EMERITUS COLLEGE - SPRING
#9724 - 9a-11:50a Wed.
ITINERARY - Plein Aire Watercolor class - Susan Weinberg
This spring semester we will be using sites in
the Marina, primarily along Admiralty Way,
I did some fabric for the owner many years ago,
and although the restaurant has changed hands, they are anxious for us to come.
In fact, there is a possibility that they will hang and/or buy paintings
done on their site. It is an
unusual restaurant, and I would invite you to check it out, even before we meet
there. I would like to go back time
and time again.
The site consists of a rustic, island type
restaurant with bridges, waterways, fish, tropical plantings, and it is right on
the water where the boats are. I
know you will love it.
The second site that interests me very much is
in and around Mother's Beach. Most
of you have never heard of this site, and the truth is that very soon there will
be hotels built on the site. Right
now we have access through the Jamaica Bay Inn which has free parking for us.
The site contains an inland beach, the boats, skiff storage, restaurants,
a covered patio and walkway and barbeque area.
It is near the Marina Fitness Center which I used to go to, and I
remember that at times the water would be filled with floating jellyfish.
It is a beautiful site, and again, I know that you will love it.
It is near the Cheesecake Factory, Benihanas
and major hotels.
The third site is in and around Burton Chase
Park, including the Catalina Yacht Anchorage (which has yachts out of the
water), the Marina del Rey Hotel,
and possibly the new shopping center called the Waterside which now has a
fountain in the middle of a patio area surrounding Starbucks, Chico's, a great
ice cream place, and near California Pizza Kitchen.
We will have a critique at 9:00 every session,
and I encourage you to bring the
work done the previous week,whether finished or in process.
The critique will last from 9:00 to 9:45 only., and then you are free to
paint from 9:45 to 11:30. This method should work very well, and it will be exciting to
see the paintings done at these sites. I
encourage you to be on time for the most enjoyment of this group.
Looking forward to this Spring Semester.
I have spoken to everyone concerning what they
want in a site. I have gone for
free parking, bathrooms, something interesting to paint, all within the beach
area. I am not going to go to the
sites away from the beach, because that is what the other plein aire classes are
doing. If you want to go inland, I
would suggest that you sign up for some other class.
SUSAN WEINBERG - PLEIN AIRE PAINTING
Note to my Emeritus students - end of summer, 2006
This summer I chose sites that were the most interesting I could find in the Venice area. The parking was difficult, and the bathrooms were far away from the parking and/or the sites. I want to know from you - WAS IT WORTH IT?
I am now getting ready to prepare the itinerary for the
fall semester. I am trying to
please everybody, and, of course, that is impossible.
The best sites have difficult parking problems, and
oftentimes, the bathrooms are not there. I
have been scouting other locations with the proper amenities.
In order to get bathrooms especially, it almost means that we have to be in a public place, a restaurant, along the beach, or in and around businesses.
In the space below, please tell me the order of importance
in your mind concerning these issues.
bathrooms: --------------- close parking-------------------------
interesting sites ----------- sites you have used before -----------
Another issue that has been brought up is the STRUCTURE OF THE
CLASS. I have tried in the past to
have critiques, either at the beginning or the end of the session.
This seems always to create problems of one sort or another.
How do you feel about critiques?
critiques: beginning of the class ------------ end of the class-------------------
the following week --------------- 1st meeting of semester-----------
not important __________________
The second issue is that of DEMONSTRATIONS.
Different people have asked for different things.
Some people simply want a direction, some people want to watch me paint,
and some want a demonstration of some kind.
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
Demonstration of new techniques that I am working on----------------
My take on the site - the way I would approach it----------------------
Watching me paint------------------------------------------------------
Demonstrations not important - rather work with each individual
artist and help them at the stage where they are at.--------------------
students in the Emeritus "Plein Aire"painting class.
week marks the end of the fall semester of our class - #9725, Wednesday, 9:00
AM- l2:00 PM.
winter semester begins January 4, 2006, and runs for 4 weeks.
that, the spring semester will begin.
procedure at Emeritus is that you sign up, at the office on
and Wilshire for each series of classes - which means that you
sign up now for the winter semester.
has been very gratifying getting to know you and to see your work. Realizing that many of you have been together for a long
time, and some of you are new, it has been a challenge to figure out how to
approach this group of people so that all will feel
content with their own work, and also
feel that they are progressing in their own styles.
of the new people are struggling with developing a new style, and some of you
love what you are doing and want to continue on the road you have chosen.
I had certain ideas at the beginning of the semester that are changing as times change. What I am going to do is this:
will finish off this semester on the North side of the Pier, and then for the
winter session, we will meet there again, but fan out more - meaning - some of
you want to go up on the Pier, some will want to stay down by the water, some
will want to be under the Pier, and some will want to stay on or around the
Boardwalk. We should be able to accommodate all desires, and still remain in
eye-sight of each other.
in the spring semester, my plans are to seek out some new sites.
I have the itinerary from a number of past years, and hope that I can
come up with some places that are interesting, and perhaps new to you.
One of the main problems in picking a site is to find sites that are new
that have bathroom accommodations. If
you can do away with these accommodations, the options become more broad.
instance, I would love to have us meet on San Vicente, where those most gorgeous
of Australian coral trees are, and have everyone paint those trees .
They are all different, and quite interesting.
But - no bathroom.
area that I find fascinating is Sunset Blvd. - in between Westwood and Beverly
Hills. There is a center divider at
spots, and some beautiful houses and landscapes possible.
area would be the Marina, in various places: The Cheesecake Factory, the Fitness
Club which is near the boats, the Channel where the boats go in and out,
Mother's Beach, Grand Canal, the walk around Grand Canal, etc. etc. etc.
people have expressed a desire to paint inside the Merry-Go-Round, and I will
see what I can do about that.
problem with some of these sites is: no
back to the more mundane and simple - a perfect spot would be the park above the
Santa Monica Pier. There is enough
to paint, and the bathrooms are accessible. and the parking good.
The park is long, running from North to South, and I have painted quite a
few paintings from this park, some looking down at the houses and ocean from
speaking of up-high, the Hamills live up on a bluff, and have invited the class
to come to their home with a 180 degree view.
I am writing this letter to you in the hopes that you will give me some
feed-back. My main idea this
semester was to keep you on the Boardwalk and around this area for the whole
time. We can continue this way if
you would like, but I am getting the idea that you would like to experiment with
from now on, we will go to the agreed upon spot, and begin painting right away.
This is because it seems impossible for people to all arrive at the same
time, so instead of wasting time waiting for people, I think it would be better
to begin painting right away, and then break at ll:00 or ll:30 for a quick
critique, so that everyone can see what everyone else has painted.
This will also make it possible for those people who have to leave early
to do so, and also for those people who have to come late to do so.
anyone needs particular attention, I will be happy to meet with them privately
during the class to help them with their own particular problems.
This week I took Gladys into my studio to show her work I have done
concerning texture. As you know,
she is working on Plexiglas, and then using the plexi to make a monoprint.
I showed her different ways that I worked with materials and texture, and
suggested that she add different media to those she is already using.
in closing, please give me feedback concerning:
l. do you want to stay in the same spot for 2, 3 or 4 times?
2. do you want a different site every week?
3. can you deal with a site that has no bathroom?
4. any other suggestions?
Looking forward to the winter semester,
To my Emeritus students – past, present and future - regarding summer 2007 –
June 18-July 28
#9526 – 9a-11:50a Wed ITINERARY Watercolor Studio - Susan Weinberg
This summer the session will be quite short – 5 weeks only – one week off due to the
In the Emeritus Brochure, there is no mention of where the
first class will be held. Therefore,
I am writing this letter to advise you of what will be going on this summer.
We will meet each session in front of my studio on the
Boardwalk. My studio is located ON
the Boardwalk, directly in front of the Merry-go-Round and the Santa Monica Pier
1605 1/2 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica
Parking is available in the big lot directly to the north
of the Pier. There are also meters
available, and a pay lot on the corner of Appian Way and Seaside.
The north lot accepts disabled and senior passes, and the parking is free
in that case.
Up to this point I have been stressing “site specific”
paintings. This summer I want to
approach the painting a little bit different.
We will concentrate on ”hidden places”, or “precious moments”.
We will stay around my studio for the 5 week period.
The parking is good, my bathroom is available, food is available, and
there are plenty of places to paint.
We will meet in front of my studio at 9:00 and have a brief
discussion, possibly a “show and tell” of work done the previous week, and
then disperse to the painting locations. It
will be very helpful if you can be ON TIME’.
I know this is difficult for many of you, but it makes everything so much
easier all the way around.
For beginners it is possible for me to do more teaching
from my studio. My equipment is
available, as well as my library. I
know that there will be some people in the class who have NEVER PAINTED IN THEIR
LIFE. With these people, I will
teach them about paper, brushes, paints, and start them at the very beginning.
They might want to stay on my front patio, or the back patio, and get
into this “plein aire” painting gradually.
For the new people, let me say that we have a wonderful
group – very supportive and giving, You
will learn a lot from each and every one of them. Give yourself a chance to succeed, do not be too hard on
yourself, relax and enjoy. This is
a wonderful thing to be able to do – paint – especially as we get older.
I am never bored, and always have something to do.
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