Joyce Hicks

Easy Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes With Easy-to-paint Shapes & Symbols

June 3-8, 2018 (Four Teaching Days)

Joyce will teach you how to create a unique visual language from common shapes found in the landscape! In her workshop you will create a collection of easy-to-paint symbols from these shapes 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  symbols 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 easy to paint and share her simple steps for turning boring 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 Joyce will cover in her workshop:

  • how to create landscape symbols from easy-to-paint shapes
  • how to simplify and streamline landscape scenes for strong, powerful compositions
  • working with photos, sketchbooks, value plans and color studies
  • how to avoid information overload in your paintings
  • create a personal journal of symbols to paint from
  • learn how to create beautiful landscape scenes form simple shapes & symbols
  • learn important planning strategies that will allow you to paint with confidence
  • working toward your own signature style by developing a visual language
  • daily lectures and demonstrations
  • one-on-one  instruction
  • 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. She is a three time award winner and Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society. Her work is widely published and also appears in many of the popular Splash Series Watercolor Books. Her painting "Out Santa Rosa Creek Road" was chosen by Watercolor Artist Magazine for the cover of their April 2011 issue and also included a full length feature story about her work and travels. Her latest accomplishment is a Fine Art Book published by North Light Books called "Painting Beautiful Watercolor Landscapes." She travels frequently in search of beautiful places to paint and enjoys conducting national and international watercolor workshops, giving gallery talks, demonstrations, and juroring watercolor exhibitions across the USA.

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, 6/3
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 6/4-6/7
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, 6/7
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 6/8
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.