Today is the last day of classes at sea. I have met many interesting people with much hidden talent for art. Everyone has a story of one of their parents being artistic, but they just never tried, or some have followed in their footsteps, some have just been taking classes regularly aboard different cruise ships and have gained great skills and tips because each "art director" has had a different take on teaching the art class.
We get so concerned about having the right materials and right paper, or the right environment that we forget to let the creativity through first. My guests have been working at the dining room tables on the Queen Elizabeth, the lighting can be quite yellowish and maybe there is too much sun streaming through the windows, or maybe we have to try and move the furniture around, or the ship starts to rock and roll but the amazing thing is everyone focuses and suddenly none of it matters.
We started the trip with ideas that focused on the upcoming ports, then after 5 straight days of different ports, we started going back to some of the landscapes and atmospheres that were captured during those excursions. Guest started saying, " did you see that sunrise, did you notice the color from the buildings in Dubrovnik or the blue in the water ". They said, did you see a particular piece of art on level 8, stairway B, showing pen and ink. Did you notice the photos in the gallery that looked like the variegated sunset we did. Some guest had never observed oleander or a Passion flower, some were looking at complementary colours in an entirely new way.
One guest decided to try watercolours after many, many years of holding a disheartening memory of an early experience being taught in the medium. She said she couldn't understand why she felt so emotional after the end of the class and felt that she had broken a barrier that had limited her. That was a very emotional statement for me to hear.
Today, we will try a life drawing as one of the guest will be our clothed model. I don´t normally add this into my sessions, but it was requested and we will try it. I want them not to focus so much on the drawing, but trying to get a line and working with Watercolor to fill in the color, shadow and movement that is felt.
This afternoon will be an exhibition of everyone´s work. I can't wait to see the evidence of all the great progress that has been made! I had a wonderful time sharing the energy and ideas and I can't wait to see how they react to the display of all their work!