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A WHOLE PAINTING
USING DS WATERCOLOR STICKS

with JOAN WRIGHT

1-DAY WORKSHOP: $75
Sunday, July 29, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599

FREE DEMO!
Sunday, July 15, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Sticks are unique being only watercolor dehydrated enough to form a stick. There are no additives or waxes or fillers, so transparent color is simply transparent color. But, being in stick form, they let us draw and gesture with color in ways not possible with a brush. Still, we can use a brush to take color from the stick just as we do from pan color. Sticks are the ultimate in watercolor versatility.

Let's make a whole painting using just watercolor sticks. We can finish the whole thing in one day--that includes time to let paint dry. We all know watercolor must be allowed to dry, to have its own way moving and dancing around the paper on its own.

SUPPLY LIST
 * DS WATERCOLOR STICKS
   * bring the colors of your palette, the colors you need to complete your painting.
      ** I use at least two yellows, a PrimaTek, and a couple more colors
      ** it might be useful to give yourself a couple options for a small palette or two
 * PAPER
   * sketch or drawing paper/pad. we want to plan our composition
   * 100% cotton watercolor paper. bring CP, R, HP, a variety to test how far we can push the sticks
   * WC paper scraps to test our technique
 * BRUSHES
   * the stick lying on its side functions as a brush
   * hake or large flat
   * large quill
   * large round
   * sponges
 * PALETTE
   * whatever you use to wet your sticks and keep them handy
   * I found this at the grocery store for around $3
   * it holds 10 sticks: plenty for one painting
 * OTHER TOOLS
   * drawing pencil HB
   * masking fluid or resist crayon
   * sketches of your subject, or preliminary drawings
   * painting knife or credit card
   * X-acto knife to shape sticks
   * any tool you use to make a mark with color

1-DAY WORKSHOP: From Sketchbook to Studio - Painting Light in Watercolor with IAIN STEWART. July 31, 2018. 10:30am-4:30pm

FROM SKETCHBOOK to STUDIO, PAINTING LIGHT IN WATERCOLOR
with IAIN STEWART

1-DAY WORKSHOP: $125
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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2-DAY WORKSHOP: $250
Wed-Thurs, Aug 1-2, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment. Iain Stewart's sole focus will be bringing your creativity to light and helping you dispel the myths of the difficulties of painting in this wonderful medium. Given the right encouragement and understanding of the basic fundamentals, watercolor is a creative outlet unmatched for its ease of use, cost of materials, and pure enjoyment of artistic expression.

Through demonstration, thoughtful critique, and lessons learned over a long painting career, Iain will help you understand how to prepare for and anticipate the challenges that painting in watercolor presents. By guiding you through his process which relies on simplification of subject through exploratory sketching and value studies Iain will demonstrate how to create a road map, that if followed, will greatly improve your painting.His purpose is to provide you with a repeatable process involving carefully planned steps that you can use for painting any subject.

Students will follow Iain's group demonstrations from photographs provided by him - more experienced painters are encouraged to work from their own photography. The class setting is very relaxed and accommodating to all quite often with a broad mix of experience and skill levels represented. Most importantly, Iain allows as much time as possible for one on one instruction and critique. After all, a workshop should focus on the student and not how well the instructor can paint. In the end it's about you and your experience and whether it will help you to continue on your artistic journey.

“Behind all good paintings there is the initial spark of inspiration and excitement. Every artist has a different approach to working from that idea to something tangible. At times that vision is realized and, sadly, quite often it is not. Not to fear. Our mistakes teach us more about where that vision was lost and how to fix it than any piece that is successful. There is a simple tool, that if used with regularity, will begin habits that will change the way you approach your work and see the world in ways you cannot imagine. It’s often overlooked and underused. In short your sketchbook. There is no other tool at your disposal better suited to allow you to explore your ideas with abandon and a carefree attitude than a sketch.

Iain Stewart is a signature member of both the American and National Watercolor Societies amongst many others. His work has received top awards in international competition. In addition to working as a fine artist and workshop instructor, Iain is an architectural illustrator with an international clientele and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Architecture at Auburn University.

MATERIALS LIST
 * A sketchbook. I use a Stillman & Birn Alpha Series 9" x 11" hardbound sketchbook. If you already have a sketchbook it will be suitable as long as the paper is 100% cotton rag and is at least 70lb.
 * I use Arches or Saunders Waterford 140lb Cold Press or rough paper in addition to loose sheets of Stillman & Birn Beta series papers. Bring twice as much paper as you expect to use. We will typically work at 1/4 sheet and do at least one demo a day.
 * A stretching board. I use masonite, or gator board and (Scotch brand) masking tape to affix the paper to the board.
 * Drafting or masking tape 1” size
 * A water holder and small spray bottle.
 * A watercolor palette. I use a folding metal travel palette by Craig Young or the Shy Artist Palette
 * Paper towels- I use Viva, it’s extremely absorbent and works well. Do not use dyed or patterned towels
PAINT and BRUSHES
 * Brushes- you will need a small, medium, and large watercolor brush. I recommend the Escoda Perla and Versatil series short handled rounds No's 14 and a Versatil 3/4" flat. A squirrel or synthetic mop brush is a very useful tool as well. I also have a small Perla No 4 that I occasionally use. Be sure not to purchase low quality brushes at discount retailers. I also, at times, use an Escoda Ultimo mop No.14. I also use a palette knife on occasion. a brush carrier. I use a japanese bamboo carrier but anything that protects your brushes while in a bag will work.
 * Paint- I use primarily Daniel Smith Artist's watercolors. I do not suggest using student grade paint. The only difference is the amount of pigment used and your work will look much more washed out than mine.There are many manufacturers out there and I have tried most of them. Daniel Smith, Winsor and Newton, Holbein, M. Graham, Rembrandt, are all suitable. Do not buy cake or block colors.
   * Full Palette (only as a suggestion- we can typically make your colors work. I do use the Quinachridone Orange and Cobalt blue quite a bit)
      ** New Gamboge
      ** Lemon Yellow
      ** Raw Sienna
      ** Quinachridone Burnt Orange
      ** Quinachridone Burnt Scarlet
      ** Sedona- or another terra cotta red
      ** Permanent Alizarin Crimson
      ** Cadmium Red Scarlet Hue
      ** Imperial Purple
      ** Neutral Tint
      ** Cobalt Blue
      ** French Ultramarine Blue
      ** Undersea Green
      ** Greenish Yellow- Holbein
      ** Zinc White (gouache)
      ** Naples Yellow (gouache)
      ** additional colors-
          *** Cobalt Turquoise
          *** Phthalo Turquoise
          *** Raw Umber
          *** Burnt Umber
OTHER MATERIALS
Any other watercolor materials you generally use. In most cases the materials you already own will work. I would, however, suggest that you have at least one large wash brush and use artists' quality pigments and 100% cotton rag paper.

WORKSHOP: Discovering Your Artistic License with JENNA HOWELL. Aug 3, 2018. 11am-3pm

DISCOVERING YOUR ARTISTIC LICENSE
with JENNA HOWELL

WORKSHOP: $50
Saturday, August 3, 2018
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Register at 206-223-9599

Are you stuck in an artistic rut with your watercolors? Or do you tend to 'copy' other artists' work? Breakout of the habit of copying and discover your artistic license to create truly unique works of art!

Jenna Howell will teach you the fundamentals of the shaping an original watercolor landscape. Some of the topics discussed in this workshop include: analyzing and 'editing' a photograph to transform it into a completely different and new work of art, color theory for making your painting more interesting, adding and highlighting areas of interest, and using your artistic license and imagination to benefit your viewer and yourself.

Coffee, treats and wonderful association with fellow artists provided!

All levels of artistic experience welcome!

RECOMMENDED SUPPLIES
 *  2 pieces of Arches brand watercolor paper cut to 8"x10"
 *  DANIEL SMITH Watercolors
   *  French Ultramarine Blue
   *  Prussian Blue
   *  Alizarin Crimson
   *  Black Tourmaline
   *  Hansa Yellow Medium
   *  Green Apatite Genuine
   *  Aussie Red Gold
 *  Round brushes sizes 10 or 12
 *  Liner brush size 2  *  Flat brush size 3/4"
 *  Pencil

FREE DEMO: Watercolor with BRENDA SWENSON. Aug 11, 2018. Time TBD

WATERCOLORS
with BRENDA SWENSON

FREE DEMO!
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Time TBD
Reserve your seat at 206-223-9599

See Brenda's other great events!
3-DAY WORKSHOP: NEGATIVE PAINTING with WATERCOLOR
Sunday-Tuesday, August 12-14, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Workshop Skill Level: Intermediate and beyond. Not for beginners
Call to add your name to the wait list at 206-223-9599

3-DAY WORKSHOP: ILLUSTRATED JOURNAL with WATERCOLOR
Wednesday-Friday, August 15-17, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Workshop Skill Level: All
Call to add your name to the wait list at 206-223-9599

Brenda Swenson is the artist author of three books, Keeping a Watercolor Sketchbook (Award of Excellence Finalist) and Steps toSuccess in Watercolor, and her new travel journal From Prague to Berlin: An Artist's Journey. Her paintings and sketches have been featured in Splash 11, 12 & 14, Artistic Touch 4, Creative Freedom, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magazine, Watercolor Highlights, Wheels of Time, Plein Air Magazine and numerous other publications. Brenda has achieved signature status in WW, NWWS, and SDWS. An active participant in the arts community she has served on the board of directors for the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. She is in demand to demonstrate and teach her painting, sketching and collage techniques to groups nationwide and abroad.

Email: SwensonsArt@gmail.com Website: www.SwensonsArt.net Blog: www.BrendaSwenson.blogspot.com

3-DAY WORKSHOP: Negative Painting with Watercolor with BRENDA SWENSON. Aug 12-14, 2018. 10:30am-4:30pm

NEGATIVE PAINTING
with WATERCOLOR

with BRENDA SWENSON

3-DAY WORKSHOP
Sunday-Tuesday, August 12-14, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Workshop Skill Level: Intermediate and beyond. Not for beginners
Call to add your name to the wait list at 206-223-9599
SUPPLY LIST at the end of this blog post

NEGATIVE PAINTING with WATERCOLOR
Discover the dynamic results of negative painting! Learn how to suggest shapes by painting around them, and avoid overworked painting. Learn techniques for creating overlapping and interlocking shapes, and lost edges. Gain an understanding of color theory (directly related to watercolor pigments) and improve your paintings with rich, loose and glowing colors, glazing, wet into wet, charging colors and more! Learn to be inventive and take your paintings to the next level. Students will benefit from informative demonstrations, friendly critiques, and one on one help.

See Brenda's other great events!
FREE DEMO! WATERCOLORS
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Time TBD

3-DAY WORKSHOP: ILLUSTRATED JOURNAL with WATERCOLOR
Wednesday-Friday, August 15-17, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Workshop Skill Level: All
Call to add your name to the wait list at 206-223-9599

Email: SwensonsArt@gmail.com Website: www.SwensonsArt.net Blog: www.BrendaSwenson.blogspot.com

RECOMMENDED (not mandatory) SUPPLY LIST
My supply list is not mandatory . . . however you'll want to avoid student grade paint that contains white or looks opaque. I always use Arches 140lb cold press watercolor paper for paintings.
Please read: The Workshop Experience


Palette: John Pike palette 15x10 with 20 wells
Watercolors: Daniel Smith watercolors unless noted differently. I may add or subtract colors.
  * Hansa Yellow Medium
  * Raw Sienna (Winsor & Newton)
  * Quinacridone Gold
  * Permanent Yellow Deep
  * Anthraquinoid Scarlet
  * Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  * Quinacridone Rose
  * Imperial Purple
  * French Ultramarine
  * Phthalo Blue GS
  * Cobalt Blue
  * Manganese Blue Hue
  * Cobalt Teal Blue
  * Phthalo Turquoise
  * Green Gold
  * Phthalo Green BS
  * Quinacridone Burnt Orange
  * Transparent Red Oxide or Burnt Sienna (Winsor & Newton)
  * Payne's Gray (any brand)
Brushes:
  * Rounds: assorted sizes 6 to 14
  * Flats: Da Vinci 5080 series sizes 20mm and 2 inch (or a larger brush for wetting paper)
Paper: I use 140 lb Arches cold press paper. DO NOT bring student grade paper or pads. Pre-cut your paper to quarter sheets (11x15 inches). Bring six pieces.
Miscellaneous Items:
  * Board to support paper
  * tape or clips
  * paper towels
  * two water bowls
  * three small dishes (condiment size)
  * spray bottle
  * Pencils: 2B or 4B
  * Erasers: kneaded and white vinyl
Reference Photos: I provide reference photos that directly relate to the lessons. You'll have an opportunity to use your own photos toward the end of the workshop.

3-DAY WORKSHOP: The Illustrated Journal with Watercolor with BRENDA SWENSON. Aug 15-17, 2018. 10:30am-4:30 pm

The ILLUSTRATED JOURNAL
with WATERCOLOR

with BRENDA SWENSON

3-DAY WORKSHOP
Wednesday-Friday, August 15-17, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Workshop Skill Level: All
Call to add your name to the wait list at 206-223-9599
SUPPLY LIST at the end of this blog post

The ILLUSTRATED JOURNAL with WATERCOLOR is the creative process of merging images and words together on a page. In the workshop we will explore fun and exciting ways to be creative with images, words and page design. Each day we’ll explore different drawing techniques, watercolor, and ink. Whether you’re interested in creating an illustrated journal for travel, gardening, daily life…amazing things happen when you put images and words together. You’ll come away from the workshop excited and inspired about your work! Best of all your illustrated journal will uniquely reflect your style and creative voice. Workshop participants will benefit from demonstrations, encouragement and individual help.

See Brenda's other great events!
FREE DEMO! WATERCOLORS
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Time TBD
3-DAY WORKSHOP: NEGATIVE PAINTING with WATERCOLOR
Sunday-Tuesday, August 12-14, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Workshop Skill Level: Intermediate and beyond. Not for beginners
Call to add your name to the wait list at 206-223-9599

Email: SwensonsArt@gmail.com Website: www.SwensonsArt.net Blog: www.BrendaSwenson.blogspot.com

RECOMMENDED (not mandatory) SUPPLY LIST
Please read: The Workshop Experience

Palette: Heritage Folding Palette with 18 wells
Watercolors: Daniel Smith watercolors unless noted differently. I may add or subtract colors.
  * Green Gold
  * Hansa Yellow Medium
  * Raw Sienna Light (DS) or Raw Sienna (Winsor & Newton)
  * Quinacridone Gold
  * Permanent Yellow Deep
  * Anthraquinoid Scarlet
  * Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  * Quinacridone Rose
  * Imperial Purple
  * French Ultramarine
  * Cobalt Blue
  * Manganese Blue Hue
  * Cobalt Teal Blue
  * Phthalo Turquoise
  * Phthalo Green BS
  * Quinacridone Burnt Orange
  * Transparent Red Oxide (DS) or Burnt Sienna (Winsor & Newton)
  * Lunar Black
Brushes:
  * Rounds: assorted sizes 6 to 14
  * Flats: Da Vinci 5080 series size 20mm
Sketchbook for Journal: My favorite is Stillman & Birn Beta. The sketchbooks come in a variety of sizes, bindings (stitch and coil), covers (hard and soft). Whatever sketchbook you choose, look for paper dense enough to handle washes without warping or bleeding through. It's your choice of size and brand.
Drawing Pad: Inexpensive paper for warm-ups and exercises. Size 9 x 12 or 11 x 14. White paper, not newsprint.
Pens: I like them all from cheap disposable to pricey fountain pens. I equally like water-soluble and water-proof in. Here are a few suggestions.
  * Waterproof:
    * Pitt by Faber-Castell
    * Micron
    * Copic
    * NO sharpies for sketching, please.
  * Water-Soluble:
    * Tombow pens have two tips:
        * one end has a stiff drawing nib
        * the opposite end has a brush tip
        * I use neutral colors: Burnt Sienna, Ochre, Gray, etc.
Pencils and Eraser
Miscellaneous Items: clips, paper towels for clean-up, water container, small spray bottle.
Reference Material: bring a variety of visual material that inspires you (photos, sketches, travel brochures, snap shots, etc . . .
Props: bring items to draw from and share (silk fruits and veggies, old books, tea cups, old kettles, glass bottles [mason jars, colored glass . . . ], hand tools [hammers, pliers, wrenches, screw drivers . . . ], and other fun junk).
ALSO: In addition to props, bring at least one personal object, something that has sentimental meaning (old pocket watches, baby shoes, jewlery, a pocket knife . . ). these objects are to be kept with you and not put out on the props table.

2-DAY WORKSHOP: The Basics and Beyond in Watercolor with RON STOCKE. Aug 24-25, 2018. 10:30am-5pm

THE BASICS & BEYOND
in WATERCOLOR

with RON STOCKE

2-DAY WORKSHOP: $250
Saturday-Sunday,
August 25-26, 2018

10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Register at 206-223-9599

Perfect for all levels of watercolor students, especially those wanting to learn great direct painting technique! Award-winning artist and instructor Ron Stocke will show you the important steps of a watercolor painting from beginning to end. Learn how to start, develop, and successfully finish paintings, achieving strong values and simplified shapes. The 2-day format will allow each student to complete paintings of their own to take home.

FREE DEMO: Watercolor and Watermedia Topics TBA with JEAN PEDERSON. Sept 8, 2018. 11am-1pm


WATERCOLOR and WATERMEDIA TOPICS TBA
with JEAN PEDERSON

FREE DEMO!
Saturday, September 8, 2018
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

2-DAY WORKSHOP: $250
001 900 499

Sunday and Monday
September 9-10, 2018

10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Register at 206-223-9599

3-DAY WORKSHOP: $375
001 900 499

Tuesday-Thursday
September 11-13, 2018

10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Details and supply lists to come shortly.

1-DAY WORKSHOP: Acrylics - Pour, Stream and Marble with BARBARA DE PIRRO. Sept 15, 2018. 10am-4pm

POUR, STREAM and MARBLE
with ACRYLICS

with BARBARA DE PIRRO

1-DAY WORKSHOP: $115
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Register at 206-223-9599
001 900 878


Discover a full range of acrylic products and techniques that allow you to develop succulent rich surfaces. We will explore Fluid & High Flow Paints combined with various gels & mediums transforming each into luminous pours, streams and marble effects. All of these products have their own distinctive characteristics, each responds in surprisingly unique ways. Come with a sense of adventure and leave with samples to inspire future artwork. Your time will alternate between group demonstrations & self exploration, creating your own personal sample boards, a reference that will prove to be an invaluable resource for all future projects.

All products graciously provided by Golden Artist Colors.
Most other supplies & tools provided by instructor.


Artists should bring the following:
- pre-cut mat board, illustration board, canvas board, masonite or wood panels (8-10 pieces, no larger than 10”) Pre-coat each with white Gesso.
- Paint palette (you may even use recycled plastic lids or Styrofoam trays, etc.)
- Paper towels
- Apron or paint shirt
- clear plastic sheeting; will be used underneath especially drippy samples while working, on the floor for additional drying space & at the end of the class to help in transporting wet samples.
- Box lids or trays for transporting wet samples

Products used in class:
- Gloss Medium
- Fluid Matte Medium
- Airbrush Medium
- GAC 800
- Self Leveling Gel
- Tar Gel
- Fluid Acrylic Paints
- High Flow Paints

De Pirro Art Workshop Links:
http://www.goldenpaints.com/wap/barbara.de%20pirro/8
http://www.eventbrite.com/o/barbara-de-pirro-4165162463
https://www.facebook.com/depirroworkshops

De Pirro Art Links:
http://www.depirro.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/De-Pirro-Studio/371920172908649
https://instagram.com/de_pirro_studio/

FREE DEMO: Creating 3D Space, (or not!) in Landscapes - in OOZE with CATHERINE GILL. Sept 22, 2018. 11:30am-1pm

CREATING 3D SPACE
(OR NOT!) IN LANDSCAPES IN OOZE!

with CATHERINE GILL

FREE DEMO!
Saturday, September 22, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Intermediate Level
WORKSHOP: $190

001 901 277
Saturday-Sunday
October 13-14, 2018

10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599
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Being able to adjust value contrast, color temperature, intensity and edges are how a painter moves the viewer's eye around a painting. Deciding to tamp these down, or ramp them up, creates three dimensional space in a painting, or to flattens the view, making a more shallow depth and a more contemporary look.
By creating wet layers of watercolor with pastel 'oozed' in, we can take full advantage of playing with 3D Space during the process of painting. Come and see what this is all about!

Open to intermediate watercolorists.