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Watercolor workshop a wealth of ideas

CIndy Ramunno/Special to the Daily

The Parents Initiative Project at Brush Creek Elementary School hosted a Watercolor Workshop recently for parents and teachers. The technique used is a Wet On Wet Watercolor method commonly used by Waldorf Schools. The workshop was given by Barbara S. Dewey, M.S. of Bowertown, Ohio. Dewey is an internationally known consultant on home schooling using the Waldorf method and principal of Waldorf Without Walls Consulting.

The principle of Wet On Wet Watercolor is to wet the paper before applying the paint, which creates a dreamy misty picture as the colors bleed into the paper and other colors.

The workshop was designed to give examples and teach adults how to paint with children.



When working with kindergarteners, Dewey suggests having the children work with only one color.

“Yes I know that sounds silly,” Dewey says, “but the experience of painting with blue is very different than painting with red.”



She continues to explain that each color has a mood, and that it is good for children to experience that. While Dewey is introducing the colors to her paintings she is telling you a story, which illustrates the mood of the color – red is lively, blue is shy, yellow is cheerful and doesn’t like to be touched by the other colors for fear of loosing it’s color.

Barbara told the story of the billy goats Gruff as she painted two hillsides and separated them by a river. There was a red bridge connecting the hillside and on the hill were two billy goats Gruff. She painted the billy goats by actually extracting the paint off the page and leaving white space where she had just removed the blue from the hillside.

Parents and teachers attended the event.



“I really love how the colors bleed together leaving a vague line where the colors meet on the page,” says Brenda Kleinfelder an Eagle resident, local artist and staff member at Brush Creek Elementary.

“This was very relaxing and I really enjoyed the workshop,” says Chris Mayhew, principal of Brush Creek Elementary School.

Annie Schmidt of Sweetwater and owner/director of A Children’s Paradise preschool came to the event to learn new techniques to paint with her preschoolers. Linda Mossman of Eagle is home schooling with Waldorf principles and initiated bringing Dewey to the area for this event.

The event is one of many the Parents Initiative Project – or PIP – at Brush Creek Elementary school is planning for the school year.

“PIPs got started because we felt a need to bring more support to the parents and teachers of this community,” says Amy Pates, a parent at Brush Creek Elementary.

For further information on other events the PIPs are planning or to contact the group with ideas for workshops e-mail them at amy@eagleranch.com or call 328-1428.


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