BOUNTIFUL — This classroom is surrounded by trees instead of walls.
These students use paintbrushes instead of pencils.
There is no test at the end. Instead, proof of what the students learn fills a canvas. Or two.
For Sandra Rast, the June workshop was something she’s prepared for through a lifetime of study and work.
For her students, many of whom are already experienced artists, the class was a chance to learn from an expert and to trade ideas and encouragement with others who share their passions.
For four days, they listened and learned and then practiced their art.
“This has been a dream of mine for many years,” said Rast. “This is not about creating a masterpiece, but about gaining knowledge, really learning and loving it.”
Rast prepared for the workshop by turning a two-acre yard near her home into an artist’s paradise, with tables full of flowers, fruits and pottery for still-lifes, a chicken coop – complete with chickens and a classic shed – painted in complementary colors, and a back patio turned European bistro.
In those surroundings, she shared her insights on value, color temperature, line and other principles.
Rast’s work is shown in galleries around the country and is familiar to art aficionados locally.
One lesson Rast hopes students will learn is to “keep painting – you can’t wait for anybody to come, you have to go and prove yourself.”
Stephen Chamberlain, a full-time artist, called the workshop “off the charts,” and said it far exceeded his expectations.
Others independently used the word “fabulous” in describing the course.
Some participants benefited in other ways from the workshop. During its first three days, four paintings were sold.