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Charlotte Amalie
Thursday, June 13, 2024


May 20, 2003 – A four-Saturday workshop on Fundamentals of Watercolor Painting is being offered on St. Thomas in June and July by the locally based Beyond Visions Foundation.
Sessions will meet in the morning at various locations such at Vendors Plaza by Emancipation Garden for participants to paint on site, according to Yvonne Petersen, who will teach the workshop. They will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on June 14, 21 and 28 and July 12.
Petersen, the executive director of the foundation, said the workshop "is for the novice who is interested in learning watercolor painting."
She said she is "mostly looking for adults" to take part, especially those who "don't have the time to attend full-semester classes and who want to explore their skills as an artist."
One of the workshop's objectives, Petersen said, is "to expose more locals, particularly those at retirement age, to art" — and thus encourage them to take up a new recreational activity or even a new career. Another is "to provide a rudimentary course to those who may be working at full-time jobs but find the discipline interesting and want to learn how to be a better painter/artist."
Petersen, who has been working in watercolor since 1994, studied under Jo Tarabula, an internationally recognized watercolorist, at her studio in Ruskin, Florida, as well as at several workshops Tarabula has taught in the Virgin Islands.
The workshop is being presented with funding support from the V.I. Council on the Arts. Primary paints, drawing boards and paper for at least the first two sessions will be provided, along with a booklet covering material covered in the sessions and more.
Class size will be limited. Registration is $100 for the four sessions if prepaid by June 2, and $120 after that. The first class will cover basic theory, concepts and painting techniques; each subsequent session will build on material presented previously.
For more information about the sponsoring foundation, visit the Beyond Visions Web site, e-mail Petersen at BVFor call her at 715-4790.

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