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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Cruise to Scandinavia and Russia
The Little Mermaid- Copenhagen watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce
Amsterdam watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce
I've been preparing for another teaching cruise. This time we are going to Scandinavia and Russia. It takes a lot of work to get ready for one of these trips. I first research all the places we are going and look for pictures of the places we are visiting. Then I work up a watercolor and write down all the directions on how I did it. I type these up so that the students will have a cheat sheet. I will demo for them, but they may forget what to do first. They can refer to the sheet.
We are visiting Holland, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Estonia and Russia (St. Petersburg). I try to pick relatively simple things to paint. Most of the people that come to my class on the ship have never painted before. I want them to have fun painting, but I also want them to have a souvenir to take home so they will remember their trip. Here are the paintings they will be doing. Like last time, I will take pictures of what students do and put them up on the blog. It's incredible what people accomplish with no experience!
St. Petersburg, Russia by Jane McElvany Coonce
Tallin, Estonia watercolor by Jane McElvany Coonce