Carol Schulz

Nita Engle Style Watercolor Impressions for Landscapes

Sept 10-16, 2017 (Five Teaching Days)

For a third year at Dillman’s, we will explore Nita Engle’s impressionist techniques ideal for use in watercolor landscapes. We will explore multicolor washes and background tints, the strategic use of frisket and masking; the throwing and spritzing of paint and water to create the random patterns of believable foliage, an area with which many painters have trouble, and the use of strong shadows to create drama. This year, by popular request, I am adding an additional workshop day to deal exclusively with creating exciting skies and luminous water reflections. You will learn many tricks and shortcuts that make painting easier and the results better. New techniques are explored in class exercises, to give you time to master each. Then we incorporate what you have learned and practiced into one complex impressionist landscape painting.

I teach techniques that all watercolor painters, regardless of level of expertise, can add to their tool kit. It is my style to work interactively with workshop participants and I will be there with you to answer questions and address problems as they arise. We all make mistakes and all mistakes are correctable! Plan to have fun on this journey of watercolor exploration, as you watch your newly learned techniques paint your landscapes for you!

This workshop is fun and different from my 2015 and 2016 workshops. I invite you to come and play with color and expand your capabilities to create breath-taking foliage and landscapes. And, bring your sense of humor!

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Carol Schulz received her first formal art training as an undergraduate at Northern Illinois University. After continued education in non-arts fields (two Master’s Degrees and a Ph.D.), she became an award-winning university professor teaching Anthropology at Alfred University in NY State. Then she moved into the private sector and rose to vice president of an international corporation in technology, research, and engineering. Upon her retirement, she once again took up the brushes, but this time in a medium new to her - watercolor. “Cover new ground throughout your life; there’s no sense in plowing the same field over and over!”

Mostly self-taught, Schulz sought out specialized training from selected, admired watercolorists, including Mark Hobson of British Columbia, and Nita Engle and Tom Lynch. An impressionist at heart, Schulz uses bold colors and melds together diverse techniques to accomplish her work. “Do what works. And, paint what YOU and YOUR AUDIENCE enjoy! Nature is beautiful; make it so.” After over fifteen years of watercolor painting, showing, and marketing, she has sold 1500 paintings and several thousand prints. Her work can be found in homes and private collections on several continents.

Impressionism is best when it is just real enough to fool your eye into experiencing a believable landscape scene. Personally, I like to focus on the myriad variations of sky and foliage, the patterns they form, and their response to seasonal change. When looking at my landscapes I want you to be able to "feel" the air temperature and humidity, to "smell" the vegetation, to "hear" the sound of the rustling trees and the birds circling through the air. I would like you to feel invited to step through the picture frame and stand in the scene. This does not require a depiction of photographic reality. Painters are not photographers. We strive to go a step beyond that and transcend what your eye would see through a camera lens. Using impressionistic techniques, we fool your eye into experiencing detail that is implied, but not depicted. This works because the human brain instinctively strives to create order and completion where it does not exist. The mind will "fill in the blanks" created by impressionist techniques and make you believe in the scene's veracity. It is this universally human mental process that has kept impressionism popular for the last century, and continues to keep its images exciting and fresh. No matter how long you own a good impressionist painting, you will come back to studying it again and again. It will not fade into the wallpaper on which it hangs. It will keep luring your eye back to it to revisit the mind’s process of completion and to find exciting, new solutions. This process is rewarding to the human brain. It makes you feel good. This, I believe, is what makes impressionism timeless.

This is a Studio Only Workshop.
Something for All Levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $475
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $550
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $695
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $457
(There are 6 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, 9/10
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in package)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9/11-9/15
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Thursday, 9/14
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Saturday, 9/16
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Tuesday 7:30 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Friday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.