Monday, January 23, 2017
Today was the first day of my new art class at the Des Moines Art Center. This semester I am taking a beginning drawing class. This class was a work out! We started out making quick drawings which we worked on for just a minute each. From there we went to 5 minutes per drawing, and the last hour, we spent 15 minutes on each drawing. It was great exercise for both my brain and body.
Last semester I took a class called Art for the Curious. For that class we did something different each week. One week was ceramics, the next print making, mixed media, etc. I definitely would like to explore mixed media, ceramics, and jewelry making further. My print making and painting skills left a lot to be desired. Drawing is the basis for pretty much everything, so I decided to learn more and develop my skills in this area first. It is also the same instructor I had last semester. She is a great teacher.
Being able to spend my morning in an art class is one of the great benefits of being semi-retired. I still substitute teach, I still volunteer and tutor students, but I have time to take a class and learn things that I want to learn. That is a great privilege and I am definitely enjoying it!