Watercolor class offered in Manistique

MANISTIQUE – Lake Effect Arts of Manistique is offering a Watercolor Painting for Beginners class on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer, 314 Main Street.

Michelle Earle, the instructor, is a watercolor artist who specializes in transparent watercolors and the effects that can be created with this medium. Originally from the U.P., she received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Parson’s School of Design in New York City. Her work varies from landscapes to interiors, but her main interest is in how light affects what she sees. Currently, she resides in Manistique, and is a well-known and respected artist in the area with her work sold at The Mustard Seed.

In the hours of the class, adult and teen participants will learn the basics of transparent watercolor use, starting with how to stretch the paper, how to get paint from palette to paper, and what to do once it is there. They will explore working wet-in-wet, the use of salt for interesting effects, showing reflections in water, and painting landscapes. The class will be geared toward beginner and advanced beginner painters with many demonstrations and lots of hands-on time.

Fees for the class are $42 for LECAC members and $45 for non-members. Interested people may register online at www.LakeEffectArts.org or info@LakeEffectSrts.org. If you have questions, feel free to call Mindy Asp at (906) 450-5777 or Stephanie Reese at (906) 283-1001.

Supplies participants will need include:

tube or pan watercolors (4) NOT ACRYLICS including the three primary colors: a yellow (such as cadmium yellow), a red (such as alzarin crimson), a blue (such as cobalt blue), and Payne’s Gray or black

watercolor brushes (3) – 1″ flat, #6 round, and #4 round

palette – a white china or glass dinner plate or “butcher’s tray” will work (or something similar) but needs to be white and non-porous with plenty of open space with no dividers

watercolor paper – several full sheets of high quality 140# cold press rag watercolor paper (such as Arches) or a 9 x 12″ pad of such paper

water containers – 2 large containers such as a large bowl or jar

white kleenex and paper towels

spray bottle of water

salt – plain table salt in a shaker

OPTIONAL – rubber cement, a reference drawing or photo

Participants may find watercolor supplies at Ben Franklin in Manistique, Sviland’s in Escanaba, or Michael’s in Marquette. Plates, which make good palettes, may be found at St. Vincent de Paul’s or Goodwill. An hour break will be provided for lunch, but it is suggested people bring a sack lunch and beverage. Deadline for registrations for this March 17 class will be Thursday, March 7.