If you have always wanted to try watercolor painting but have been afraid to, or have tried it and become discouraged, this is the place to come.
During the weekend, we learn to break through our artistic fears and inhibitions and begin to experience the process and possibilities of watercolor painting. In an atmosphere of fun and exploration we observe the magical interaction of the paint and water. Through a series of color-mixing adventures we see and understand the effects the colors have on each other which will give us a strong foundation in color mixing for our future painting endeavors.
As we tap and strengthen our artistic selves and understand the creative process more deeply, we conclude with drawing and painting from life—and we learn that, yes, in fact, we can do it!
Enrollment is limited for this program; register early.
Art Kits can be rented for $30 or purchased in advance for $70. For either, you will still need to bring 2 water containers, an old toothbrush, and a sketchbook or notebook.
Rented Kits include: paper, brushes & enough paint for the workshop.
Purchased Kits include: 1 full sheet of Arches 100% rag cold-press watercolor paper, (4) 5ml tubes of Grumbacher Academy watercolors, 4 synthetic watercolor brushes: (3/4” flat, #6 & #14 rounds, 1 script liner), 1 folding watercolor palette, a sponge, pencil, eraser and support board.
To rent or purchase a kit or if you have any questions, contact the faculty:
If you have painted before, and have comparable materials, bring what you have. Academy Paints ($6/tube), Arches paper ($8/sheet), folding palettes and other supplies will be for sale at the workshop. Paper Towels, tissues & masking tape will be provided, but you may want to bring your own.
4 tubes good quality watercolors*
- Permanent Rose, Red Rose Deep or Thalo Red or Crimson
- Any Light Yellow (except Naples Yellow)
- Ultramarine Blue and Thalo Blue (or Winsor Blue Green shade)
- 140# Cold-Pressed 100% rag watercolor paper. Arches Recommended
- 1 full sheet (22" x 30") cut or torn into quarters or Arches 9 x 12" pad
Note: if you have painted before and have good watercolor paper that is painted on one side—but don’t want to keep what’s on it, this is a good time to use the other side. Also, cheaper (watercolor) paper can be used for the color mixing exercises. (Full sheets of Arches will be available at the workshop for $8 a sheet.)
Watercolor Brushes (need not be expensive; synthetic is fine)
- Round: Size 10 or 12 *
- Flat: 3/4" or 1" *
- A white plastic covered watercolor palette with a large mixing area
- A small folding palette is fine.*
- Water containers (2) (plastic quart tubs, etc.)
- Eraser: White Plastic and/or "Kneaded"
- Small Spray Bottle/mister
- Sketchbook or notebook
- Old tooth brush
- 2B pencil
- Support board max size 12" x 16" (corrugated, masonite, plexi, plywood, foamcore covered w/ clear contact paper etc.)
* These items will be available at the workshop.
Please note there is a special schedule for this course:
|4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)|
|7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m.||Welcome & Orientation|
|8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m||Workshop|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m||Workshop|
|1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.
Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
This workshop is by application only. Please submit your materials according to the directions on this page.
Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight
Stay With Us
Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services.
A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute).
2 nights commuter fee
The commuter fee includes the full benefits of our unique Accommodations & Meals Package, excluding the cost of accommodations. A list of local Local Hotels and Inns is available.
See our Cancellation Policy.
Certificate of Attendance : $25