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Pandemic Painting - Perspectives No. 404


Pandemic Painting

Perspectives No. 404

Photograph of John Hulsey doing a Zoom Painting Workshop


   We believe artists are perhaps some of the most adaptable humans on the planet. The recent upset of everything we knew put a fine point on this. Every artist/instructor we know lost their ability to meet with students and teach in person. Our galleries were closed and exhibition openings were cancelled. However, it will take more than an international pandemic to stop the great creative engine of the human spirit. That much we have seen.

   Many of the artist/instructors we know had new teaching venues and webinars up and running within the first weeks or month of the social and economic shutdown. While most of us already had an internet gallery or sales presence online, we found that setting up a professional teaching site which is truly interactive was another mountain to climb. We all grabbed the tools on hand, finding that the best platform for interactive online teaching for us turned out to be the same one the world has turned to for just about everything else - Zoom.

   We took things slower than some. There is always a learning curve, and we wanted our painting classes to be smooth, professional and fun. One area we were concerned about was class size. We found that, unlike live teaching, classes of ten or more students are just too large to give anyone significant personal time with their work. In effect, the presentation becomes a webinar, not an instruction environment. Nothing wrong with a webinar, but this is not the same quality of learning experience as a truly interactive class, where one can pose questions in real time to the instructor before, during and after the demonstration, and receive instruction while working on their painting.

   As a result of this research, we decided to keep our classes smaller. Students are all supplied with the same digital image as the one we paint from. We have three cameras going, one on us, one focused on our work on the easel, and a third camera pointing down at our palette. Everyone can see the colors being mixed and applied, just like a live class. Everyone can ask questions as the work develops and get immediate responses. After the demonstration, as students work on their own, each student can share their work in progress and receive helpful coaching in real time. Considering everything, the experience is remarkably good. Painting in the time of pandemic has required some major changes in the way we relate to each other. Creative adaptation is the way forward. Someday, we will see each other again in person. Until then, there’s Zoom. We hope to see you there.




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