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“Meet the Teachers” Blog Series: Meet Margit Hartl

Margit Hartl
Joined SDP: 1992
Started Teaching: 1992

margithartlMargit 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!

ROSES IN MINIATURE – GLASS PAINT

CLIMBING CLEMATIS – FABRIC PAINT/INK EFFECTS

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.

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Hurry! Classes are filling quickly for the SDP 43rd Annual Conference & Expo


2015-conference-art_email_smRegistration for the SDP 43
rd Annual Conference & Expo – May 11-16, at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL – is off to a great start!  Due to popular demand, several classes have already sold out, and others are filling quickly.

The following classes are sold out!

  • 0125-Etched Silver Silver & Peony on Tuesday (colored pencil-Paula Leopold CDA)
  • 0185-Peter Pepper, Mint Painter on Wednesday (acrylic-Prudy Vannier CDA)

But don’t worry! We are repeating them on Friday, May 15:

Also, class 0060-Eastern Bluebird for 1st Time Oil Painter with Sherry C. Nelson MDA, TDA only has 3 openings available if you are interested in getting in.

Register now by CLICKING HERE. If you’ve already registered and would like to add classes or have questions, contact sdpregistration@decorativepainters.org.

For a full class list CLICK HERE. You may view the Conference Special as a downloadable PDF for viewing on your computer, iPad, Kindle Fire, or other mobile device. To order a printed copy of the Conference Special click here!

Tools & Tips: E-Packets

By Mary Kingslan Gibilisco CDA, Chair of the Education Committee

What is an e-packet?

It is a digitized version of a lesson packet that students or customers can obtain or purchase, download and print at their discretion. The advantages are there is no waiting for package delivery, no shipping charges and no material expense to the producer of the lesson. The end user just prints desired information.

How is an e-packet created?

First write the lesson in a digital format. Insert photos, instructions and links to videos into the lesson. Programs you can use to create the lesson are Word (easy to learn and inexpensive), Adobe InDesign (powerful, slightly complicated and higher priced than Word) or any of the myriad of publishing programs on the market.

Save (or use the save as option) the document or convert your lesson to a .pdf. PDF stands for portable document file. This format retains the document exactly as created. This retains the integrity of the lesson. Line drawings will be exactly the correct size, photos will be placed where desired and page breaks will be in logical places.

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“Meet the Teachers” Blog Series: Meet Darlene McNeely

Darlene McNeely
Joined SDP: 1998
Started Teaching: Late 1960s

Darlene McNeely is the next teacher in our “Meet the Teachers” series. Darlene has been teaching painting since the late 1960s! Even as an experienced teacher, she enrolls in several classes as a student each year to learn new techniques!

Darlene McNeelyWhat do you love most about painting?
I was first motivated to learn to paint by going to local art shows and thinking in the back of my mind, “I believe I can do that.” I learned that you see everything differently once you start painting. I love seeing everything with a new perspective.

What do you love most about teaching?
I love to watch students develop and grow. Also, I love when students ask questions. It shows their interest and even helps me learn something new, whether that something is a new technique or a new perspective on a piece of art.

What value would you place on attending classes offered at live conferences such as the SDP Conference?
I have never attended a class at a conference where I didn’t learn something. These classes expose students to different instructors, methods and peers from all over the country. It is an incredible opportunity to develop new friendships.

What are the top takeaways that students will learn by taking your class?
In my classes, I hope students will learn different techniques and challenges. I hope they will learn to not be afraid to try something new, and even try something they think that might challenge the status quo.

When you’re not painting or teaching, what can we find you doing?
I like to explore places I haven’t been. Also, I enjoy cooking and baking.

Darlene will be teaching the following classes at the SDP Conference & Expo taking place in St. Charles, Illinois from May 11-16, 2015. REGISTER TODAY

CALLA LILIES – OIL

RAINBOW CHICKENS – OIL

INDIAN BRAVE – OIL

Coming up next week on “Meet the Teachers”…meet Margit Hartl: Margit doubled as a student and a teacher when she grew up in a small town in Germany. In addition to completing written assignments, her teacher would ask her to draw pictures on the blackboard to use during student lessons.