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Painting workshop takes to the beach

Susan Witzel (seated) provides instruction in the Schlop and Schmear technique of tempera and water painting during a workshop last month. Submitted photo.

People looking for a fun way to try their hand at painting without a lot of expense, may want to try Susan Witzel’s Schlop and Schmear painting workshop.
It’s also a great and fun way to beat the mid-winter blahs.
The two-evening workshop is being sponsored by the Humboldt Area Arts Community (HAAC) and will be offered on consecutive weeks, Wednesday, Jan. 30, and Wednesday, Feb. 6, with painting from 6-8:30 p.m. both evenings.
The focus of this workshop will be creating a beach scene.
“I may not be able to go to Florida for the winter, but I can paint it,” Witzel said with a laugh.
She explained the Schlop and Schmear technique as being originated by Inge Chase, a German immigrant who was an interior decorator for many U.S. stores, and used the painting designs as backdrops for some of her window displays.
All supplies and instruction will be provided with the course. Participants are encouraged to wear beach attire, such as Hawaiian shirts, beach shorts and flip flops.
To sign up, contact Art Center Director Nancy Huddleson at 641-330-8681, check out the HAAC Facebook page, or e-mail her at artsinhumboldt@gmail.com.