Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The ‘Art’ of speech craft. Report on Rivella Lewis’s Art Workshop – By Ursula Beatty

What has art got to do with Speech craft and toastmasters training? You may well ask.

Apart from providing fodder for a speech, it can also help with the creation of the speech itself.

A picture paints a thousand words’ or so the saying goes.

As toastmasters, and speech writers, we have to learn to use vivid word pictures to describe characters, events and to capture  scenes,  which help bring our stories and speeches to life.

Anything which helps to increase your observation and perception skills,  with greater attention to detail will enhance your descriptive skills and thus your creative writing and speech craft.

What better way to do this than with an art class!

On Saturday, 17th June 2017, Experienced toastmaster and Artist, Rivella Lewis gave an art class for our club members and friends.

Hosted by Christine Lennon, at her home in the Nerang Hinterland, we sat around the  dining table with our canvas and  selection of brushes and Acrylic paints ready, as we followed Rivella’s expert tuition.

 First, some background on our teacher: Rivella.

I am 76 and have been painting all my life. I am mainly self- taught, but did have lessons in Chinese Brush Painting in Penang, Malaysia. Also, lessons in Portrait Painting, Watercolours and Life sketching in Florence, Italy.

I have been teaching for the last 40 or so years and many of my students (both adults and children) have become artists in their own right; many going on to win awards for their art.

I paint several different styles myself using mixed media and I teach technique, how to use brushes, how to do strokes and how to apply the paint, whether it be watercolour, acrylic or oil. I also teach pencil sketching.”

Today’s workshop was on ‘Traditional landscape in Acrylic’, with a focus on sea scapes.

We learned how to prepare the paints and how to apply it using round and flat brushes of various sizes to create the desired effect. It was all free hand– no drawing or practicing the scene with pencil to get all the detail correct, before applying the paint! If you made a mistake, Rivella showed us some of her ‘miracle’ correction techniques. 

I liked it, even though I know I won’t be a Rembrandt anytime soon! I liked Rivella’s teaching methods and how she brought our attention to the detail of the painting and what to look for when painting a landscape or any other details in it.

The final result of the participants art work was pretty good for a 1st effort. We all enjoyed it and felt the workshop was worthwhile.

Thanks for yesterday. it was a great morning. Murray was so impressed with our paintings that he wants to be a part of the next one!  So there you go Rivella. All credit to you as a Teacher. We will have to make a firm date for the next one.”  Christine
Then later Christine added:
Murray keeps on picking up my painting and saying I can't believe it is so good. I would be really proud of that. I expected you all to just have blobs of paint and everyone's paintings were great. He really was inspired and genuinely wants to be part of the next workshop! Personally,  I didn't think my painting was that great!!” Christine (The self confessed perfectionist)
Rivella and budding artist, Christine 

Julie Anne and Rebecca. 
The proud students and the finished artwork!



Rivella and her finished masterpiece.  

So, it seems this art morning was a great success. Thank you Rivella for your time and your teaching and to all the 'students' who participated in the class, as well as the observers. Thanks to Christine and Murray for being great hosts and to everyone who contributed to the delectable morning tea. (Vegan chocolate caramel slice, Cheese scones, banana and blueberry Cake, Fruit etc.) 

If anyone is interested in art classes with Rivella, she can be contacted directly (google Rivella Lewis.)

Our Club will also be holding a follow up class soon.

Would you like to give your inner artist a good workout?  And at the same time, enhance your observation skills which will ultimately help to 'paint' vivid word pictures in your writing and speech craft. 

If so, let us know and, please feel free to leave your comments below.

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