Steve Rogers

Painting Color & Light in Watercolor

August 20-25, 2017 (Four Teaching Days)

In this workshop Steve will give you the tools to create painterly and believable watercolors; but more importantly, you will seek to go beyond merely "copying" the subject. An artist needs to also paint from his heart and seek to communicate the emotional and spiritual beauty of God's creation. Steve paints and teaches in a very straightforward traditional manner because he believes he can most honestly say what he wants to with his brush and juicy watercolor paint. You will learn about light and color and the way watercolor behaves, dealing with dark values in watercolor, painting reflections and much, much more. The goal is to encourage each artist to advance their own vision and to improve the skills necessary to communicate that in watercolor. There will be mini demos and full paintings with plenty of student painting time and personal help available daily.

Steve Rogers was the National Watercolor Society Purchase Award Winner "Best of Show" in the 2006 NWS Annual Juried Exhibition. Steve's paintings have won hundreds of awards in juried competitions including four awards in the American Watercolor Society Annual International Exhibitions where his paintings have been included 9 of the last 13 years. He is a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society and was an Ambassador/Director of AWS and is also a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. He was the National Invited Juror for the AWS Annual Exhibition and served on the jury of selection for 2007 and was the Chairman or the Jury of Awards for the 2010 AWS Exhibition and will be the juror of selection for TWSA along with his wife Janet and will be the Awards Judge for TWSA in 2014. In addition he has judged many other national, regional. and state exhibitions. Steve's work was the featured cover article in the Winter 2007 issue of "American Artist's Watercolor Magazine". He is also a signature member of the Florida Watercolor Society, where he has won 16 awards including three for Second Place.

Steve Rogers was born August 18, 1947 in New York City. He attended Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois in 1969. His father, Henry Rogers, was a commercial artist who would often paint at home when Steve was a child. He studied in New York with artist Harold Stevenson who would go on to found the prestigious Stevenson Academy of Fine Arts, and later with legendary watercolor painter and instructor Robert E. Wood. Steve has made a career of painting since 1975. He lives at 26 Sunset Boulevard, Ormond Beach, Florida 32176 Ph.(904)441-4930, with his wife Janet Rogers AWS.

Steve traveled to Greece for the first time in 1992 to teach a watercolor workshop and has returned to Greece, Italy, France and Spain nearly every year since. These experiences have had a profound impact on the color, the sense of light and place, and overall direction of his painting. "God is light" I John 1:5. I paint the light, which is a reflection of God's beauty, and it makes my work as an artist both joyful and rewarding.

Rogers' work is represented in many public collections, including the Florida Senate Collection, The Orlando Civic Center, the Ocean Center Convention Center, Daytona Beach, the Orlando International Airport, the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, and the United States Fifth District Courthouse.

Corporate collections include Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL.(18 paintings); Euro-Disney, Paris, France (16 paintings); AT&T Card national headquarters, Jacksonville, FL; AT&T Orlando, FL; Arthur Anderson Corporation, Chicago, IL.; Bank of America, Orlando, FL Sun Trust corporate headquarters, Orlando, FL; Barnett Banks corporate headquarters, Orlando, FL; Enron Corporation, Houston, TX; Flagship Banks corporate headquarters, Miami, FL; Florida Gas - Continental Resources, corporate headquarters, Winter Park, FL; American Laser Corporation, Chicago, IL; Miami Herald, Miami, FL; U.S.Trust, Palm Beach, FL; Outlet Broadcasting Corporation, Orlando, FL; and Centrosin Management inc., Glifada, Greece (a large Greek shipping corporation which has five of my Greek paintings). 

One man shows include Albertson-Petersen Gallery, Winter Park, FL; Brevard County Art Center and Museum, Melbourne, FL; Albertson-Petersen Gallery Olympia Place, Orlando, FL; G. Sanders Fine Art Gallery, Daytona Beach, FL; Art League of Daytona Beach; Ormond Beach Art Gallery and Museum.

Group exhibitions include: American Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition and Traveling Show 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997,1985. National Watercolor Society Annual Exhibition and Traveling Show, 2006, 1998, 1997 Museum of Arts and Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL, 1989. Casements Art Gallery, Ormond Beach, FL, 1989. Museum Choice - Orlando Museum of Art at Loch Haven, 1987.. Florida Watercolor Society Annual Exhibitions, 1987-81, 1984-2010.

Select awards include: National Watercolor Society – "Best of Show" National Watercolor Society Purchase Award Northwest Watercolor Society Award 2006, 1998 American Watercolor Society –Ogden and Mary Pleissner Memorial Award, 2005,Magery Soroka Memorial Award, 1999. Hotel Des Artistes Tribute to Mario Cooper Award, 1998. Margery Soroka Memorial Award, 1997.

Recent Articles and Books and instructional DVDs include:

  • 7 Secrets of Painting Reflections in Watercolor, Artist Pallet Productions DVD, available now at Cheap Joe's.
  • American Artist's Watercolor, "Inspiration at Higher Levels". Winter, 2007.
  • Watercolor Magic, "2006 Winners", February, 2007.
  • Watercolor Magic, "Every Stroke Counts". Winter, 1998.
  • Article in Halifax Magazine, March, 1999.
  • Featured in A Gallery of Marine Artists, published 1999.
  • A chapter on painting abroad in, The One Hour Watercolorist, a Northlight Book published in 2000.
  • chapter on Reflections in Expressing the Visual Language of the Landscape
  • International Artist / Northlight book published in 2001.

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): $480
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $495
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $535
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $385
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary




Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, 8/20
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 8/21-8/24
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, 8/24
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 8/25
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.