January 25-27, 3-Day Workshop 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Participants will learn techniques that allow the watercolorist to ‘think ahead’, and therefore limit common watercolor problems. Instruction will focus on learning skills of laying washes, wet-intowet, and highly refined finesse techniques to create luminous, highly realistic, transparent watercolors. We will work on building ‘good watercolor habits’, and develop brush handling skills. This workshop will include mini-lectures on color mixing, linear perspective and the illusion of depth & pictorial composition. Students will learn: the proper way to stretch paper, underpainting, glazing, layering, modeling, wet into wet painting, masking techniques, mixing color vs. achieved color, and defining an edge of a shape (hard vs. soft). For any level from beginner to advanced.
February 18-22, 5-Day Workshop 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Students will draw the figure from life from a single pose. The first day will be spent developing a block in, depicting all the essential information needed to render the figure. Comparative measurement, shape finding, plumb lines, and anatomy will be used to achieve an accurate representation of the figure. After the block-in is satisfactory, the students will begin rendering each form using the “finish as you go” approach. This means that each area is given a sufficient amount of time and attention to finish it to completion before moving onto the next area. Knowledge of anatomy, form, and light, will be used to achieve a highly detailed and informed academic figure drawing. Kathryn will do a brief demonstration at the beginning of each day as well as come around to each student to give individual critiques throughout the week. Beginning to advanced students are welcome.
Female model - fee extra.
March 8-10, 3-Day Workshop 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Choose from selected Van Dyck, Velazquez, or Bouguereau portraits. We will transfer the image right onto the canvas and begin painting the first class. You will be guided through the process of discovering their palette, mixing and matching their flesh tones, seeing the structure of the eyes, nose, and lips through their eyes, mimicking their brushstrokes and edges, and recreating the image to better understand what it takes to paint a masterpiece.
April 22 - 25, 4-Days 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Florals can be a daunting subject and we will try to make sense of the the beautiful forms which have fascinated and frustrated artists for centuries. Since flowers and plants tend to move from day to day and even hour to hour the students will draw and oil paint directly on the canvas with the brush only. The focus will be on capturing the essentials of the still life and finishing areas wet in to wet. I will give frequent demonstrations, help and critique as we explore the unique nature of flowers and plants in paint. For any level from beginner to advanced.
May 20 - 24, 5-Days 9:30 am - 4:30 pmWorkshop Full
If you paint a snow scene, your viewer should shiver.
A beach scene should let the viewer feel the warmth of the sun, and hear the seagulls.
To paint emotional landscapes, it's important to study with a master landscape artist who has conquered the nuances of light, the energy of the foliage, and the perfect balance of color — to create an atmosphere where you can tell the temperature just by looking at the scene.
John MacDonald is careful to emphasize that there are no secrets or shortcuts provided in this workshop. Instead, John will offer a fresh approach by giving you a deeper understanding of the entire process to create an important and visually stunning work.
John lays out the painting process in three steps: