￼ Watercolor Batik & Watercolor Pastel workshop with Award Winning Artist Kathie George. Friday, March 29, 2024 @ 9:00 am - Saturday, March 30, 2024 @ 5:00 pm CDT |$310.00 Registration is now open for World-Class and Awards Winning artist Kathie George’s combination watercolor-batik and watercolor pastel workshop in Degallery from March 29-30, 2024 George teaches workshops all across the country, as well as conducting international destination workshops in Italy, France, and Spain. Her work is primarily water media and collage, but she is best known for her “watercolor batik.” “Her batiking process is an exciting one, building layer upon layer of wax and color on Japanese Ginwashi rice paper as the painting progresses,” a spokesperson said. Other mediums to be examined will be the use of Geli Plates to “pull” prints and create collages, as well as creating watercolors through the use of texturizing and stenciling with overlays using rich accents or pastel pencils. All levels of painters, beginner to advanced, are encouraged to join this workshop which will be taught in a step-by-step manner. A list of general supplies will be provided upon registration. George will also provide palettes of watercolor paint at a minimal cost to those who are new to the medium but still wish to learn the process. The basic cost is $310 for the two-day workshop. DAY 1: WATERCOLOR BATIK ON RICE PAPER. Wax and Watercolor, an interesting mix! Put the two on textured rice paper and you get a look you can’t get any other way. This is not an exact science, so just relax and enjoy the process. Kathie will lead you step-by-step thru the process of layering watercolor and wax, teaching you all the important skills you need to become an expert. This is a super fun medium and a no-fear environment. We get a bit messy, but we have fun doing it. You will be learning from the innovator of this technique and she’s sharing all of her tips and tricks. The best way to teach you this technique is to work together on the same project, but if you have worked with Kathie before and would like to work on your own photo with Kathie’s help, it will be allowed. Kathie began this technique 30-something years ago, and from that first publication in American Artist in 1995 and many publications since, her technique has spread worldwide. Great watercolor skills are not needed for this workshop. DAY 2: WATERCOLOR WITH A TWIST – For our second day we switch gears entirely. Looking for a new way to use your watercolor? This is great fun. First comes an amazing textured surface on UART sanded paper. We use rich colorful watercolor washes and some things Kathie will bring for us to borrow. Then we develop our design with additional watercolor washes and pastel pencils, making use of the beautiful textured surface we have in front of us. It’s a push and pull, positive and negative painting and a lot of fun. You may find yourself coming up with your own ideas each step of the way. ARTIST BIO Kathie George is known for her friendly, energetic approach to teaching. She loves her job and it shows! She is an internationally recognized artist, a much sought-after workshop instructor, and author of several instructional art books and online courses. She is experimental and innovative when it comes to her use of media and says that moving from one to another keeps her work fresh and alive. She is best known for developing and teaching the watercolor batik on rice paper technique and her workshops are in demand all over the US. Kathie was twice a finalist in Artist Magazine’s International Competition (over 16,000 entrants) and her work was published in two of their limited-edition calendars. In addition, she has written articles and her work has been featured in many publications, such as: Watercolor Magazine, Plein Air Magazine, Watercolor Artist, American Artist, Artist Magazine, and fully 6 of the Splash books, most recently included in the Splash Retrospective – 20 years of Contemporary Watercolor Excellence. Her awards are many and include being one of the latest winners of the Artist Network Over 60 Competition.