workshops

THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN ART SCHOOL | Austin, Texas | April 24 – 25,  2021

12.20.20 update: This workshop is full with a waiting list.
Title: Abstractions in Watercolor
A workshop for students with minimal watercolor experience. This course invites the artist to find the balance between spontaneity and control. In this workshop we will use watercolor to explore the evolution of abstract form from observed reality. Students arrive with a singular subject, such as a leaf, a sketch, an object, found in nature, and from this source, we will subtract, expand, isolate, redefine, and translate. Each student will complete a small series of works that explores this one central subject. This course will also focus on the various experimental techniques and tools that can be utilized to create a finished painting. Students from all stylistic backgrounds are welcome, but the non-representational style is emphasized. Activities include presentations of visual images, discussions of abstract painting and student-instructor consultations. Class time also includes demonstrations and group feedback. Nine students maximum in this workshop. Supplies are not included.
The Contemporary Austin Art School Website

ANDERSON RANCH ARTS CENTER | Snowmass, Colorado | July 5 – 9, 2021

Title: Details in Nature
Registration opened online January  4, 2021. Only one space still available as of 4.17.21!
Nature walks have partially inspired the watercolors of Jan Heaton the past five years. This workshop will guide the class through the steps of her creative process, and how this inspiration translates her observations into graphic and bold watercolors. You will learn how to simplify and abstract subject matter, and observe details in nature with a new perspective. Basic techniques will be integrated: drawing, painting, color mixing, design and composition. Demonstrations and one-on-one instruction will provide the foundation for your exploration. This is a level two course and previous watercolor experience is required. The workshop is limited to ten students. Supplies are not included.
Anderson Ranch Website

PENINSULA SCHOOL OF ART | Door County, Wisconsin | October 11 – 14, 2021

Title: Abstractions in Watercolor
Member registration opened online January  26, 2021. Non-Member Registration opened Tuesday, February 9th. Openings still available as of 4.17.21.
Designed for those with minimal watercolor experience, this workshop invites you to find a balance between the spontaneous and controlled qualities of the medium. Build a foundation in traditional and experimental watercolor techniques, explore the evolution of an abstract form from observed reality, and develop a new visual language. Presentations and group discussions introduce you to abstract image-making, while demonstrations focus on the various watercolor techniques and tools that can be utilized to create a finished painting. Come prepared with a singular subject, such as a leaf, sketch, or object found in nature, and from that source, learn how to subtract, isolate, redefine, and translate the information into abstract compositions. Jan provides one-on-one feedback throughout the process. Expect to leave this workshop with a small series of works that explore your one central subject. Students from all stylistic backgrounds are welcome, however the non-representational style if emphasized.  Supplies are not included.
Peninsula School of Arts Website

Kristin’s Garden, 4 x 4″ and 2 x 4″ watercolor studies on Fabriano 300# soft press paper