9:30 am – 4:00 pm
These watercolor workshops are open to artists of all skill levels, from novices to those who want to expand upon their watercolor painting experiences. The atmosphere of each workshop is that of a creative and stress-free learning environment, where students will learn the techniques and tricks of watercolor. It is a launchpad to encourage people to paint on their own after the workshop is over. For those with more watercolor experience, it is an opportunity to work through troublesome areas through thoughtful critique and discussion of ideas for technique. Watercolor, for many, is a life-long love, and the painting exercises are planned so that the skills learned will help artists pursue this beautiful medium.
Dates: as specified below for each workshop
Cost: $110 per student, per class.
Supplies: Bring your own supplies (a supply list is available from Arts on Main), or rent all supplies except watercolor brushes from the instructor for $15 per workshop (all students must bring their own set of brushes). Students who are renting supplies may pay the instructor directly the day of the workshop. The instructor will not have extra brushes to rent. Recommended brush sizes may be found on the general supply list.
Food and Beverage: Please bring your own lunch, snacks and drinks, or plan to get a fast lunch from a local establishment. A refrigerator is available to keep your things cold. There will be a 45-minute lunch break, and snacks may be eaten at your workstation throughout the day.
Reference photos: The instructor will provide photo or painting references from which to paint in each workshop, but students may bring their own theme-related references. An excellent source of copyright-free photos may be found at www.morguefile.com. Students may bring printed copies of what they want to paint, or bring an iPad from which to reference as they paint. (Neither Arts on Main nor the workshop instructor are responsible for loss or damage to electronic devices or other supplies.)
CELEBRATE THE BAY
September 16 (Thursday) from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Learn or expand upon your watercolor skills while creating paintings of our favorite scenes from the Chesapeake Bay. We will learn to paint water, reflections on the water, and wildlife. Feel free to bring your own photos of the bay, but photos from which to paint will be provided. Instructor demonstrations will get you started on the path to your own successful bay scene.
OCTOBER 14 (Thursday) from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate the vibrant colors of autumn by painting fall leaves and landscapes. This workshop will touch on negative painting, special effects, and color mixing. Reference photos will be provided, but feel free to bring your own photo of fall foliage. (Try to choose a pictures that are simple enough to paint during the workshop.
CREATIVE CHRISTMAS BOOT CAMP
NOVEMBER 11 (Thursday) from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Paint your own unique and beautiful Christmas cards, printable holiday invitations or notecards, and frameable festive art to decorate your home. Basic watercolor techniques will be covered and instruction will be given on how to mass produce your finished pieces. Holiday art to inspire and copy will be provided, but students are welcome to bring photos of their own liking from which to paint. This workshop is being done in November to give you ample opportunity to have your paintings printed as cards for mailing or framed for decorating.
BIG THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES
DECEMBER 2 (Thursday) from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This workshop will stir excitement over small paintings, whether intended to grace the shelves around your home or to be given as gifts over the Christmas holidays. Small paintings are an excellent opportunity to work your dry-brush techniques. There will be an emphasis on the painting of still life compositions, but students may break out of still-life confines to paint whatever they want (bring your favorite photo references). Please bring a couple small frames with you to use for your final paintings. (Suggested mat opening sizes can be 5” x 7” down to 3” x 5”, or you may prefer a square opening of 8” x 8” down to 4” x 4”. Do not feel you have to mat these pieces, so any small frame (no smaller than 3” x 5”) that suits your personality will do. TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby are excellent sources for small frames). Please make sure you have a couple small size watercolor brushes (such as No. 4 round and No. 1 round).