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The Fall Watercolor Workshop- October 4th-November 1, 2018

Throughout the year, I regularly teach workshops in Watercolor Dynamics, with new individual workshops also offered for 2019 in Pastel and Oil Painting, at the Mid City Art Studios building, 4436 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA, 70119. I have worked in all three mediums for over 25 years.

Beginning October 4th, the Fall Watercolor Workshop will meet for 5 weekly sessions on Thursday mornings, where we'll enjoy playing with the basic building blocks of painting a watercolor, along with important considerations of which materials will actually save us time and frustration. 

We'll work on simplifying our subject matter to make a more concise statement, as well as creating abstract designs to work from. Using just a few colors at first, we'll play with handling washes and experimenting with edges. Extra emphasis will be on drawing as a basis for watercolor, while seeking to achieve a fluid style. 

Beginners are very welcome. Practice is an essential part of learning, and I encourage beginners to not worry, but just show up, have some faith, and bring a lot of patience. I don’t have any shortcuts or tricks. My methods are based on what I have learned through studying the works of great masters, along with thoughtful, regular practice.

For more info, also see my Facebook Studio page,  or my personal Facebook page.

Tuition is $300.

A Rajasthani Moment, watercolor

A Rajasthani Moment, watercolor

Student Reviews:

Joan is such a patient and inspiring instructor. If anyone has the slightest inclination to try out painting with watercolors, this workshop is something everyone must consider, It sounds corny, but it’s changed my life.”   - A.D.

"I looked forward to and loved your workshops and painting with you. 
Before taking your watercolor workshops, I was afraid to paint in watercolor. I had no real idea where or how to begin,  and I certainly did not want to ruin or waste expensive watercolor paper. 

Your classes helped me to open my mind and spirit to the beauty and certainly the magic of watercolor painting. You taught me how to relax and let the paint do it's thing. Besides learning the basics of how, what, when and why, I think the greatest gift I got from your classes was the confidence to try and try again. And..no paper is ever wasted...there are no mistakes only experiences  
Thank you for sharing you gifts and talents."
   -M.B.

"Joan is an amazing art teacher—the best I’ve ever had. Besides being a talented artist, she sees the unique talent for art in each of her students and gently and lovingly gives us the self confidence to bring it forth.”   - P.R.

“Either as a beginner or seasoned artist, painting under Joan’s guidance is always rewarding. She is generous with her skills, which then encourages students to mentor one another. This makes a great learning environment.” - N.L.

 Why I do this?
I am very curious and enjoy a new challenge, making watercolor the perfect medium for my personality. Working on location has been an integral part of my artistic life and development, through learning to simplify and edit.  Over time, I have begun to equally enjoy, and sometimes prefer, working in the quiet of my studio. Every painting is different.
 
Watercolor is one of my preferred mediums, along with pastel, oil, and acrylics. Inspiration for new work usually starts with some ephemeral visual cue like a fleeting shadow, or an abstract pattern.  Sometimes, a facial expression will be the starting point for a new work. If the visual interest is there, then there’s hope for a picture. I prefer to do a quick watercolor or pencil study of the 'facts' on the spot, and dig deeper into the mood and atmosphere, back in the studio. Enjoyment also comes from working with the visual memories accumulated over a lifetime of painting landscapes outdoors. 
 
 
"Waiting, at Cafe DuMonde", watercolor

"Waiting, at Cafe DuMonde", watercolor