I provide watercolor workshops on the art of portraiture and still life, focusing on the “chiaroscuro” approach of the old masters, which uses strong light and rich shadow to create intense and dramatic paintings. Workshops include at least one demonstration, illustrating my technique and giving insight into my methods and philosophies. I will discuss setting up vivid still-life compositions, and offer tips on working with a model to create engaging portraits. Special attention will be given to the unique properties of light and shadow, as well as design, value, edges and color.
Watercolor Still Life (8 week class)
Thursdays | 7:00-9:00 PM
January 11 — March 1
Built around the classical Dutch still life, this in-depth and exciting class will move students from small studies to a larger finished work by the end of the season. Students will practice washing, glazing and pouring techniques, as well as values, composition and color theory. Participate in demonstrations, lessons, and critiques while receiving lots of individual help. Students can bring in their own still life objects, or work from instructor’s set up.
Once the Painting is Finished (1 Day Workshop)
Saturday,March 3 | 2:30-5:30 PM
You have now completed your masterpiece, what’s next? This one day workshop will teach you how to photograph your painting for exhibition entry, properly mat and frame or varnish a watercolor for display, how to properly display, package, or ship your artwork and more. This is the perfect workshop for any artist who is looking to start displaying their work, entering pieces for exhibitions or juried shows, or just interested in preserving their works of art.
If you are just starting out, materials can be expensive. I encourage people to spend first on the important things. Do not skimp on your paint, brushes or paper—use professional artists grade materials. Watercolor is a difficult medium, there’s no need to add to the challenge with inferior products. Student grade paint uses less pigment and more binder (filler) so it is difficult to get deep rich color.