GLAA Spring Exhibit - "New Beginnings"
DATES: Friday, February 7, 2014 - Sunday, April 27, 2014
GLAA Gallery - 647 Main Street, Lake Geneva, WI 53147 - North Shore Pavilion
GLAA Featured Artist
Artist & Teacher
Ken Cottingham loves to teach art. He has taught art to both students and adults for more than 40 years.
He started out as an art teacher for grades K-12, after graduating from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. He taught for 10 years in Illinois, during which time he added graduate work at the University of Illinois in Business Administration and Art to his resume. He accepted a position as Art Supervisor for West Allis School District in the Milwaukee area, where he spent the next 25 years over-seeing art programs and teachers. He also served as the State President for the Art Education Association during this time. Ken admits that he only was able to paint occasionally during those years.
He didn’t get back to painting full-time until he left the school district. It has become a major part of his life since 1997, when his neighbor invited him to join the Geneva Lake Art Association. Ken has been painting ever since.
Now he is teaching again- this time an adult oil painting class. Each Monday evening from 6-9pm, Ken comes loaded with supplies, including music, books, paint, canvases, brushes, and other mysterious things. As an instructor, Ken says helping people achieve what they want to paint is his goal. One of his students says, “Ken has been the best person to teach me what I need to know about art. He has great patience a quality that I admire in a teacher. We come in with an idea and he helps us accomplish it.”
Ken’s love is oil painting, but he also works in pencil, colored pencil, sculpture, and even watercolor on occasion. He doesn’t specialize in one genre, but paints what interests him, be it landscapes, wildlife, portraits, or still-life. He prefers to work from his own photographs, using the richness of oil to bring the image to life. Ken’s work shows his skill as a painter, but in his heart, he is still a teacher!