Upcoming Workshops

Nothing brings back travel experiences like a personal watercolor journal, and landscapes are a favorite, but challenging, subject. In this class you’ll learn techniques for simplifying and sketching landscape. Marilynn will lead you through basic sketching techniques, then help you tackle skies, land and water one by one. You’ll practice in the classroom with photos, then go outside to sketch the real thing. Expect demonstrations and a supportive atmosphere. This class will be a warm-up for Marilynn’s weeklong August class described below, Watercolor Travel Sketching: Focus on Landscape. Prior drawing experience is helpful, but not required.

 

  • NEW CLASS! WATERCOLOR TRAVEL SKETCHING: FOCUS ON LANDSCAPEThe Clearing Folk School, Ellison Bay, WI, August 13 – 19, 2017.  SORRY, THIS CLASS IS FULL 

Nothing brings back the exhilarating experience of travel like a personal watercolor journal, and landscapes are often a favorite subject for such a journal. But landscapes are complex! Shadows move, colors change, there’s too much stuff! So sketching them while traveling can be pretty challenging. In this class you’ll learn techniques for simplifying and sketching landscape so you can more easily capture its beauty wherever you go — whether to your local park or to scenic wonders like Grand Canyon. We’ll start your week with exercises to improve your sketching skills, rendering simple nature subjects in pencil and making your sketch come alive with ink and watercolor. Next we’ll break the landscape down into its three basic elements — sky, water and land — and tackle them one by one. In the lesson on sky, you’ll learn how to lay sky-washes and paint clouds. In the focus on water you’ll learn how to paint rivers, lakes, reflections, ripples and shorelines. In the unit on land, you’ll learn how to render ground cover, trees and rocks. Along the way, you’ll also learn how to compose a landscape; what to leave in, what to leave out; how to add shadows; and how to pull everything together with color. To prepare for working out-of-doors you’ll first practice your skills in the classroom using photos. Then we’ll go outside to sketch the real thing, painting skies, meadows, trees, rocks and water all around the Clearing. Topics will include choosing and simplifying your subject, sketching quickly in a limited time, managing your art materials outdoors and making notes about your experiences to add to your journal later on. Expect lots of instructor demonstrations and one-onone assistance in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Prior drawing experience is helpful, but not required, so all levels are welcome. 

SUPPLY LIST FOR BOTH CLASSES

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Pine behind The Schoolhouse, The Clearing Folk School – ink & watercolor on paper, 5 x 9