Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

October 22, 2012

Fair Park offers watercolor painting workshop

By Tina Taylor
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — Do you enjoy the delicate paintings of watercolor? Watercolor painting has the reputation of being difficult. Unlike oil or acrylic painting, where the paints stay where they are put and dry more or less where they are applied, water is active and changes the outcome of the appearance of the paint as it dries. The difficulty you have in watercolor painting is learning how to anticipate the behavior of the water. No two watercolor paintings can be the exact same.

If you have always thought about learning to paint and using the many techniques of watercolor, now would be your opportunity.

Noted watercolor artist Thomas Eckert will be holding another watercolor workshop in November at Fair Park. He is a member of six different Tennessee art organizations and has received many of his ideas from numerous talented artists over the years. He considers himself exceedingly fortunate to have had the opportunity to study for a year under the late Guy Slover of Pleasant Hill.

Like every artist, Eckert has his own style. His work is in watercolor, pencil, acrylics and mixed media. Painting has taught him to look at the ordinary in life in a whole new light. In his travels, he observes shapes and colors that become a source of inspiration. Old barns, the many wonders of nature and even a pair of old boots can be points of interest.

You can become a better artist with each painting you create. You can sign up today for Eckert’s next watercolor workshop, which will be held Nov. 8 and 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. When you sign up, you will receive a materials list of the items you will need to bring to the class. Special thanks goes to Bilbrey’s Funeral the sponsor for the arts at Fair Park Senior Center, with your cost only being $10 for the two-day workshop.

If you have always wished you could speak Spanish and have someone work with you, now is the time with Beverly Sharp every Tuesday at 1 p.m., starting Nov 6. Sharp will help you. Just sign up today.

Get ready to take good pictures for the coming holidays. Learn more about your digital camera, how to take pictures with your cell phone, how to email your pictures to friends and lots more. Instructor James Dunlap will be teaching a four-week class of basic photography for beginners during November on Thursdays 1 to 3 p.m. The classes will be held Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 29. There will not be a class Thanksgiving Week. The cost is $10 per student, and class size is limited so be sure to sign up soon.

All educational classes at the Fair Park Senior Center are sponsored by Hood Funeral Home.

The Eight Ball League signup is going on now until Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 12:30 p.m., at which time they will pick teams for the 2012 season. Dues are due at that meeting. If you cannot attend every week, maybe you would like to sub. Please sign up today on the league or sub list, which is located in the pool room at Fair Park Senior Center. For more information, call Mike Livingston at 788-6483.

Don’t just sit at home. Come to Fair Park Senior Center, 1433 Livingston Rod., across from the fairgrounds. Check out their website at or call 484-7416.