Here's a little background information for those who may be new to this blog or to China Painting at Irving Rec. Center. I have been teaching china painting class for Lincoln Parks and Recreation since fall of 1991. It has been an on-going class with occasional breaks for summer vacation or Christmas holidays.
I was not the first china painting
teacher for Parks and Rec. Dee Myers taught a class from around 1971 to 1973 at
a recreation center on "O" Street. Dee went on to teach china painting lessons
in her home for many years. I learned to china paint from her in
There have been a few other teachers here in Lincoln. Jane McKlem
taught a class in her home from around 1979 to 199-something. Back in the
1970's, Doris Botts taught a class, and so did Mary Halverson at the Cotner
Center. Who am I forgetting? If you know, then drop me a line or place a comment
on this blog.
My students and I are a small group. We
meet on Wednesdays. There is usually a
subject like roses, or birds, or scenes, etc., selected, but during any one
session only about half of my students will be painting the selected subject. We
also host an annual open house in the spring, a potluck at Christmas time and
intermittent Saturday seminars.
There are not many china painters around anymore; we are a small
shrinking group. In the state of Nebraska, maybe a hundred to two hundred people
china paint. There never have been lots of china painters, it is time-consuming
art and it has a long learning curve. But we are ALWAYS LOOKING FOR