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Brush and Palette Club offers watercolor workshop

The Brush and Palette Club of Alexandria will present a three-day watercolor workshop with artist Andy Evansen on May 5, 6 and 7, Wednesday through Friday, at Calvary Lutheran Church, 605 Douglas Street, Alexandria.

The workshop is designed for all painters, from beginner to advanced. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact JoAnn Almich at (602) 743-0104.

Evansen will show participants how to use large shapes and strong values to create convincing yet loose paintings in just a few washes.

Tips on drawing will be covered and the instructor will demonstrate each day.

Most subjects, from figures and buildings to skies and water will be covered.

Students should bring strong reference photos with good shapes to class.

Evansen began painting watercolors in the mid 1990s, is largely self-taught, and has studied with such well-known watercolorists as Skip Lawrence, Eric Weigardt, and Alvaro Castagnet.

He served as president of the Minnesota Watercolor Society from 2004-2006 and teaches workshops around the U.S.

His paintings have appeared on the cover of American Artist's Watercolor magazine and in International Artist and American Art Collector magazines.

Evansen wrote an article about his trip to China that was published in American Artist called Plein Air Painting in the Far East. He took part in Coleman Fine Art's "Wet Paint 2007" plein-air event, where four artists from around the country were invited to paint the city of Charleston, South Carolina for a week.