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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

North Island College painting course begins

On Tuesday I had my first class of North Island College Fine Arts 120: Painting - Colour and Perception.

Course description:
An introductory course intended to provide students with an overview of colour theories relating to design and fine art practices. Historical contexts and social and psychological implications will give the direction of study of the perception of colour in the visual arts of the 20th century. This class explores a variety of exercises from colour mixing to painting sessions with live models and still life subjects.

I started the homework today. We will be working with acrylic paint, and clearly these first exercises are to introduce us to the medium. We paint on painting paper provided by the college.

I painted 4 sheets of paper, two of them black, one grey, and left the other white. Three sheets have mark making of any kind, made with all sorts of materials.

When dry, I will use a view finder to cut out some shapes and mount those on another sheet. On a black sheet I will create a collage from the remaining pieces.

Then I need to create a grey scale of 2 inch squares and mount those on paper.

This course is going to keep me very busy!

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