Cletus Smith's passion is the landscape. “Nature offers an unlimited choice of colors, shapes, textures and lighting.” he says. “I need to feel something about the subject, a collection of darks and lights, or a special feeling of atmosphere . . . perhaps even a certain recollection of a time or a particular place.” Smith feels equally comfortable working in watercolor or oil.
A professional artist and educator, Cletus has spent his life in the studio or the classroom surrounded by his paints, brushes, and interesting photos taken where the roads lead him in his travels. A native Oklahoman with an art degree from Oklahoma City University, Cletus taught painting at the University of Central Oklahoma for 18 years.
Smith will teach a Watercolor Workshop at The Depot on Thursday and Friday, January 17 and 18, 2019, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm each day. Taking a class with Cletus is an exercise in learning about color and point of view and perspective. It's about personal attention, hands-on instruction and specific techniques. It’s also about laughing and new friendships and developing the creative gifts of the students.
A Cletus Smith class is alive with conversations, demonstrations and technical pointers that help the students improve their skills in a relaxing comfortable atmosphere. Students may paint the class demo or work on their own inspiration, while taking advantage of the advice, expertise and abilities of an educator and painter who has made a successful career with his talent and by expressing his creative side.
Numerous awards and recognitions have been given to Cletus Smith for his paintings and his work as an instructor. He is represented by galleries in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. His work is included in the State of Oklahoma Art Collection.
Workshop tuition is $125. Call 405-307-9320 or visit The Depot, 200 S. Jones, Norman, to enroll. For additional information about Cletus Smith, visit www.cletussmithart.com.
Programs at The Depot are made possible, in part, by grants from Norman Arts Council and the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by sponsorships from generous individuals and corporations.