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An 'Elements of Drawing" workshop will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Firehouse Gallery at 119 Palo Pinto St., Weatherford, TX. This one day workshop, offered by local artist John Stout, will have an emphasis in Perspective, Composition/Contour, Line drawing, Contrast, Shading, Texture, and Ellipses.
John Stout, son of a sign painter and inventor in League City, Texas in the 50s and 60s, first honed his artistic skills in his father's sign shop at age 14. In the Army 1961-64, John was assigned to painting murals in Europe in addition to his regular military duties.
He discovered his love for carving nearly 25 years ago, when his first wife asked him to carve some toys as Christmas gifts for their children. Later he moved to reproducing carousel horses for private collectors around the country.
"People who know me for my murals and paintings are always surprised to find out I can carve. But carving is just another art form. My dad taught me that if I know the arts, what field or what materials I work with are irrelevant. My focus is always on artistic elements, no matter what project I do," Stout said.
John studied art in the U.S. and Europe. His accomplishments as a painter and graphic artist are many and varied and his work is represented in private collections in Israel, Germany, England, Canada, France, Alaska and several states in the United States.
John painted murals and artwork on J.W. Brown Stagecoaches that appeared on Wells Fargo television commercials and billboards and on the TV series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” and other movies like "Around the World in 90 Days" and "Night at the Museum." He also painted the background barn for the Country Time Lemonade commercial and painted many logos in arenas for the National Cutting Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association & American Appaloosa Horse Club.
John's creative art skills include but are not limited to murals, portraits, fine arts, book illustrations, graphic arts, sign writing and custom auto pinstriping and have appeared in national and international publications.
He and his wife Judi are now members of Weatherford Art Association and serve on the board.
Materials needed for the workshop are: four pencils: F (hard), B (Med. soft), ebony (soft), charcoal, erasers: white & kneaded, smugers: stumps (2) one large and one small, Sandpaper (400 grit), drawing board-optional, masking tape and Strathmore 400 paper approx. 11" x 14". Cost: $35 per person. For more information, call John Stout at 817-597-9282 or Weatherford Art Association at 817-599-3278.