A painting adventure with Ora Oz
‘Learning how to paint is a rare and creative adventure’, so promises Ora Oz at the start of each painting workshop to her students, amongst whom are experienced painters and complete beginners.
A search for light
Ora Oz paints landscapes, subjects from everyday life and scenes from the Jewish world which is part of her life. Her paintings represent clearly the search for the light of life. She teaches her unique approach in her painting classes.
Facing the canvas
For a non painter, the art of painting seems mysterious and unreachable, but when eventually the student faces the canvas and starts painting, he experiences a kind of ‘flow’ which is common to the art of painting and to real life. During the stages of learning and work, an identity is created between the painting and the painter, enabling emergence of repressed emotions and hidden skills.
Influence on inner harmony
The personal story of one of the students demonstrates the positive influence of painting studies. She started the course after coming back from living abroad for several years, where her lifestyle was accurate and organized, prone to stress. During the course she underwent an inner creative process through communication with colors.
At the beginning of her journey, the student separated colors with accent. She did not succeed to blur transitions from color to color and, after time and focused work, the student succeeded in creating soft transitions, pleasant to the eye. The change occurred also outside the painting classroom. She successfully removed her blocking limits and opened new doors in her life.
Lessons which are an experience
Learning painting is also an acquaintance with art, observation of proportion and color composition. The learning itself is a process of coping with creation and also with the sensations created by the challenges of the creation. This is a challenging and developing process, and the changes can be seen on the canvas. The end of the common process is a finished painting and the feelings of the painter upon concluding his work.
The sensation of creation and observation of the completed painting is sublime, for both experienced painters and students who applied their first paint layer on canvas, and the unique learning approach which leads the painting students through the search and development phases enables anyone to develop into a painter.
The light and harmony
We are all looking for light and harmony in our lives. This search is reflected on the canvas. As Ora Oz teaches in her classes, the painting technique is important, but not less important is the ability that the painting provides for a new outlook on the world.