Hui-Ling believes that drawing and painting is a
human instinct. All children make noises with their mouths and make
marks with their fingers. Later they scribble with pencils and brushes.
Some go on enjoying drawing and painting for a lifetime, while some
stop because they are not given the teaching they need.
During weekdays, Hui-Ling gives drawing and painting lessons in her
home studio. Each beginner is taught the basic and easy-to-learn techniques
of realistic drawing. They are exposed to different media and are
gradually led into different subject matter. In a very short time,
students learn to paint watercolor landscapes and pastel portraits.
This process of learning to paint expands the students' capacity to
see and intensifies their enjoyment of looking in their daily lives.
Each student is encouraged to find his/her personal style and direction.
Some of them go on experimenting with acrylic and oil paints, exploring
abstract, non-figurative painting. They appreciate their own individuality
and earn the respect of their fellow students.
There are morning, afternoon and evening classes. If you are a beginner,
Hui-Ling will lead you into the wonderful world of drawing and painting.
If you are an experienced painter already, Hui-Ling will help you
find your own direction and widen your realm of expression. You can also join a group of artists to paint out of doors or in a local museum or gallery.
You Too Can Discover Your Artistic Side
written by Julia Newton
When one of the students at Hui-Ling Mavroidis's art class first joined
the group, she threw down a challenge: if you can get me to paint
then anyone can do it! A year later, she's producing wonderful watercolours.
Every Friday morning, you can hear the silence as a small group of
like-minded ladies work on their pastels, watercolours and ink drawings.
Everyone learns and builds on the same series of techniques; starting
with a pencil sketch of a flower, moving on to coloured pencils, life-like
pastel drawings of fruit and vegetables, watercolour tulips and sunflowers
and landscapes from photos or real life. We learn about texture, shading,
background, negative space and how to paint transparent objects.
The trick is to 'see' the object with the right brain, not as a flower
or a leaf but merely a shape. Using a frame for guidance, we record
the shape onto paper, then go on to add colour and shading. Hui-Ling
tends to our creature comforts with coffee and cakes, while we concentrate
on developing our works of art. After the usual exchange of moans
about the weather, the kids' health and even, heaven forbid, a less
than sympathetic husband or teacher, silence descends and you could
hear a pin drop. The three hours go by so quickly, with Hui-Ling helping
us through those moments of panic when we feel like giving up, and
at the end of the morning, we have produced a colourful array of creditable
or even beautiful works.
After less than a year, we were designing and printing our own Christmas
cards, transforming our favourite view into a watercolour landscape
and recreating glass jugs, shiny spoons and ornate vases into life-like
ink drawings or delicate paintings. Not only is art in the Mavroidis
school rewarding, it also creates an oasis of calm in the hectic week
and has even proved to lower the blood pressure!
With our teacher's words of encouragement, 'Very nice; now add more
texture like this', we can all produce a piece to be proud of, even
one which will impress the family. And if doubt sets in, as it frequently
does, we may remember these words by Robert Hughes, 'The greater the
artist, the greater the doubt; perfect confidence is granted to the
less talented as a consolation prize'. So through uncertainty, we
can all aspire to greatness.
Hui-Ling's classes, which also cover more advanced techniques such
as oil and acrylic paints, take place at her Rueschlikon studio on
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Get in touch now for
a weekly dose of art therapy.
Beginners' Course Plan|
Session 1 - Pencil Drawing of Flowers and Leaves
We will learn about the shift of thoughts from the left to the right
side of the brain, and what/how to see while drawing. Learning how
to use the "viewfinder" awareness of somposition on page.
Detailed instruction on the use of pencils and the shading of various
Session 2 - Ink Drawing of Man-made Object
We will learn to see and draw the "negative space", the
techniques of sighting, use of ink, the importance of composition,
and the innovative use of geometric forms.
3 - Pastel Painting of Fruits and Vegetables
We will learn about the nature of colours, the techniques of creating
a three-dimentional form with pastels, how to mix colours and the
nature of shadows.
Session 4 - Self Portrait Using
We'll learn to see and draw the various parts of the face in proportional
relation to one another as well as the whole of the face.
Session 5 - Watercolour Painting of a Plant
We'll learn the techniques and joy of using watercolour, while becoming
familiar with the "wet on wet" and "wet on dry"
Session 6 - Portrait using Pastels
We'll paint the profile of a fellow artist using pastels. Light and
shadow will be emphasized, as will be an understanding of the bone
and muscle structure under the skin that gives form to the head and
Session 7 - Painting of a Seashell
using a Combination of Pastels and Watercolour
We'll be learning how to make a detailed rendering of natural forms.
The goal will be capturing the essence of the textures and shapes.
Session 8 - Mixed Media Painting of Transparent
or Metal man-made Objects
We'll be learning how to render varying surfaces, in particular in
terms of shadow and reflecting light quality.
9 - Landscape using Watercolour
We will indulge in the rendering of our favourite natural landscapes
using one of the most versatile mediums for this aim.
10 - Self-defined Projects, or Abstract Painting Combining all Techniques
The goal of this last project is to find one's favourite form of self-expression,
and to put to work all the knowledge of drawing and painting thus