Watercolor class offered

The Warren Forest Hi Ed Council will offer a Watercolor Workshop on May 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Warren County Career Center.

Karen Frattali of Chester County will teach the workshop. This is the second workshop she has brought to Warren, the first was last year and coincided with a show at the Crary Art Gallery.

Donna Smith, Hi Ed Program manager, said the workshop, which is open to the public, will not be designated as a beginner or advanced class, as there are not enough participants in rural areas like Warren County. Additionally, a mixed class will have less experienced artists learning from the more advanced students. Smith said, “I find that very exciting.”

She added that of the two previous workshops, one had 14 participants, and the other eight.

Frattali has been a part of the painting community for more than 20 years. Primarily a watercolorist, she dabbles in other media, such as pastel, mixed media and digital art. She has degrees in education and received her early classical art training from Philadelphia College of Art.

She belongs to the National Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Watercolor Societyand the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.

Frattali said, “I am probably considered by some to be a colorist in water media. I do spend a great deal of time studying the colors and determining what would best present the painting subject in each composition.”

“I also spend a good deal of classroom time trying to get participants to abandon the random choices from their palette and design a palette that has purpose and creates consistent, lasting results. Too many times the quest for excellence is lost in the color selection. I tell classes that color is a chemistry lesson and you need to become familiar with the properties of each hue that you use, one or two at a time.”

“When I visited Warren for the first time last fall I realized how this quaint town is nestled into the vast landscape of both Pennsylvania and New York, so it was easy to decide to teach landscape painting, as I am guessing that this subject matter is part of the life of the people in this region of the state.”

“Besides color selection we will be exploring different watercolor paint application techniques to get the desired interesting effects we like to see in a landscape painting. We will also be working on desirable characteristics of composition and design.”

“This can mean taking a photo of a location and rearranging some of the components to make a “more perfect” painting of what we are seeing. My goal is always to simplify and demystify the different elements of good water media painting.”

For information, contact Hi Ed at 723-3222.