This old school house no longer exists, but used to be located in the old pioneer town of Bloomington, Utah. Today a modern community of homes and a golf course exist there. I re-constructed this scene from old photos and my imagination.
Because not much exists anymore, I had to do a lot of historical research which I enjoy. I worked through dozens of pencil sketches and value studies before settling on my design. I transferred the drawing by hand to the stretched watercolor paper using a 4H pencil.
After blocking in the schoolteacher I begin to structure the schoolhouse itself by building up underglazes on the brick. It is not important to delineate every single brick, just identify a few here and there. The viewer fills in the rest.
Using my reference material I paint the figures, and add final detail to the scene. My darkest glazes are reserved for this final step in the painting. From research, to sketches, to finished painting took over a month.