Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Let's Talk 2015 Classes

Most of my class offerings over the past 5 years have been online.  When I originally started offering classes they were delivered in eBooks.  A format that was hugely popular, but after about 2 years I, like many others, moved to online classrooms.

However, with an abundance of new teachers offering online art classes these days, the cost of online class platforms has skyrocketed.  Therefore I have decided to focus my efforts this year on live workshops, and offering my classes in eBook format.

That's not to say that my current online class offerings will change...they won't!!  These classes will remain open and available for purchase for as long as participants are interested in taking them.  

So, to begin my 2015 offerings, I am thrilled to announce a one-day "Watercolor Sketchbook" Workshop.

This will be a full day masterclass on Saturday May 2nd, 2015 from 10am - 4pm, delivered at the beautiful "Waterloo Center for the Arts" in the heart of the Cedar Valley, Waterloo Iowa.

This amazing facility is built right on the banks of the Cedar River in Downtown Waterloo.

I joined the WCA Instructor Team in 2014 and have loved teaching watercolor classes throughout the year.

This year I once again have a full schedule of 6-week classes, and this will be the first of several 1 and 2 day live workshops planned for 2015.

"Watercolor Sketchbook Workshop" will be held on Saturday May 2nd.

This workshop is aimed at beginning sketchers of all ages, as well as watercolor, mixed media, and visual artists who want to explore the art of keeping a sketchbook journal.

In this class, I will be taking you through the fundamentals of keeping a watercolor sketchbook as a visual journal.

Here's what to expect.

Participants will arrive between 9am and at 9.30, and we'll begin our day with a welcome coffee and a short tour of the Waterloo Center for the Arts, including the galleries, studios and the Phelps Youth Pavilion.

At 10am we'll gather in the "Visual Arts Studio" for our morning session where we'll begin straight away with sketching and painting.  

In this session we'll be covering...

Keeping a Sketchbook - Materials & Sketch-Kits

Sketching Basics - Observation, Shape, Value, Color, & Texture

Watercolor Basics - Color, Washes, Strokes, Shadow & Tone

At around 12:30 we'll enjoy a refreshing lunch provided by the "Art House Cafe", then we'll take our sketchbooks outside (weather permitting).  

In this session we'll be covering...

Field Sketching - Time, Lighting, & Composition

Following a Process -  Pencil Sketch, Watercolor Wash, &  Ink Detail

Using Other Media - Watercolor Pencil, Water Soluble Markers, & Watercolor Pastels

At 3:30 we'll move back into the Visual Arts Studio and finish up with an brief exploration on visual note taking. 

In this session we'll be covering...

One-Minute Thumbnail Sketches
Sensory Icons

The Visual Matrix

Using Dates, Words, & Headings

Participants will receive a recommended supplies list upon registration, and are encouraged to bring whatever supplies you have.  

If you are flying in from out of town and don't want to travel with your own supplies, then you can purchase a class "Sketch-Kit" from me directly. 

Please let me know by email if you will require this. 

The cost of this full day workshop is only $96 per person...YEP, only $96 for the entire day, including lunch & refreshments throughout the day.  

The best way to sign up is to call the Waterloo Center for The Arts direct on 319-291-4490, or you can go through their website (click here), then click on the "Registration Form" link in the right side column.

If you're coming in from out of town, the Waterloo airport is a quick one our flight from Chicago, situated five minutes from Cedar Falls in one direction, and five minutes from Waterloo in the other.

Or you can fly into Cedar Rapids Airport which has direct flights from many cities around the US including Chicago.

Cedar Rapids is a 1 hour drive north on I380 directly to Waterloo. 

There is an abundance of choices for accommodation in either city, with a host of top class restaurants, shops, and recreation.  Here are some links for more information about visiting the area.

    For information about Waterloo tourism, including accommodation, flights, & attractions, click here.

For information about Cedar Falls tourism, accommodation, & attractions, click here.

I hope you'll consider joining me for this exciting masterclass, and remember, places are strictly limited, so get your registration in quickly.

If you live in the Cedar Valley, then you might like to join me for either of my spring 6-week sessions: "Introduction To Watercolor" and "Watercolor Flowers in Spring".  Click here for more information.

To get a full list of my 2015 current class offerings, as well as what's coming up, click here.

If you have any questions, please email me, or leave a comment below.

Stay tuned for more class announcements over the coming weeks.

Thanks for checking in. xx