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New Starts: Watercolor Painting for Beginners or Anyone Else

Category: 2016-17 Retreat Programs

Date: April 1, 2017

Time: 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM


It’s spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t know what it is you want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! —Mark Twain

Winter weary?  Aching for some color, new life, time to reflect, time to create?  Always wanted to try painting with watercolor? 

Join us for a day of learning to paint the things of spring.  Create    a simple watercolor painting of flowers, trees, and/or birds. 

All supplies will be provided.  No art experience is necessary, and first-time watercolorists are welcome.  Learn some of the basics of watercolor painting and create your own work of art in  a playful, nonjudgmental atmosphere. 

The day will include times for reflection alone and with the group, morning instruction on the basics of watercolor, and  a painting demonstration of a spring scene.  The afternoon will be free to pray, reflect, experience the beauty of Lake Michigan in the spring, or try another painting.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Cost of $55 includes supplies and noon meal

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Co-facilitator Joseph Marco is a Racine Dominican Associate and Chaplain and Coordinator of Roman Catholic Ministries at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois.  He has worked with watercolor and oil media for over    25 years and restored statues and artifacts for churches in Wisconsin and Illinois.  Joseph has a master’s degree from Mundelein College in Chicago. 

Pat Shutts holds a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies and received training in spiritual guidance from Creighton University and bereavement ministry from the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois.  Pat brings her    gift of compassionate listening and openness to the Spirit, and companions seekers as we awaken to God's presence in all of life.  Pat is a lay covenant companion with the Wheaton Franciscans and a member of the Sophia Zen Sangha.  She loves Lake Michigan, art, play, and prayer.