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MCCD, artist offering outdoor painting class during April, May

Published: Sunday, March 31, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – McHenry County Conservation District and renowned Woodstock artist Tom Trausch will offer a three-day “en plein air” workshop, “Painting and Drawing the Essence of the Landscape: Capturing Nature with Pencil, Pen & Brush,” from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 20, May 4 and May 11 at three conservation district sites.

Trausch, who is listed in “Who’s Who in American Art,” will do a demonstration each day dealing with a particular aspect of the landscape, followed by one-on-one instruction.

Participants of all experience levels will work directly from nature to compose a solid picture, work with values to create form, use expressive line to create interest and focus, and learn the use of washes of color to enhance the drawing or painting they’ve created.

Completed works will be featured in an exhibit at the Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park at a later date. 

The class size is limited to 12; the deadline is April 15.

It is open to ages 14 and up. The cost is $180 for county residents and $225 for nonresidents.

Further details and supply lists will be sent upon confirmation of registration. The entire workshop will be held outdoors, weather permitting.

On April 20, the class will take place at Lost Valley Visitor Center in Glacial Park, Ringwood; on May 4, it will be at Prairieview Education Center, Crystal Lake; and on May 11, it will be at Fel-Pro RRR, Cary.

Participants will work from photo references indoors as necessary. For information, visit www.trauschfinearts.com.

Registration may be done online at www.mccdistrict.org, by phone at 815-479-5779, or by mail or walk-in at Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road in Crystal Lake.

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