Group works to promote art of watercolor in Brevard schools

This teacher is pleased with her koi painting.

As part of its Art in Education program, Brevard Watercolor Society has promoted watercolor painting by working with Brevard County School District art teachers.

For many years, it has conducted painting workshops and donated supplies for the classrooms.

On Aug. 5, Jolene Bruce coordinated BWS's participation in an in-service workshop held at Satellite High School for about 40 Brevard County teachers.

Barbara Rios taught a class, using values in portrait painting as a basis for creating portraits that could be used at any grade level.

Therese Ferguson taught a more advanced class, exploring a technique of painting referred to as “wet-in-wet.” The art teachers observed her demonstration of a koi fish and how to control a very wet project.

It is the mission of BWS to educate teachers about how to master the watercolor medium so that they will be able to pass that knowledge on to their students. The classes were a big hit and everyone took away a little better understanding of the medium.

Thanks to the generosity of Cheap Joe’s Art Supplies, which donated most of the paints along with brushes, goody bags with watercolor supplies were provided to the teachers. Paint dot sample cards were supplied by paint manufacturer QOR and the rest of the supplies were purchased by BWS.

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