Door County, Wisconsin | October 11 – 14, 2021

Title: Abstractions in Watercolor
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

Austin, Texas | November 13 – 14,  and December 11 -12, 2021

Title: Abstractions in Watercolor
(Currently both workshops are complete with a waiting list. Please feel free to sign up for the wait list as cancellations always happen. Especially at this time of the  year!) A workshop (two individual workshops scheduled) 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. Ten students maximum in this workshop. Supplies are not included. Registration opens the first part of August.
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Snowmass, Colorado | August  22 – 26, 2022

Title: Watercolor | Abstractions in Nature
Capture what you see, as well as learn to translate your responses, as you interpret nature with fluid watercolor. Learn to simplify and abstract subject matter with minimal marks and a broad spectrum of techniques to create bold and captivating works on paper. Develop color palettes and imagery to stretch your preconceived notions of these elements and their initial meaning. This workshop guides students through how inspiration translates observations into abstract, graphic and bold watercolors. Students learn how to economize their mark-making and focus on elements like pattern and color through watercolor, observing details in nature with a fresh perspective. Class time includes demonstrations and group feedback.
Online registration will start the beginning of January 2022. The workshop catalog will post on the Anderson Ranch website in December. This is a Level 2 workshop with watercolor experience required, this is not a beginner’s class.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center Website