Sunday, March 11, 2012

Painting Prada: Still Life Of Shoes Engage Students At The Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon, CT

Paul Iezzi Teaches Painting At The Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon, CT

I popped into a class held at The Farmington Valley Art's Center on Saturday to find a really exciting still life set up of SHOES. Actually it was a collection of all kinds of footwear including high heels and sneakers, new and old.

Not Your Usual Still Life

Now usually when you take a painting class, the instructor sets up a still life of a  vase with flowers,  or a bowl with fruit...the usual objects that we  associate. still life pictures with. But not this class and not this abstract inspired popular teacher, Paul Iezzi.

Meet Paul Iezzi, A Popular Connecticut Artist And Teacher

Paul, a very accomplished painter who works in all media and styles brings a funky edge to his classes. The students enjoy Paul's creative and laid back approach to learning about painting. Although a quiet presence in the classroom, Paul's coaching motivates student's to expand their skill level and experiment with new approaches to oil, acrylic and mixed media painting. After all, you  can learn about foreground and background with daffodils just as easy as with Prada shoes. And if color is the lesson of the day, why not try to compose a painting with red and white shoes instead of  lilac and pink carnations.

Painting Shoes Is A Fun Way To Learn About Color, Design And Composition

Using SHOES as the subject of a still  life painting also allows the painter  plenty of room to experiment with a variety of styles and designs. You can paint what you see or exaggerate the size, color and elements of the composition. I really enjoyed looking over the student's shoulder to see how each student made their painting their very own!

To take a class at The Farmington Valley Arts Center contact Jim Brunelle at

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