The COVID virus has affected the way we are proceeding with our Premier Workshops. Many instructors are not traveling due to this virus. We have two options: to cancel the workshops or find another way to still have them. As of now our workshops with Don Andrews and Andy Evansen will change to virtual workshops. These premier instructors have been working with our workshop team and are coming up with exciting ways to proceed. We are hoping that by the time we get to Mark Mehaffey and Graham Berry's workshops that things will be different. We will keep updating information as soon as our great workshop team and premier instructors finalize how they will proceed.
November 10-11 and 12-13, 2020 – Don Andrews "Landscape Color and Composition"
January 12-13 and 14-15, 2021 - Andy Evansen "Learn to Paint Stronger, Simpler Watercolors"
February 9-12, 2021 – Mark Mehaffey "Experiment For Fun, Design and Success"
March 9-12, 2021 – Graham Berry "People at Work and Play"
Because of these unusual times, we want to encourage you to check the website often for updated information regarding our upcoming premier artist workshops. If you have already registered for a 2021 workshop, you will be contacted closer to its scheduled time. We appreciate your patience.
Don Andrews is a nationally known watercolor artist, author and workshop instructor who has conducted painting workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe for over 30 years. Don is an active member and past board director of the American Watercolor Society. His paintings have received numerous awards in national watercolor competitions including three awards from the American Watercolor Society.
Virtual Workshop 1A
During the first two-day virtual workshop Don will focus on color harmony, designing nature, looking at the relationship of color and value, and organizing nature.
Virtual Workshop 1B
In the second two-day virtual workshop Don will focus on color granulation, simplifying nature, controlling the light, and painting figures in the landscape.
Learning to paint with watercolor should be fun! Each day’s sessions will include two demonstrations, each followed by student painting time during which Don will be available to answer questions. During the second day in each virtual workshop, the afternoon painting time will be followed by an hour for a group critique. All lessons will be recorded and available for students for 6 months.
Andy’s interest in art started early and he was always drawing as a child. He decided to pursue a career in art and became a medical illustrator in Minneapolis, creating artwork for medical device companies, textbooks, and surgeons. Once that industry became dependent on digital art, he longed for a return to fine art and began watercolor painting.
There seems to be a never-ending quest to loosen up in watercolor and it is probably the most common goal of students. It is easy to fall into the trap of putting too much into your paintings. Andy tells his students what you leave out of a painting is as important as what you put in.
Virtual Workshop 1A
During the first two-day virtual workshop Andy will focus on using value studies from the outset to identify the large shapes in a scene. These large shapes provide the artist with opportunities for lost edges when painting in watercolor, which is essential if we are to take full advantage of the medium. Too often the 'found edges', or details, take over the painter's thinking process, and the result is a tight watercolor.
Virtual Workshop 1B
In the second two-day virtual workshop Andy will continue with the focus on using value studies from the outset to identify the large shapes in a scene from virtual workshop 1A. All of Andy’s demos will be different from the first workshop, so those who sign up for both workshops will be experiencing something new.
To loosen up it is imperative to have a clear vision of what you want to accomplish with your painting and then execute it quickly. This workshop will give you the tools and confidence to do just that." Each day’s sessions will include two demonstrations, each followed by student painting time during which Andy will be available to answer questions. During the second day in each virtual workshop, the afternoon painting time will be followed by an hour for a group critique.
Internationally recognized, award winning artist Mark Mehaffey is a Signature member of the American Watercolor Society; Dolphin Fellow, the National Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA Honor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America; Signature Life Member - and Distinguished Master, Watercolor West, the Rocky Mountain Watermedia Society, the Louisiana Watercolor Society; Signature Life Member, the International Society of Experimental Artists, Signature Life Member and the International Society of Acrylic Painters among others.
This will be designed to help and push all participants. The first half will focus on the use of photographic reference, simplification to get to your story and traditional handling with transparent watercolor. Composition and the use of color to create the mood you desire will also be covered. The second half of our workshop will focus on intuitive abstract painting. Exploring positive and subtractive painting methods with lots of layering will be covered. Our primary surface for this part of the workshop will be Yupo. This workshop is designed for all levels but participants should be familiar with their materials.
Mehaffey’s paintings are included in corporate, public, and private collections throughout the world.
Graham studied Graphic Design and Illustration at multiple colleges in the United Kingdom. After a successful career as an Illustrator, winning a DADA award for his Illustrations and also featuring in several Association of Illustrators annuals Graham returned to his first love, watercolour painting. His paintings are inspired by the effect of light and shadow on our environment, creating dynamic shapes and colours, Graham especially enjoy painting people going about their everyday lives.
Graham's work has been selected for inclusion in North Light Books: Best of Watercolor series; Splash 14: Light and Color, Splash 15: Creative Solutions and Splash 16: Exploring Texture! Grahams paintings are now in the homes of collectors in the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe.
The workshop will focus on how to render the figure individually as well as in small groupings. Graham will demonstrate how to draw/paint the human form accurately while capturing the body in movement as well in repose. He will share tips and his techniques on how to use watercolor media to capture the illusion of light and be bold with colour! Students will work from source photographs that will be provide. Graham will paint step-by-step and the students will paint each step before he moves onto the next step and so on. Graham will also paint a demo from start to finish as a demonstration of the speed he normally works.
As a rule of thumb:
Day 1 - a single figure
Day 2 - two figures
Days 3 & 4 - three or more figures