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66. New Watercolor Classes for Beginning and Intermediate Level in the Fall 2020

Now, it is easy for new comers to join my classes. Before the covid, all students in my botanical art program were local and continuously studying with me for a long period of time. We communicated with each other in person and there was no need for me to list the detailed class plans on my website. Now, that's changing. More and more people from different states and countries (despite of the time difference) have joined lately. So, I made the class format a series or a project so that people can join the topics they like.  To read about them directly, please visit my website,✓ Two upcoming classes in Beginning and Intermediated LevelBeginning Level Watercolor, SaturdaysSeries 4: Painting Black-eyed Susan (Sep. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 10 am - 1 pm, CT, USA) 
Series 5: Painting Milkweed Seedpods (Oct 10, 24, 31 & Nov. 7, 10 am - 1 pm, CT, USA)Intermediate Level Watercolor, TuesdaysFall Project 1: Yellow Composite Flowers from the Prairie (Sep. 8, 15, 22 & 29…

65. New in July: Zoom Special: Botanical Watercolor Troubleshooting

Painting is a meditative activity to me. I immerse myself into the whole painting process and become one with my tools. Since I teach, however, I force myself to be awaken to sort out which parts need to be noticed to point out to my students in the class. That has lead me to have a list of certain painting techniques that are commonly troublesome to my students.

With the current pandemic situation, all my local classes are converted to online instruction and we feel grateful to continue our weekly botanical art classes without interruption. I even start the class 20 minutes earlier to have some fun chat time to secure full 'art time'. We miss the in-person classes, of course, but the virtual connection with our painting buddies has been blessing amid the isolation time. On top of that, thanks goodness, my students find the instructions presented on their personal computer screens are clear, and much more effective than they expected. Now, they are asking to continue the Zo…

64. Going Online: My Classes via Zoom Meeting During COVID-19 Pandemic

When we meet sudden obstacles, we find a way to resolve them. My classes were always face-to-face lessons with lots of demonstrations, and I thought online lessons would be less effective. Due to the total lock down of all gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, however, I decided to direct my classes to online platform from April. For three weeks, I have added/changed/evaluated the class contents in order to make them more effective in the new platform. The result? Surprisingly satisfactory!
The best part of my Zoom class is the clarity and verstility of the presentations/slides. I used to use a projector on big sceen or plasma TV screen which are still not very sharp in comparison to computer monitors. Now, directly on each participant's computer screen, they can see all images upclose in details along with my explanations, zoomed in and out. It is fantastic and my students love it! 
Now, there is one less nicer side: students miss my demonstrations. To make up this very impo…