Art Workshops Summer 2013 – Watercolor
Intermediate to Advanced
June 10-14, 9:30 am-4:30 pm
$750 + tax
CLASS IS FULL
Students in this workshop will paint from a historic photograph the first day, from the model for two days, and outdoors for two days. Mr. Reid will demonstrate each morning and the students will paint each afternoon, with help from Charles as needed. The goal of the class, whether working from the model, a photo, or the landscape, is to learn to simplify and avoid overworking, along with developing edge control and learning to paint with fresh color. A painting will start with contour drawing, concentrating on interconnecting shapes rather than individual isolated objects. Next will come direct painting, using as few overwashes as possible. Aiming for good paint consistency (the correct ratio of water and paint when the brush is loaded), the hope will be to achieve correct color, edge variety, and tonal value on the first try. Charles strongly advises students to review his recent books, Charles Reid’s Painting Solutions and Charles Reid’s Watercolor Secrets prior to the class. Both books are published by North Light.
Charles Reid has won numerous awards form the National Academy of Design. He has also received awards from the American Watercolor Society and the Institute of Arts and Letters. Charles is an Academician of the National Academy of Design. www.charlesreidart.com.
July 22-26, 9:30 am-4:30 pm
$595 + tax
Learn to think and paint in more abstract ways in this exciting, intense workshop. Discover new techniques and be exposed to new ideas. Focus is on the elements of texture, shape, value, color, line and the principles of design. Use unexpected materials to create a textured in painting. Use abstract design photos provided by instructor to create 4 quarter sheet abstract paintings. Create rich painting surfaces, using acrylic paint techniques, to transform a failed full sheet painting. Make an abstract design understructure as a basis for a painting. Learn to plan/paint an abstract painting using a grid design and a strata format. Use collage to learn composition and as a means of change. Learn to crop for good designs. Daily demonstrations and positive critiques help take the “fear out of painting.” Stressing the importance of content in one’s work, students learn to think and stretch their imagination. All painters, working in abstraction or realism, will benefit. Former students can bring starts to finish or receive new projects to explore.
Pat Dews is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society and the National Collage Society. Dews authored Creative Composition and Design and Creative Discoveries in Watermedia. Dews’ DVDs, “Designing Great Starts with Texture & Form” and “Let’s Get Started Finishing” are available through Cheap Joe’ Art Stuff. Her paintings have also been featured in numerous books and magazines. She teaches both nationally and internationally. Pat
has served as a juror for many National competitions, including the National Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition.
July 29-August 2, 9:30 am-4:30 pm
$595 + tax
This workshop will cover the basics of color relationships, value, composition and characteristics of light along with discovering techniques in creating dynamic paintings. Throughout the week participants will gain confidence in painting skills using spontaneous brushwork while exploring personal artistic directions and observing daily demonstrations. We will be painting outside and exploring some of the local beauty . Let’s discover the “how to’s” of producing great paintings with sound design through painting and visualizing new and challenging subject matter. The landscape, still life and architectural elements will be incorporated. The brush stroke will be emphasized in the understanding the idea of creating the illusion of form in a painting. While using fresh and painterly brushwork, confident expressive paintings will be developed. Learn how to handle edges, temperatures of color, mass, organize darks and lights, and incorporate value sketches in your work. We will be focusing on luminosity through painting landscapes, architecture and florals as well as plein air studies. Carr’s passion for art and enthusiastic, spirited teaching style makes this workshop a fantastic and inspiring experience filled with brave new directions for future paintings.
Betty Carr received her MFA from San Jose State University and has taught painting and sculpture for many years. As a professional artist throughout her distinguished career she has traveled extensively gathering inspirational subject matter. Carr is the author of the acclaimed instructional book, Seeing the Light: An Artist’s Guide, and her work is featured in numerous books including Creative Composition and Design, The Painter’s Workshop; Splash 5; Painter’s Quick Reference; Flowers; Landscapes; and Flower Pocket Pal. She has been featured in Southwest Art, Art of the West, American Artist, American Artist’s workshop and watercolor magazines, International Artist and Art Talk. Carr is a signature member of Knickerbocker Society of Artists and Arizona Plein Air Painters. She has received numerous juried awards as well as exhibited in major exhibitions and galleries throughout the country. Betty’s oil painting “Morning at Jerome” was on the cover of Southwest Art with a feature article on plein air painting, and article was in the June issue of Western Art. Her paintings can be seen in Mountain Trails Gallery, Sedona , AZ; Mountain Trails Gallery, Jackson, WY;.and Mountain Trails Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
She recently won a Merit Award at the Sedona Plein Air Festival, Sedona AZ, as well as the Best of Show for last year's event.