Tara Sweeney

Painterly Portraits: Color that Glows

August 18-23, 2019 (Four Teaching Days)

Watercolor’s spontaneity and range make it the perfect medium for expressing character strengths (and quirks) in glowing color and lively brushwork. Its playful lead reliably jumpstarts creativity, wakes up intuition and strengthens technique—all of which helps you create a painting instead of an earnest copy of a photo. Through daily demos, guided practice and individualized feedback you learn a three-layer, four-value, hold-the-whites approach to transparent watercolor. We begin with a step-by-step value study. The same techniques used for these simplified shapes and values help you see and paint the complex color shapes and values of the portrait. We’ll explore compositional planning, drawing tips, limited palette color mixing, pigment characteristics, wet into wet mingling magic, lively gestures, and intentional lost and found edges in this fun workshop for all levels.

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Tara Sweeney is a prolific painter, illustrator, author and teacher from Saint Paul, MN. In 2017, she was awarded her second MN State Arts Board grant to write and illustrate A to Zåäö, a picture book about the Swedish alphabet (University of MN Press, fall 2019.) TPT2 public television’s MN Original recently showcased her work. Her award-winning watercolors have been selected for exhibition with the National Watercolor Society and Transparent Watercolor Society of America, among many others. She holds signature status NWS and the MN Watercolor Society where she serves on the board. Her work is held in public and private collections. She earned undergraduate degrees in design and studio art from the University of Wisconsin, and an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is professor emeritus with Augsburg University where she taught drawing and painting for 25 years. When she’s not painting you’ll find her partner dancing just about anywhere there is room to swing.

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): $395
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $450
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $535
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $400
(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, 8/18
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 8/19-8/22
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, 8/22
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 8/23
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)

    Tuesday 8:00 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.