Art for Dudes workshop offered

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BY SUE ERWIN – Local artist Jack Horner will be teaching a class called “Watercolor for Dudes” beginning on Monday, Feb. 29.

The class for “dudes” will take place on Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 29, March 1 and March 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The class is conducted in watercolor, as it is the most suitable medium for beginner and intermediate painters.

“I figured if I start the class in the morning that would still leave time for them to hit the golf course in the afternoon,” Jack said.

Day one begins with a slide presentation illustrating the four elements of painting: composition, drawing, value and color. Following, there will be a demonstration painting of a local landscape, emphasizing the use of those elements.

The second day, the instructor will paint another scene from a slide. The students will follow suit and complete the same painting by class dismissal time.

On day three, students bring their own reference material (photos, sketches) and produce a painting from start to finish.

Jack said he was inspired to start teaching classes for “dudes” when he noticed most of the workshops he attended were void of men.

“They were all filled with women. And I’m not trying to be biased, I just thought there had to be some men out there who were interested in painting,” he said.

One of the pitches he makes for the class is that it’s never to late to learn.

“You do it when you are ready to do it.” Jack said. “I do not propose to tell anyone how to paint. All I propose is to show you how to gain enjoyment.”

Jack recalls how Churchill once said, “I can think of no better way to obtain a retentive memory than through painting.”

Cost to attend the class is $200 for art center members and $225 for non-members.

To sign up for the class, call 964-1700 or email

jeanine@bocagrandeartcenter.org.