The Painter’s Primer
A Survival Kit
by Irwin Greenberg "Greeny" (1922-2009)
Mr. Greenberg, watercolor artist, was a teacher at The New York City High School of Art & Design and at the Art Students League of New York. He thoughtfully composed his inspirational thoughts over many years, and named it "The Painter's Primer". Each of his students were given a copy, and we continue to share it.
“Like a lot of realist painters, I started teaching to stabilize my income. I was amazed to discover that it would be one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. Somehow, everything I learned in my life found a place in the studio classroom. Teaching also forced me to objectify my thoughts and make them comprehensible to my students. But the greatest reward, by far, was getting to know that special kind of person, the art student. The hunger to learn and commitment to what Robert Henri called the “Art Spirit” has been a never-ending inspiration to me. I am sure I got the larger share in the exchange”