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I’ve taken in person workshop and this online class with Pam. I’ve been delighted with both formats. Pam is a conscientious teacher who genuinely wants to share her considerable knowledge with her students and she knows how to do that. It’s one thing to be a terrific artist, but to be a terrific teacher is a gift. Pam is adept at demonstrating her own process, mistakes and all. She skillfully describes what she doing and how she problem solves. It’s fabulous to see her drop into the zone when something is going well, or change something when it doesn’t meet her expectations. It’s encouraging to see an artist of her caliber go back into a painting she thought was finished to tackle it some more. She is positive and authentic both in life and in the videos. Part of what I’ve loved about her online class is how she manages to encourage both play and problem solving. Students are encouraged to freely express themselves in the early stages of a painting. Later, when you really need it, we’re taught how to assess our work, to value what we love and transform what we don’t into a cohesive and interesting painting. It’s so easy to feel stuck when a painting isn't going along as we hoped it would, or looks down right ugly. Pam provides a path that moves you forward when you might otherwise set the piece aside. The course changed how I approach my work. It is a thoughtful and well developed class. I’m grateful for the opportunity to participate
Powerful Design and Personal Color proved to be an exciting introduction to painting non objectively in the cold wax/oil medium. Pam took us through the step by step process of producing a painting and the questions to ask oneself when editing a painting. She brought out the best in students by using her left brained organizational skills to allow your right brained creativity the freedom to play. Although I have considered myself to be an artist for many years and taken many workshops and courses along the way, I would say that this course was the most comprehensive, from setting up your studio to finishing and mounting a piece. There is always something more to learn and different ways to approach a blank surface and I feel her methods make cold wax/oil approachable and fun. As a visual learner, the demonstrations were the most helpful and exciting and got my creative juices going. Her well developed flowchart of the 9 stages of creativity was well thought out and will continue to be a tool I’ll use as I produce my art. Simply reinforcing the importance of shape, value, line and color is always welcomed as we often forget to address one or more of these aspects in our work, and painting with her was such a joy. I recommend this course to any serious artist wanting to produce non objective, expressive art in cold wax/ oil medium.