Joyce Hicks

Paint Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes with Easy Shapes & Symbols

May 28-June 2, 2017 (Four Teaching Days)

Joyce will teach you how to create a unique visual language from common symbols found in the landscape! In her workshop you will create a collection of easy-to-paint symbols like fences, country roads and paths, tree forms, clouds, windows, grasses, barn doors, wildflowers, farmhouses, barns and more! At the end of the workshop you will have a wonderful “journal” of landscape elements to use as reference for creating beautiful paintings from your photos or from your imagination! Emphasis will be on concepts, techniques and strategies for turning ordinary scenes into extraordinary ones with watercolor. Joyce teaches simple easy-to-learn methods that will appeal to beginners as well as seasoned artists looking for renewed inspiration. You will learn from clear explanations her reasoning behind artistic decisions and visually from daily step-by-step demonstrations. She will show you how easy it is to deconstruct complicated subjects making them easier to paint and her simple steps for turning boring landscape scenes into exciting works of art. Afternoons will be devoted to one-on-one time with students. She brings her passion and love for teaching to inspire and motivate in a fun, fast-paced workshop!
Following are a few of the topics covered in her workshops.

  • how to create landscape symbols from easy-to-paint shapes
  • how to simplify and streamline landscape scenes
  • working with photos, sketchbooks, value plans and color studies
  • how to avoid information overload in your paintings
  • learn important principles for strong compositions
  • create your own personal journal of symbols to paint from
  • learn how to use symbols to create beautiful landscape scenes
  • learn important planning strategies that will allow you to paint with confidence
  • working toward a signature style by developing a visual language
  • daily lectures and demonstrations
  • one-on-one  instruction for all participants as group size allows
  • something for every level

Artist Statement
My wish is to connect with the landscape in an intimate and personal way. My purpose is to celebrate my vision with brush and paint in hope that the joy I feel will also be felt by those who view my work.

Artist Bio
Joyce is an award winning, internationally recognized artist who holds Signature Status Membership in the American Watercolor Society. She is self-taught and has been on a continuous journey acquiring knowledge and finding her inspiration in the landscape. Her work has been widely published and most recently appeared in the pages of the popular Splash 12, 13, 15 and 17 Books and the Art Journey America Landscapes Book. Her painting "Out Santa Rosa Creek Road" was chosen by Watercolor Artist Magazine for their April 2011 cover as well as a feature story about her work and travels. Her latest accomplishment is a Fine Art Book by North Light “Painting Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes” and several full-length instructional DVDs. She continues to travel frequently in search of beautiful places to paint and keeps a busy calendar presenting gallery talks, giving demonstrations and conducting watercolor workshops Internationally and across the USA. She is passionate about teaching others how they too can transform ordinary landscapes subjects into extraordinary ones using her simple, easy-to-learn methods and techniques.

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): $495
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $585
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $685
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $385
(There are 5 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, 5/28
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 5/29-6/1
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

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, 6/1
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 6/2
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)

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.