Wow! An art lesson at the Saint Louis Art Museum was a unique opportunity and treat for my drawing students! As an art teacher my hope is that my students have fun while learning! So I arranged a visit to the Prints and Drawings Study Room. Visiting the Study Room was a rare occasion to get a close look at Master work dating back to the 1700's! From there we went on to the main galleries to create sketches from two Zorn portraits. We all had a blast!
17 works on paper were chosen from the Art Museum's collection. Many of the works were unframed, matted only, and amazingly, not under glass. Magnifying glasses were supplied for closer inspection of the beautiful marks and details!
St. Louis Art Museum
The Prints and Study Room
was a pure delight to us all!
We saw works from Ingres, Renoir, Childe Hassam, Berthe Morisot and others.
Beautiful pastel by Mary Cassatt
Pastel painting created in 1753 by Maurice Quentin de la Tour
Etching by Anders Zorn
Questions answered by the Study Room Manager, Heather Hughes, were so helpful!
From the Study Room we sketched from the Anders Zorn portraits.
We divided up between the Zorn portraits, Lucy Turner Joy and Halsey Cooley Ives. Mr Ives was the first director of the St. Louis Art Museum.
Sketching Lucy Turner Joy by Anders Zorn
To top it off we gathered for a delicious relaxing lunch at the Museum's Panorama Restaurant!
What a perfect day!
As an art instructor, it is my hope to share my excitement for drawing and to create fun learning experiences for my students.
We definitely will be visiting the museum again!
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Thought I'd share with you a little bit about how I approach my oil painting for a portrait. I like to start at the focal point, which for a portrait, is always the eyes.
Just as I approach my drawing by shapes, I tell my drawing students to notice shapes and to draw the shapes. In painting I do the same and attack the focal point the same way, looking for the color shapes.
(Please excuse the phone pics)
Apply the color shapes one next to the other. Where the color shapes meet, blend softly.
I paint wet-into-wet one section at a time.
It is helpful to lay in some color in the background that can be used to softly create "soft" or blurred edges while the paint is wet. Some edges should fade or gently blend into the value of the background.
Glazes are added to brighten the color of the cheeks, nose and ears. The middle part of the face has more color in it than the top or bottom the face.
The white of the eye is never white, only the highlight will be white.
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A constant love of mine, and an almost lost love, is oil painting, but I am happy to share with you now, that OIL is back in my repertoire and I am loving it!
This portrait commission painting was the catalyst to get my can in gear. Such an adorable face was my challenge! I was so taken by the quality of her soft, young, porcelain-like skin. I knew that achievement would be the goal as well as captivating those beautiful blue eyes.
You may be wondering why oil painting seemed almost lost. Well...when I started my professional painting career my art studio was directly off my bedroom. The problem was a practical one, using oils and turpentine or mineral spirits then - was quite smelly. There are much improved products available now.
So I went the watercolor route for my career, then followed by adding pastel painting. I have enjoyed teaching and sharing what I've learned in both watercolor and pastel.
Oil painting is once again in my studio and I've since added oil painting lessons to my classes offered. Learn more about my art class information page.
If you are interested in commissioning a portrait, call Marie, 314-409-7740. For more information on Marie's portraits check out the FAQ page below.
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