Watercolor: ABSTRACTION thru Design
May 31-June 5, 2021 (Four Teaching Days)
Returning for the 8th year in 2021
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John’s workshop will focus on abstraction, encouraging representational painters to experiment with a different style and challenging experienced abstract painters to explore new possibilities in expressing their creative voices. It will include demonstrations, critiques and lots of individual help. Artists will be encouraged to expand upon their current levels of understanding and become more comfortable applying the principles and elements of design to their work.
The design analysis and thinking he uses may be applied to any subject or medium. John begins with simple objects as a springboard to suggest shapes and line. He then launches on a sequence of steps to create intriguing and unpredictable effects all the while using design principles to create a cohesive captivating painting. John floods in warm tones, dry brush blending, scrapes in darks, and masks lines. He creates a variety of line and edge qualities, careful to always add to the whole. John explains the rationale for each step. He capitalizes on the strengths of watercolor - delicate and subtle middle values. He verbalizes his composition and problem solving strategies and uses the design principles of dominance, texture, linkage, and repetition to bring unity to the painting. John uses a variety of techniques to create interest - salt, dry brush blending, splattering, mouth atomizer, collage, and acrylics.
John is a signature member of numerous prestigious art societies in the United States, including the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, Allied Artists of America and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. He is a member of the Jiangsu Watercolor Institute and of the Australian Watercolor Institute. John has won more than 245 awards in national and international exhibitions, including the top awards multiple times in AWS, NWS, TWSA and AA. He was honored to receive the Pakistan Achievement Award with gold medal, the Shanghai Zhoujiajiao International Biennial Award and the Thailand Ministry of Culture and the Arts Award. He has been an invited artist in 46 watercolor exhibitions in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Russia, Singapore, Mexico, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Canada, Belgium, England and Australia. His work is included in collections around the world. John has served as juror/judge of 70 national and international exhibitions. His work has been featured in more than ninety national and international magazine articles and in 42 books on four continents.
This is a Studio Only Workshop.
Intermediate to Advanced Levels.
Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $650
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $750
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $900
If 7-6 students attend class (all teaching days): $1,150
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $450
(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
Monday, May 31 (Please note this week is different with a Monday arrval compared to our normal weeks)
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.)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - 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
Friday, June 4
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)
Saturday, June 5
Depart - check-out time is 10:00
Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
Tuesday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Yoga
Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
Thursday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
Thursday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
Thursday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner
Friday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner
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.
Visit our COVID-19 update page for more information...