Moderator: Turi MacCombie
Role of participants: Participants should bring their own supplies, and a suggested list will be provided. It would be helpful if everyone had an idea of what subject matter they would like to work with. Photographs are fine, as are still life set-ups they can bring themselves. (Although be aware of the inherent difficulty of still lifes!) I will bring my own extensive file of photos that I think would make good subject matter. Anything can be used, including tapping into one’s imagination as the inspiration for a painting.
Number of participants (including the moderator): 10-12 [8 week seminar]
Time: Mondays, 1:00–3:00 pm [Note: earlier time; 8 week seminar – starts one week late and ends one week early; no seminar October 19]
Place: Hitchcock Center for the Environment, 525 South Pleasant Street, Amherst
Parking: Ample parking on site
This will be a class on the techniques of watercolor. Participants will produce their own watercolors, guided by me, and hopefully inspired as well by others in the class. I will do demonstrations from time to time to show different techniques. Participants will be encouraged to follow their own leads, and choose subject matter that excites them.
This will be a class primarily on watercolor technique, and I will urge everyone to be bold, trust in the serendipitous, and keep it fun. A list of supplies will be provided, and everyone should be aware that the expense can be considerable. Although my own work is quite realistic, if your desire is to paint like John Marin, I will help guide you in that direction as well. Watercolor painting has an undeserved reputation of being unforgiving and difficult. It does have limitations, but overall, the medium is a joy to work in, very rewarding, and one can correct mistakes!
The Moderator: I have been painting watercolors since I was a student in art school. For many years, while living in NYC, I did children’s book illustration, but for the past 20 years have been painting exclusively for galleries. My work tends to be large-scale, and focuses mostly on animals and florals. I am currently with Michelson Gallery in Northampton. Over the years I have taught watercolor workshops for the beginning and advanced student.