Judy Seyfert classes

From artist and member, Judy Seyfert:

Hi Everyone,
  It sure hasn’t been much of a winter so far.  However, it won’t be long and the real spring will be here.  That means it is time to share my teaching schedule for the next six months.  Some of you have already gotten the brochure from the Garden.  You can register for the Garden classes on line (http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/) or call them directly (314-577-5140).  I will be teaching three classes at the Garden and a three-day workshop at the Maria Center in June. 
   Each of the classes is very different.  I have people emailing me and asking me which one they should take.  That is a difficult question to answer.  I am excited about them all so I have no favorites.  Only you can make that decision. 
   The Friday class is Watercolor Rescue which begins March 2nd  and runs for eight weeks (no class March 30th).   I taught this as a four-week class in January, 2011.  All the participants said they didn’t think it was long enough.   I decided to repeat and expand it into an eight-week class. Artists will be working on their own projects.  The format will be a critique of work done during the week, a short demo and then painting time.  Topics covered in the class will be determined by the participating artists.  This is a class for experienced watercolorists since no basic skills will be taught.  Here is the link to the class:   Watercolor Rescue
   The class, Watercolor Essentials, on Monday evenings is for all skill levels. It starts March 5 from 6:30 p.m. till 9 p.m. and goes for six weeks. There is no class March 26th because I will be in a workshop.  I have taught this class before.  However, no two classes are ever the same even if the name is the same.  Here is the link:  Watercolor Essentials
   The Saturday class, Spring: A Wash of Color, is brand new and totally different from anything I have ever taught at the Garden.  All other classes have been transparent watercolor; this one is opaque watercolor.  I use an entirely different palette with more opaque watercolors like cadmium yellow.  You don’t have to go out and buy a lot of new paint.  You will need a large tube of Winsor Newton Permanent White Gouache.   Mixing watercolor with white gouache gives the paint body and opacity.  Here is the link to the class:  Spring: A Wash of Color
   The fourth class I am offering is the ever popular Watercolor Collage: From Abstract to Realism.  This is a unique method of studying design through collage.  By combining watercolor and collage, exciting and innovative opportunities of expression open up.  Besides being a versatile and flexible way to explore creativity, watercolor collage encourages an individual approach to art emphasizing design through experimentation.  The process involves using oriental washi or rice papers to alter the watercolor paper’s surface.  The papers retain some of the luminosity of the watercolor with the added benefit.  The workshop will be held at the Maria Center.  Those of you who have been to the Maria Center know what a beautiful, ideal facility it is to hold a workshop. The Garden is NOT sponsoring this class.  Registration is done through me.   This year it is going to be a three-day workshop.   Mark these dates on your calendar:  June 8, 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. till 3 p.m.  That is eighteen hours of  creativity, inspiration and fun.  
    For more information or to register contact Judy Seyfert at 314-894-0695 or email at judyseyfert.art@gmail.com.

   Even if I don’t see you in one of my classes please remember the words of artist, Alice Neel, “You should keep on painting no matter how difficult it is, because that is part of the experience, and the more experience you you have, the better it is . . . unless it kills you, and then you know you have gone too far.”

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