May 01, 2007

Betty Bea Washburn

Betty Bea Washburn taught me the paint strokes that create the wispy branches of a gnarly white pine.   She taught me perseverance while working with clay, and she taught me about vanishing points and proportions.  She was my Middle School Art teacher.   Betty Bea still is everyone's favorite teacher.  After taking a class with her, students exclaim," Did I do that?"   She was known around town as the hip art teacher and loved by everyone.   After 33 years of teaching Betty Bea retired from the public school system. 

She now devotes herself to painting in watercolors which she began professionally in 1979.  As a resident of northern lower Michigan she finds inspiration in area landscapes, gardens, and historical sites.  Betty Bea is intrigued by watercolor relationships:  the harmony between the physical properties of the medium, the effect of atmosphere on the subject matter, and the use of color as a means of creating an internal glow.  Betty Bea states, "My goal is to infuse the paintings with energy that remains within the work long after the brush has been lifted from the paper."Betty Bea continues to teach the art of painting with watercolors.  This summer she is teaching a one-week intuitive watercolor class for Exploration Sailing Charters.  
Read about this fantastic trip here.

Oaklawn Hospital, Marshall, MI
Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire, MI
Michigan Education Association, Lansing, MI
Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Kalamazoo, MI
Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida (team muralist)
Numerous Private Collections
Southwest Michigan Rehabilitation Hospital, Battle Creek, MI

Teaching Experience
Art Instructor, United Arts Council, Calhoun County, MI  1996-1999
Art Instructor, Marshall Public Schools, Marshall, MI  1965-1996 (retired)
Community Education Art Instructor, Marshall, MI  1976-1996

Master of Arts in Education, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 1976
Bachelor of Arts in Art Education, College of Wooster, Wooster Ohio 1962
Watercolor Workshops with nationally known artists 1979 to present.