Melinda Schnell

Watercolor: Enjoy the Journey

May 31-June 5, 2020
Rescheduled for June 20-25, 2021 (Four Teaching Days)

Spring in the Northwoods is the perfect time to shake off the winter blues and enjoy the renewal of nature and a boost in your creativity. Watercolor painting is a great way to greet the season. Practice, patience, a mandatory sense of humor; your painting will constantly be evolving through new knowledge and endless mistakes. Mindy’s goal is to share with you some of the important lessons that have made a lasting impact on her work so that you might incorporate some of this information into your own efforts. She will be demonstrating in the mornings and the afternoons will be spent painting, incorporating some of the techniques used in the morning examples. Bring a sense of adventure and a willingness to experiment, the joy is in the journey!

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"I have always been surrounded by the trappings of an artist. My Mom was an illustrator and loved to paint so she encouraged me to join in while I was growing up. I studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design and later in Chicago at the American Academy of Art. It was at the Academy where I became fascinated with the magic of watercolor. The list of artists I admire is too long to list here, but many people have influenced my work. Everyone of the artists I have studied with has left a bit of their painting philosophy with me, that being one of the many reasons I find teaching so gratifying. My work is generally representational but I find myself moving to a more expressionistic style. I think the spontaneity of watercolor is better suited to capturing the immediate moment. I can’t say I prefer one subject over another, for me they all present a new opportunity. I’m best known for painting “underwater landscapes with freshwater gamefish.” That said, I ‘m always excited undertake a painting from the model or a local landscape. One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was to enjoy the journey. I am doing just that and hope my students do the same". - Melinda Schnell

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): $250
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $275
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $325
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $415
(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, May 31
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 Room and Meal Package. $25 additional for day students.)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - June 1-4
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, June 4
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, June 5
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 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.