Take a Watercolor Journey with David and learn the most valuable watercolor concepts and techniques. This workshop will save you countless hours of trial & error by demonstrating approaches in an easily understood manner that will open new doors of discovery and creativity. Participants will be provided with reference photos, drawing guides, typed outlines, and step-by-step instruction through all stages of the painting process. The workshop is packed with demos, guided practice and individual help. Regardless of your level of experience, whether the subject matter is a Street Scene, a Misty Lake, or a Radiant Floral, you’re almost guaranteed to leave with a handsome work of art, and the skills, concepts, and confidence to take your paintings to a higher level. David will demonstrate a wide variety of techniques, including "wet-on-wet," "pouring," "spattering" and "spraying" – methods and approaches that will keep your paintings fresh with exciting blends and textures, and keep you inspired and eager to explore your new watercolor capabilities long into the future.
David R. Smith began his artistic journey studying Chinese Brush Painting in the United States and
China. A decade later, he was introduced to Western style watercolor painting and was amazed at
how enjoyable and forgiving it was compared to working on rice paper. Ever since, he has been
hooked on watercolor painting, and has become a popular artist and instructor nationally, as well as a
sought-after juror. David is the recipient of the Skyledge Award (the highest recognition awarded by
the Transparent Watercolor Society of America), an award winner and signature member of the
American Watercolor Society, signature member of the National Watercolor Society, and his work has
earned him numerous “Best of Show” awards, signature memberships, showings in galleries and
museums across the United States, and inclusion in publications including Fine Art Connoisseur,
International Artist, and multiple editions of SPLASH – The Best of Watercolor. With over 20 years
of experience as a public school teacher, he is skilled at breaking down complex concepts and skills
into easily learned chunks to help students find success. As much as he loves to paint, he has found
sharing his watercolor passion through instruction even more gratifying and he is most rewarded when
he hears a frequent comment: “This is one of the best workshops I’ve ever taken.”
This is a Studio Only Workshop.
Something for All Levels.
Sunday, June 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 Room and Meal Package. $25 additional for day students.)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - June 21-24
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 24
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)
Friday, June 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)
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 $40 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.
2021 COVID Precautions
It is impossible to assess the impact, if any, of COVID-19 for the upcoming 2021 season, but all artists should be prepared to abide by the following measures while attending workshops.
Participants must fill out a quick health questionnaire to make sure they do not exhibit any symptoms.
Masks are required to be worn while in classrooms and shared spaces.
Participants must also wash hands or use hand sanitizer at the beginning of each class and often during class sessions.
Participants are required to stay 6 feet apart for social distancing protocols.
A floor plan per each of our three studios has been created to ensure that the artist tables and lecture area will allow people to socially distance themselves a minimum of 6 feet.
In lieu of crowding around the artist during demos, a desktop camera system and large format digital TV screens have been installed in each of the studios to allow students a close up view of demos.
We will be providing students with hand-sanitizer at their work stations. In addition, the studios will be closed for 1 hour in the late evenings for a daily UV sanitation and touch surface cleaning.