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Teaching artist Marilynne Bradley encourages her students to see things in a new way


Part of the Vitality Arts Special Report

Editor’s Note: In May 2019, Next Avenue featured a story about St. Louis artist Marilynne Bradley and her work as a teaching artist. The photos were taken by former St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer Karen Elshout, and there were many more than we had space to show. Here are some additional images featuring Bradley at work teaching students at The Green Door Art Gallery in Webster Groves, Mo.

As a teaching artist, Bradley says, “I try to reach each person, get them to relate, teach them how to see.”
As a teaching artist, Bradley says, “I try to reach each person, get them to relate, teach them how to see.”

 

“Each week, I present two examples on a theme: one painted the traditional way and one rendered in a simpler way, and I specify techniques that will make all the students successful.”
“Each week, I present two examples on a theme: one painted the traditional way and one rendered in a simpler way, and I specify techniques that will make all the students successful.”

 

In the “Wet and Wild Watercolors” class, Bradley offers suggestions, as well as encouragement, to her students on how they can begin to create art.
In the “Wet and Wild Watercolors” class, Bradley offers suggestions, as well as encouragement, to her students on how they can begin to create art.

 

A longtime teacher, Bradley has led classes and workshops at art institutes, galleries, watercolor societies and other venues. Some of her students have become artists in their own right, and some have become art teachers, too.
A longtime teacher, Bradley has led classes and workshops at art institutes, galleries, watercolor societies and other venues. Some of her students have become artists in their own right, and some have become art teachers, too.

 

Of the dedicated space for creating art in her home, Bradley says, “Actually, my whole house is a studio. I paint too much!”
Of the dedicated space for creating art in her home, Bradley says, “Actually, my whole house is a studio. I paint too much!”
By Patricia Corrigan
Patricia Corrigan is a professional journalist, with decades of experience as a reporter and columnist at a metropolitan daily newspaper, and a book author. She now enjoys a lively freelance career, writing for numerous print and on-line publications. Read more from Patricia on her blog.

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