As part of its personal enrichment course offerings for spring 2011, the Warren Forest Higher Education Council is partnering with the Crary Art Gallery to offer a special course on watercolor basics with nationally renowned artist Catherine Hillis. She will be in Warren to open her "Urban Country" Watercolors Exhibition at the Crary Art Gallery. The show will run March 5 to April 3 and will feature city scenes and paintings depicting the rural area where the artist makes her home.
On Monday and Tuesday, March 7and 8, Hillis will conduct a Watercolor Boot Camp at the Warren Forest Hi-Ed Council. Using the format of morning demonstrations and afternoon critiques, topics will include: watercolor supplies - their proper use and storage, basic skills of watercolor painting, and composition and design, as well as using photographic references, and creating texture. As preparation for the course, Hillis provides a list of supplies so all aspiring artists start with the best materials. She recommends, "Buy good quality paper and paints and your product will be first rate!"
An award winner in regional and national exhibitions, she promises to deliver an exciting two-day experience. This intensive program will launch artists into the challenging and expressive medium of watercolor.
Catherine Hillis is coming to Warren to conduct a watercolor workshop at Hi-Ed. Her painting “The Pedicure” will be on display March 5 through April 3 along with her “Urban Country” Watercolors Exhibition at the Crary Art Galley.
"What a great opportunity for new and experienced artists in Warren," noted Joan Stitzinger, executive director of the council, "to work with a creative talent of this caliber. We at the Hi-Ed Council could not pass up the chance to have Ms. Hillis conduct a class. I hope artists and art students across Warren County will take advantage of the workshop and learn from this nationally recognized watercolorist."
Watercolor Boot Camp is just one of many Hi-Ed Council offerings in Spring 2011. Personal enrichment offerings; job skills training; college credit and non-credit courses through partnerships with regional providers from Practical Nursing Program to leadership training and CDL Training; GED testing and diploma program; online training, and more. All are available through the local Warren Forest Higher Education Council. For more information, complete course listings, schedules and fees, go to www.hi-ed.org or call 723-3222.