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July 3, 2013

CTHC starts July with watercolors

DUNCAN — Most of the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s summer camps are geared toward children, but they started July off with something for the older crowd.

Whoop! Watercolors Painting for Seniors began Monday and will end at noon today with a reception for the seven or eight participants. Andy Couch, CTHC associate curator and programs coordinator, is an accomplished artist and taught the class.

“We’ve been working on landscapes and portraits,” said Couch. “We started out drawing and I showed them a couple of Italian techniques.”

Students were shown the works of great watercolor painters such as Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran and Charles M. Russell. They then tried to paint their own versions of various works.

“We’ve used the collection as a kind of aide,” Couch said. “I’ve been (teaching workshops) for a while and I enjoy it.”

Though most of the students had their heads down working hard on their paintings, they still took the time to express how much they have enjoyed the workshop.

“I’m not much of an artist but I like to think I picked up some skill,” said Haljean Gillespie, who had finished her landscape replica. “I used to do ceramics and had a good time with it.”

LynneAdene Thompson came with a few family members from Walters to spend time with them. She had never painted with watercolors before, she said.

“I wanted to try something new and this has been very informative,” said Thompson. “I picked up a brochure (from CTHC) and I may even come back for the crocheting camp too.”

The next camp for CTHC is Hello! It’s Me! Charcoal Portraits summer camp 9:30 a.m.-noon for grades 5-8 and 1:30-4 for grades 9 to adults July 8-12, followed by Introduction to Visual Arts Media is next from 6-9 p.m. July 15-19 for ages 12 and up.

The Crocheting camp Thompson mentioned is 2-4 p.m. July 15-19 for ages 8 and up.

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