and revealing. Making art precipitates self-doubt, stirring deep waters that lay between what you know you should be, and what you fear you might be.”
– David Bayles, Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
This 4-week course focuses on depicting the human figure using watercolor. Using live videos, mirrors, and photographs, we will explore how to use this dynamic and fluid medium to depict the body in various techniques and forms. Ariel’s method of teaching combines classical teaching with improvisational play. Students will learn how to create loose gestures as well as focus on specific areas such as hands and faces. Prior experience in drawing will be advantageous but the instructor will also focus on figure drawing skills every class. Students will be expected to develop their own personal creative style while expanding their representational prowess.
Students will learn or improve on figure drawing skills through classical drawing methods. They will then be able to apply these skills to their watercolor practice. At the end of the course, they will have a series of finished pieces showing their knowledge of the human body as well as their own creativity!
Ariel will provide personal critiques at the beginning and end of class, students will share the “homework” and what we have been working during class. Students are highly encouraged to post images to my class to the dedicated Instagram account @arielwatercolors or sending the images directly to her email.
About the Instructor
Ariel Baron-Robbins has been teaching at the college level for over 10 years. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing and her Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has a personal relationship with watercolors as she learned how to paint with them at an early age. Her mother, Paula Temple (Professor Emeritus of Painting at the University of Mississippi) and Ariel would go on “exploring walks” with their paints and paper and create works outside. Ariel continued in her mother’s footsteps and became a Professor herself specializing in painting and drawing and progressing into videoart and photography.
Ariel is an Oolite Arts alumnus (2014-2016) and drawing, watercolor, and digital art instructor.