"Forest View Near Barbizon", c. 1900
Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch (1824 - 1903)
48.5 × 64 cm (19.1 × 25.2 in) | oil on canvas
"I enjoy being taught by Thomas Jefferson Kitts in his “Ask an Artist” program. He is an excellent teacher -insightful and patient. He has inspired me to continue learning with an open and positive mind. I appreciate all the hard work he put into this program. It’s meant so much to me, since I have a full time job, responsibilities at home etc. and don’t have the time for full time classes. This method allows the student to take notes, have them recorded and really digest the material to move forward between sessions. I’m looking forward to my next class. I have a ways to go but at least I have some guidance now.
Above is a first-time mentoring session with Christopher B, offered to give you an idea of what online mentoring can be like. Christopher is largely a self-taught painter living in the Washington DC area. He has a great love for the French Barbizon School (c. 1825 - 1860) and he wants to focus on elements that defined that movement when he is painting en plein air.
And here is an impromptu mid-session tutorial on placing circles into perspective. One day, in the middle of a session about sketching for a painting, Jacqueline asked me how she could make her lilly pads lie down on the surface of her pond. Her question prompted a quick lesson on how to make circles sit into the picture plane. It also initiated some practical homework. The best thing about online mentoring is how you, the student, are able to redirect the conversation at any time...
EXCERPTS FROM ACTUAL SESSIONS:
(Edited for brevity | 20 minute runtime)