workshops

THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN ART SCHOOL | Austin, Texas | April 25 -26, 2020

Registration opens online December 10, more information on their website: The Contemporary Austin Art School
Course Title: Abstractions in Watercolor. Course Description:  This course invites the artist to find the balance between spontaneity and control. The watercolor medium offers the artist the ability to be free and spontaneous and release inhibitions in creating art. In this workshop we will use watercolor to explore the development of abstract form from an observed reality. Students will focus on a singular subject, such as a sketch or object, and from this source, they will subtract, expand, isolate, redefine, and translate. Each student will complete a series of works that explores this one central subject. The course will also employ various experimental techniques and tools that can be utilized to create a finished painting. A personal sketchbook journal will document the journey to redefining the art process. Course activities will include painting exercises that will emphasize using intuition in creating art. We will experience painting expressively with no concept in mind. We will paint to music of different genres, inspired by what we hear rather than see. We will learn how to stimulate our creativity with painting exercises that will be taught in the course. Most importantly, we will share ideas and get an outside perspective on our art. A workshop for students with previous watercolor experience. Students from all stylistic backgrounds are welcome, but the non-representational style is emphasized. Class time also includes demonstrations and group feedback.

ANDERSON RANCH ARTS CENTER | Snowmass, Colorado | August 10-14, 2020

Course Title: Details in Nature. Course Description: 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 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. The workshop is limited to ten students. This is a level 2 course and not intended for beginners. Registration will open in January 2020. More information on the Anderson Ranch website where you can sign up for their email list to be notified of the registration dates. More information to come about this workshop.
More information on their website:  Anderson Ranch Arts Center

PENINSULA  SCHOOL OF ART | Door County, Wisconsin | October 12 – 15, 2020

Course Title: Abstractions in Watercolor. Course Description: 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.
Member registration opens Tuesday, January 14th (anyone can become a member at the time of registration)
General registration opens Tuesday, January 28th
More information on their website: Peninsula School of Art

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