Joined SDP: 1992
Started Teaching: 1992
Margit Hartl is the next teacher in our “Meet the Teachers” series. Margit grew up in a small town in Germany where great value was placed on a child’s need to receive a well-rounded education. Margit and her fellow students enjoyed monthly field trips to the nearby city. The field trips acquainted Margit with an abundance of art, including ballets, concerts, operas and museums. She was fascinated by the artwork she saw, and took notes throughout each trip to help her complete the homework assignment about her experience. Margit’s teacher took an interest in her notes: specifically, her sketches of the artwork. Margit’s teacher asked her to start drawing pictures on the blackboard for student lessons; Margit agreed. Even though it was double the work for her, Margit loved every moment of it and attributes it to the start of her art career.
What do you love most about painting?
Painting helps me treasure life’s best moments. Painting enables me to recreate these special moments on canvas so they can live forever. The power of that realism is the most rewarding.
What do you love most about teaching?
I love to see the delight in someone else’s eyes when they learn a new painting technique. My home studio is a place of learning, laughing and sharing; put simply, it’s a place of good fellowship to many students and friends over the year.
What value would you place on attending classes offered at live conferences such as the SDP Conference?
For me, conferences provide an inside view of the art form of decorative painting. Students of all skill levels can learn the fine art through a conference teacher’s live step-by-step instructions. I followed my favorite teachers from conference to conference for 10 years to learn as much as possible before I was comfortable to teach others. Also, like many art teachers, I am always on the lookout for something new; I will never NOT enjoy being a student.
What are the top takeaways that students will learn by taking your class?
I try hard to design ideas that students will understand and be able to paint on canvas. Also, I try to incorporate many different facets of decorative painting so students can learn the variety of the art form. My goal is to help students unlock their unique interests and mysteries of painting techniques.
When you’re not painting or teaching, what can we find you doing?
My husband and I enjoy long nature walks. In the spring, summer and autumn, I enjoy a daily dip into the Atlantic Ocean. Also, I enjoy sunbathing, shopping, entertaining, cooking, knitting sweaters and scarfs for my grandchildren, traveling, writing, reading, admiring boats and the sea, and even helping my husband catch fish for dinner.
Margit will be teaching the following classes at the SDP Conference & Expo taking place in St. Charles, Illinois from May 11-16, 2015. Online registration closes on April 24, 2015. REGISTER TODAY to secure your spot!
Coming up next week on “Meet the Teachers”…meet Judy Ribitch: Judy’s parents discouraged her interest in art when she was a child. Yet, she never lost sight of her interest and finally explored it when she became a mother.