Fast, personal, fresh, memorable, a Pocket Sketch, as taught by Kath Macaulay is the answer to the problems of watercolor and working in public. Included is a day of journaling, with what to take and how to use it, plus use of the Micron pen for extremely quick sketches.
This workshop is ideal for the beginner wanting a launch into creating art anywhere, fearlessly, and for the professional who wants extreme portability, freshness of impression, minimal equipment, speed, no interruptions and no clean-up. Much one-on-one support with frequent educational critiques. Learn enough to play for a lifetime!
We all miss gathering an impression of a fleeting moment because of the cumbersomeness of hauling out, setting up, cleaning up and packing away our usual oil and watercolor equipment. Instead, learn pocket sketching, the perfect technique for travel journaling, hiking, biking, sauntering, sitting in a café or the airport. Capture what you think you see in 25 minutes or less using a water soluble pen, a 4"x6" pad of paper and a small paint set. Learn speed, focal point, vitality in expression, contrast and color. The workshop includes several of the watercolor techniques of Sargent and uses photos of his watercolors extensively as teaching examples.
Equipment: minimal. Instructor brings all supplies.
When on location, all materials are within your personal space: hence nobody interrupts and nothing needs to be put down. The paint set is the shelf under the pad while working, is steadied with one hand, leaving the other free to sketch and paint. The optional custom fanny pack has a cross-body strap and an inside pocket for identification, passport, etc., it negates the need for a purse or billfold.
Testimonials from past workshops "I am so very grateful that it worked out for me to take the workshop. My experience of you is that you are a fine, very inventive, skilful, gentle, kind, fearless teacher. I am still in awe of your gesture/life drawing section of the course. Wow! I especially appreciated how much information you imparted - much of it distilled in little asides. Your humility and willingness to share years of experience in trial and error, mistakes and discernments is truly remarkable. I thank you for that." Sincerely, Nancy Jane
“You just changed my life: I can do this!”
Suzy from Canyon Ranch who had previously taken 5 watercolor workshops with total frustration and failure.
History of Pocket Sketching: Started in about ’86 by accident on a painting trip as an offshoot to ‘wash drawing’, a difficult technique done with India ink. The India ink indelible line is drawn and immediately ‘run’ with water from a brush to obtain different values, or shades, to either side of the line. If you’re not quick enough, you get just a line drawing that can never be changed. If ink spills, it’s permanent, including on your beige leather upholstery. I picked up a water-soluble pen to write to a friend. The brush was always in my hand, by habit. I hit the line, also by habit, and it ran just like with India ink. It was a wash drawing without traditional India ink. Until used with water, the line can be used for years in a wash drawing. It never spills. It mixes perfectly with watercolors, providing the ‘shade’ of almost every color. It is the ‘bridge’ to learning watercolor easily and quickly.
Benefits: A quick personal way of recording what’s immediately in front of you. Meditation. No fear of being “watched” because you’re in your personal space. Ease of carrying. Always ready. No clean up. Pocket sketching is easy to learn for absolute beginners and advanced artists. Go anywhere. Capture your impression, the thing that caught your eye in the first place. Perfect for travel, hiking, biking, standing in line, dining, the symphony, or anywhere you might have been bored.
My goal is to impart my technique to the class and to help each person realize they are really 'getting it' and they are far exceeding what they think they are capable of achieving. To me it's totally exciting to help each person discover his/her ability, while learning a sketching technique to use anywhere for life. The object is to catch the vitality of the quick sketch instead of tight illustration: that initial impression is what caught your eye. This is personal participation with the environment, which the camera cannot replicate! Teaching Pocket Sketching has been my delight and I expect to continue for years! All I can say is, I change lives. Nothing can be more rewarding.
Credentials for Kath Macaulay: BS in biology, Oregon State Univ., Scientific Illustration, Univ. of Arizona, Business of Art, New Mexico State Univ. Studied with 4 masters: Robert Carl Cogar in Las Cruces, NM (apprenticed to John F. Carlson, N.A.), Robert N. Blair, Buffalo, NY (in the Metropolitan, Corcoran and Whitney Galleries), Bon Wai Chen, Portland, OR (known as the Asiatic world’s top painter of the butterfly), Nicholas Brigante, Los Angeles, (collected extensively by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art). Instructor at Canyon Ranch, Tucson, Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ, Sun Valley Center of Art, Sun Valley, ID, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, MI, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo NY.
Because of excellent art instruction by Opal Berry, her junior high art teacher, Kath has always been interested in art. In college she was disappointed in the art instruction: hence, has a BS in biology and has worked many years in medical research or medical marketing. Her major art instruction came from four masters, Robert N. Blair of Buffalo, NY, Carl Cogar of Las Cruces, NM, Nicholas Brigante of Los Angeles, CA, and Bon Wai Chen of Portland, OR. Kath Macaulay has had numerous one man shows including one sponsored by the U. S. and Mexican governments with 56 paintings all from the western National Parks. She paints primarily en plein air (on location, outdoors), using oils or watercolor and has personally developed a painting technique, "pocket sketching", which she teaches nationally. Her work is in collections through the U.S. and Canada.
This is a Studio and Plein Air Workshop.
Something for All Levels.
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 9/17-9/20 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
Dinner - See Optional Events Below
Thursday, 9/20 NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)
Friday, 9/21 Depart - check-out time is 10:00
Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
Sunday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)
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’sfor $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.