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Why do I teach the way that I do?

I received a comment on my Facebook Fan page today where a person said....

Are these all paintings by one person? Or,are several people copying one person's work?......learning a technique is great.....but why not apply it to something of your own? I would hate a class like this!!! Carol 

It was an interesting comment and I am sure many of you may wonder about it, so here was my response. 

Hi Carol,
Thank you for your comment and the opportunity to address this. The point of working on the same painting is to learn about the techniques and how to apply them .... (that is why most people take workshops). The techniques may look simple but never are (as my students can tell you). We spend time going over students reference material and how make more powerful and intriguing compositions and they are always encouraged to do their own composition, but most often don't (perhaps 1% will choose to do something on their own) and if they do, they usually regret that they didn't work on the same class composition. Students definitely will learn more working on the same painting and truly understand my painting style instead falling back into their usual habits...and as my students always say, they can always do that at home. 

I hope that helps explain my particular teaching style, I know it is unique and from the many successful students I have had, I know that it works. Students have gone on to win awards and have been accepted into galleries and always are telling me how much my workshops have helped them with their painting abilities, career and as an artist. I would actually be quite happy staying at home painting in my own studio, getting ready for galley shows, competitions, writing books creating new dvd's etc. but it is really hard to beat the smile on someones face when they have been able to break through and artist block to another level and find their inspiration again. 


  1. I've never taken your class, (will some day). And I appreciate the way you teach. We students are learning, not producing the greatest painting ever. We all have our goals and we all can produce lots of work of our own. This is about learning a technique that can be incorporated to our own styles.

    1. Thank you Beth, I do hope to met you one day - until then - Happy Painting and have FUN

  2. Well put and thank you for sharing your gift with us.

  3. Carol, I have attended two of Birgit's workshops and the way she teaches is extremely effective. I was able to go home and replicate the techniques on my own paintings. It was by working on the same painting as Birgit that I could really see if I had full understanding of her techniques.

  4. Birgit, I am so happy to find out how you teach your workshops, because I do the same thing in my own watercolor workshops; and for the exact same reasons.

  5. I did this painting of my own photo and composition after taking a workshop from Birgit

    1. Hi Marilyn the image did not come through you can resend it - thanks

  6. I have not taken a One to one class as I have obligations at home. She has an amazing way of teaching though CDs that you can purchase though this site or her EBay moniker. I have watched at her videos and have learned a great deal. Thanks!


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