Holiday Painting Classes with Diane Roman

Animals and nature processes are made of color and filled with color. Sometimes these are even related. What does a sunrise and a turkey tail have in common?

Animals and nature processes are made of color and filled with color. Sometimes these are even related. What does a sunrise and a turkey tail have in common?

In preparation for Thanksgiving, come paint the turkey tail and sunrise with painting teacher Diane Roman and get ready for a colorful thanksgiving.

Roman will lead two upcoming holiday-themed painting classes for children, “A Turkey Tale” and “The Poinsettia” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12th and Saturday, Dec. 10th respectively. Classes will be held at Frontera Audubon, located at 1101 S. Texas Blvd. The classes are $15 per child and reservations must be made by calling Frontera Audubon at 956-968-3275.

Roman, who studied painting in Switzerland and leads the Elisabeth Wagner School of Nature Moods Painting, says December’s painting class theme will focus on the legend of the poinsettia.

“In the painting exercise, we will see nature unfold its beautiful gift in the form of the poinsettia flower,” she said. “We will also learn about the development of this wildflower into the magnificent flowers seen at Christmas time.

During the painting sessions, children see firsthand how the colors meet and blend to produce new colors. Roman uses a wet-in-wet method of painting and quality transparent watercolors.

Stories and legends help the imagination to grow. The legend of the poinsettia is a wonderful reminder of the great gift of the Christmas season.

Stories and legends help the imagination to grow. The legend of the poinsettia is a wonderful reminder of the great gift of the Christmas season.

“The children experience joy as a tree forms out of the light-yellow and water-blue. These experiences provoke simple and yet profound questions such as, ‘Where does green come from?’ and ‘What happened to the water in my jar—it turned purple!’ Gently the classes nurture the qualities of imagination and wonder as they learn to paint form out of the color,” she explains.

Diane Roman trained for over six years in Switzerland in this way of painting and has been teaching adults and children since 2004. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Frontera Audubon at 956-968-3275.