I believe that beginner and intermediate watercolor projects do not have to be juvenile, simplistic compositions. I value the unique experiences and opportunities that test each of my students, regardless of their painting level. There is almost nothing that I haven’t adapted for these classes. Consequently, my students paint all types of landscapes, including those with complicated skies, buildings with perspective or multiple figures. We tackle still life and abstracts, floral compositions and collages. On occasion I arrange for a nude model to pose for us; my beginner/intermediate painters produce wonderful watercolor figure works.
We start each session with painting techniques, and often delve into rules of composition, principles of design and color theory. I give out supporting reading materials to my classes, and make reference notebooks for my workshops. I want my students to be able to apply what they’ve learned to future painting opportunities.
My goal is to make every class and workshop that I teach both exciting and challenging, whether it is a beginner class or an advanced class. I want all of my students to feel both artistically pushed and excited, and proud of their paintings.
This four-day workshop is designed for the advanced beginner through more experienced level watercolor painter. Each of the four days begins in the studio with technical instruction, where a particular challenge and goal are expressed for that day’s painting. Most of the day is spent outdoors, painting plein air. The unique trials of plein air painting are addressed and the newly learned watercolor techniques are incorporated into the day’s painting. Artworks created over the four days capture the inspiring scenery of Vermont while mastering new painting skills. Each day concludes in the studio late afternoon for a discussion/wrap up.
This particular workshop offers daily (optional) yoga and meditation sessions taught by a certified yoga instructor and physical therapist. The emphasis of these early morning sessions is to promote creativity and artistic expression, enhancing the student’s workshop experience. No extra charge for attendance.
Margie Teaching in her New Jersey Studio
Plein Air Frying Pan River, M. Samuels
Autumn on Sinking Creek, M. Samuels