I got to lead a hands-on workshop for some students today. It is a joy to be able to share my workflow and process of preparing a concept to paint as a pictable and then seeing them apply some of the same techniques in creating their own paintings. I walk them through some practice exercises that get them to think in the conceptual realm.
Once they get the hang of it and able to think conceptually, I have them sketch out some ideas that are more personal to them. Finally they get to take one concept that they created and paint it on their own canvas.
There were so many light bulbs going off throughout the room as they began to grasp the new way of thinking. The energy is always electric and contagious. No matter what level of capability, they all came out of the workshop with a new tool to use in the future.