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2-DAY WORKSHOP! Watercolors - the Nordic Way with BJORN BERNSTROM. June 24-25, 2018. 10:30am-4:30pm

WATERCOLORS - the NORDIC WAY!
with BJORN BERNSTROM

2-DAY WORKSHOP $270
Sunday-Monday, June 24-25, 2018
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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1-DAY WORKSHOP $135
Friday, June 22, 2018
10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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FREE DEMO!
Saturday, June 23, 2018
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Bjorn will demonstrate many of his techniques, several of which he developed himself: how to utilize specific pigment properties to get formations of vegetation, shrubbery, land and foregrounds in landscape paintings.

Bjorn uses a lot of pigment in his paintings, always using tube colors, to get richer and more colorful results, more vibrant contrasts.

In the last decade, watercolor painting has become very popular in Sweden and the Nordic countries. Bjorn is one of the top sought-after instructors in the area. Since 2014 Bjorn has served as a board member of the Nordic Watercolor Society.

Come watch Bjorn create dramatic skies on full sheets by pouring paint from one of his yogurt buckets. Be prepared for a wet course.

Do it the Nordic Way!

MATERIALS LIST
Paper
* Saunders & Waterford (140/200/300lb fine grain CP)
* Arches (140/200/300lb fine grain CP)
My Palette (only tube colors)
Antwerpen BlueOther Colors:
French UltramarineCerulean Blue
Burnt UmberCobalt Turquoise
Raw UmberPayne's Gray
Burnt SiennaWinsor Red
Permanent RoseBrown Madder
Alizarin CrimsonIvory Black
New GambogePermanent Magenta
Yellow OchreRaw Sienna
Neutral TintLook at the results!
Brushes
Goat Hair (1 and 3 inches) Keep lots of water for big washes.
Sable Brush (no. 8 and 12)
Bristle Brush (very cheap) I cut it to become irregular. Great for random textures.
Synthetic brushes with a point.
Other Materials
Spray bottle
Masking tape
Masking fluid

FREE HANDS-ON PLAY DAY: Social Watercolor with Jodi Steele. June 10 and 24, 2018. 2pm-4pm

SOCIAL WATERCOLOR PLAY DAY!
with JODI STEELE

Sunday, June 24, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sunday, June 10, 2018
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

FREE and Hands-on!
Come on in.


So much color . . . so little time
Share and paint with other artists.

Social Watercolor -- Coffee and Treats provided!

FREE DEMO/CONVERSATION: Photography for Non-Photographer Visual Artists with RAY PFORTNER. June 27, 2018. 11am-12:30pm

PHOTOGRAPHY for NON-PHOTOGRAPHER VISUAL ARTISTS (for submissions, merchandising and artist reference, plus elements in collage and mixed media)
with RAY PFORTNER

FREE DEMO/LECTURE/CONVERSATION
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

These days, every visual artist needs skills in photography for self promotion and marketing in this media-social world. Portfolios are distributed digitally. Our artistic presence is legitimized by an online presence. Often we self-refer simply by our only presence being recommended and available to potential clients of the corporate and private sectors.

Ray's experience marketing himself and maintaining his career through the continuous changes in how artist get work and earn new clients will help all of us. Don't miss this conversation. Write down your questions and prepare with your preconceptions and ideas.


Ray Pfortner's BUSINESS of ART CONVERSATIONS are designed to help artists market their work successfully. Come for one or all of the series.

Wednesdays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
* May 9, 2018. 20 Practical Tips to Selling Your Art, The Originals and Much More
* May 16, 2018. Turning Your Art into Greeting Cards - and Cash
* June 6, 2018. Exhibiting Your Art - Why, Where, How
* June 20, 2018. Pricing Your Art - for Fine Art, Merchandise and Licensing
* June 27, 2018. Photography for Non-Photographer Visual Artists - for submissions, merchandising and artist reference plus elements in collage and mixed media

FREE DEMO: Painting Different Skin Types and Tones in Watercolor with MOLLY MURRAH. Jun 30, 2018. 11am-12:30pm

PAINTING DIFFERENT SKIN TYPES and TONES in WATERCOLOR
with MOLLY MURRAH

FREE DEMO!
Saturday, June 30, 2018
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

If you like to paint portraits, you’ve probably run across instances when deciding what colors to put in your skin tones has been a real challenge. For example, what are the differences between painting Caucasian as opposed to African American or Asian skin types?

Join Molly Murrah for a discussion and demonstration on how to achieve various skin tones while adding in life and color at the same time.

FREE DEMO: Watercolour - the Incredible Medium with ANGUS MCEWAN. July 15, 2018. 11am-1pm.

WATERCOLOR - the INCREDIBLE MEDIUM
with ANGUS MCEWAN

FREE DEMO!
Sunday, July 15, 2018
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

2-DAY WORKSHOP: $250
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OUTSIDE YOUR BOX of WATERCOLOURS
Monday - Tuesday
July 16-17, 2-18
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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3-DAY WORKSHOP: $375
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TEXTURES in WATERCOLOUR
Wednesday - Friday
July 18-20, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Angus explains how he creates his wonderful textures and tells about himself in the article he wrote for DANIEL SMITH: Watercolor Step by Step, "Shadow Watcher II"

Angus McEwan was born in 1963 in Dundee, Scotland. Angus studied at the Duncan of Jordanstone College Art in Dundee, graduating in Fine Art and a Post Graduate Diploma in the same discipline.

Angus was elected to the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours (1995) and in 2012 the Royal Watercolour Society. In 2005 he was recognized as an Associate of the International Guild of Realism USA.

Angus has been Finalist three times of the "International Artist Magazine" and won first place in the John Blockley Prize in the RI open exhibition. Angus has also won second prize in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition (2007) in London and the International Prize "Marche d'Acqua" Fabriano, Italy in 2012. In 2013 Angus won Bronze Award, at the Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial, in China.

Different galleries display McEwan’s works, including Ok Harris Gallery in New York and Quanhua Gallery, Shanghai. Recently highlighted in Shenzhen Biennale and the Qingdao Hall of Watercolor. He has exhibited in Fabriano, Italy in the "Marche d'Acqua" International Award, as special guest and Vicenza, Italy, where he had a solo show in the "Artbox". McEwan was one of the 23 finalists in Narbonne, France at the Concours Mondial de l'Aquarelle 2014 1st World Watercolour Competition. Angus also exhibited at the World Watermedia Exposition, Thailand and Myro Gallery, Greece. He also participated in the Second International Watercolour Exhibit in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Angus' work is in many private collections throughout the United Kingdom, Norway, Netherlands, Australia, Turkey, Italy, China and North America. He has had 23 solo exhibitions, numerous collective shows and has won 23 awards of different types. He has also held watercolour workshops and demonstrations in Fabriano, Vicenza, Bologna and Moscow in the past two years.

2-DAY WORKSHOP: Outside Your Box of Watercolours with ANGUS McEWAN. July 16-17, 2018. 10:30am-4:30pm

OUTSIDE YOUR BOX of WATERCOLOURS
with ANGUS MCEWAN

2-DAY WORKSHOP: $250
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OUTSIDE YOUR BOX of WATERCOLOURS
Monday - Tuesday
July 16-17, 2-18
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599

3-DAY WORKSHOP: $375
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TEXTURES in WATERCOLOUR
Wednesday - Friday
July 18-20, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599

FREE DEMO!
Sunday, July 15, 2018
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Angus explains how he creates his wonderful textures and tells about himself in the article he wrote for DANIEL SMITH: Watercolor Step by Step, "Shadow Watcher II"

OBJECTIVES: Use watercolour in a non-traditional technique; explore using watercolour in different ways including staining, collaging, acrylic resist, and thick paint including tints. Day 1 will look at put to work the staining qualities of watercolour on thin handmade papers such as Japanese/Chinese/Indian papers, mulberry tissue and thin watercolour paper for a source of collaging materials. Day 2 will explore methods of creating beautiful surface textures with acrylic and thick watercolour paint using a print method completely reinterpreted.

Day 1:(approx. 6 hours). Show examples of my work which include collage and demonstrate/discus the methods used to produce the effects. Thin pieces of handmade paper. Rip into smallish pieces and colour approximately with watercolour. Using the colours you see in front of you from your subject matter do variations of tones of each area by painting the pieces of ripped paper. While these are drying draw the still life composition on an A3 (11.7" x 16.5") piece of paper (or larger if you prefer) with a soft pencil. Go over the lines with ink/dark watercolour then collage the pieces of coloured paper down into the appropriate area and re work with watercolour, ink & acrylic, pastel.

Day 2:(approx. 6 hours). Show examples work made using using acrylic and watercolour combinations. Discus and demonstrate the methods and creative potential of the method. You will experiment with the technique and develop the ideas being explored into a smallish piece of art. I will provide reference material for the 2 day workshop.

SUPPLY LIST
* Drawing board
* Paper (a selection of watercolour paper-different surfaces OR bring HP)
* Watercolours (day 2) your favorite tubes. Recommended colors include Van dyke Brown or sepia, Prussian blue (to make black) and white gouache.
* Acrylic paints (recommend red, blue, yellow, black, white, brown and gold).
* Watercolour sticks or Caran d'Ache Neocolor is also recommended.
* Collage papers: thin Japanese or Indian papers
* Brushes. Watercolour brushes. Acrylic brushes. And a selection of brushes including old worn hog bristle would be great.
* Pencil selection. 4b or soft pencil. A sharpener and eraser
* OTHER
** compressed charcoal
** Glue for collaging (use Border adhesive clue from a hardware store--used for wallpaper--as this can be painted over the top with watercolour). Don't use a PVA type glue as it resists the watercolour
** water jar
** 2-plant spray bottles (cheap spray bottles)
** small sponge
** masking fluid

3-DAY WORKSHOP: Textures in Watercolour with ANGUS McEWAN. July 18-20, 2018. 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

OUTSIDE YOUR BOX of WATERCOLOURS
with ANGUS MCEWAN

3-DAY WORKSHOP: $375
001 901 480

TEXTURES in WATERCOLOUR
Wednesday - Friday
July 18-20, 2018
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599

2-DAY WORKSHOP: $250
001 901 479

OUTSIDE YOUR BOX of WATERCOLOURS
Monday - Tuesday
July 16-17, 2-18
10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Register at 206-223-9599

FREE DEMO!
Sunday, July 15, 2018
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Angus explains how he creates his wonderful textures and tells about himself in the article he wrote for DANIEL SMITH: Watercolor Step by Step, "Shadow Watcher II"

OBJECTIVES: This workshop aims to help you realize the true potential of watercolour: its ability to describe unique surface characteristics of different objects (from life). We will use numerous applications to explore and uncover the many possibilities available within the media. We will also study methods used by Andrew Wyeth and apply those techniques to appropriate reference material.

SUBJECT MATTER: Object drawing. Please bring around three objects of interesting texture for the class to share and study. We're looking for a range of different surfaces. Dried fruit (oranges, lemons, flowers, leaves, tree branch or drift wood etc.), rusty, old, broken and worn tools or machinery (not new). Angus will have photographs of objects as a backup, but of course live objects are much easier and interesting to work with.

WORKSHOP DAY 1 six hours or so
I will introduce my work with PowerPoint and demonstrate how I approach drawing an object quickly to achieve the essence of the subject. You will then look at drawing/painting your subjects using different methods that lead to simple wash and line drawings to build confidence and familiarity with material. Colour and layering.

TEXTURES. I'll show examples of some of my more elaborate techniques which are usually a combination of many things. I will then demo producing a series of textures and a variety of surfaces using watercolour. You will then produce your own sheet of textures. The idea is to experiment and find the limits of the media.

Once you have produced your texture sheet you will start working with different objects using some of the techniques you've discovered. Some people like to build up a watercolour sheet with many objects on it while some prefer to work on individual sheets of paper. The idea is to go beyond the first and second wash. I am looking for development of the painting surface to reveal the character of each object's surface. This works best when you choose new subjects to try different methods.

WORKSHOP DAY 2 six hours or so
We will make a study of Andrew Wyeth’s techniques. You will choose an image by Wyeth and do your own version. The purpose is to hone your interpretive skills and learn problems solving by learning (by doing) the methods another artist used successfully to recreate different surfaces using textures in watercolour. I will also demonstrate some of my methods and techniques.

WORKSHOP DAY 3 six hours or so
Using the skills established over the past few days you will continue those methods by working from photographic images (which I will supply) or objects of your choice. The idea is to discover new ways of interpreting your subjects using textures to develop alternative approaches for painting surfaces.

SUPPLY LIST
* Drawing board
* Paper (a selection of watercolour paper-different surfaces OR bring CP or HP, NOT rough)
* Watercolours: your favorite tubes and I recommended include Van dyke Brown or sepia, Prussian blue (to make black) and white gouache as well.
* Watercolour sticks or Caran d'Ache Neocolor is also recommended.
* Brushes. Watercolour brushes, a selection would be great including a worn hog bristle brush.
* Pencil selection. 4b or soft pencil. A sharpener and eraser
* OTHER
** water jar
** 2-plant spray bottles (cheap spray bottles)
** small sponge
** masking fluid

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