Saturday, October 23, artist Beth Wilhelm will present Techniques in Three Styles of Watercolor Painting an art workshop open to participants ages 16-106.  The class is appropriate for beginning, intermediate, and experienced artists.  Students will be guided step-by-step in the watercolor process: drawing, layering the paints, dimensions, techniques in wet and dry application, and much more.  The only prerequisite for this class is a desire to learn and enjoy working with watercolor!

Beth Wilhelm is a familiar face at the MGMoA, having presented workshops and demonstrations at the museum in the past.  She has instructed art classes in public and private schools in Alabama and Oklahoma.  Beth has painted in watercolor and acrylics for 40 years and she is a member of the American Watercolor Society.  Currently, her work is exhibited in Alabama and Oklahoma.  Beth's watercolor paintings and watercolor-wax-batik paintings are available on consignment in the MGMoA gift shop.

'I've seen adults very new to art create amazing pieces under Beth's direction,' said MGMoA curator of education, Donna Merkt, referring to Wilhelm's wax-batik workshops previously taught at the museum.  'Beth is an accomplished water-colorist,' said Merkt, who plans to take the workshop herself, 'I am excited to see the artworks created during this workshop!'

Registration for this workshop is required in advance.  The deadline for registration is October 18.  Those interested are encouraged to register right away, as the workshop is expected to fill quickly.  The cost for the workshop is $65 for museum members, $75 for non-members; and $70 for seniors and school teachers.

All of the art supplies needed for this class are provided.  However, students should bring paper towels, old newspaper, plastic container for water, and a hairdryer.  It is also helpful for students to bring photographs of subjects they would like to paint.  Students may bring their own brushes (or other materials) if they wish; the brush sizes required for the class are: #2, #8, #16 round watercolor brushes and ¼' and ¾' flat watercolor brushes.

Each participant will come away with completed artworks.  The class begins at 10:00 a.m., will break an hour for lunch, and will end at 4:00 p.m.

Karen Mayhall
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art