Learn and grow as a watercolor artist! IWS offers watercolor workshops throughout the year.  In addition, there are many private watercolor workshops provided by IWS member artists.

The Urban Workshop Presented by Ron Stocke April 5 & 6th at the Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise, Idaho

**As of Wednesday, 02/14/2024, this workshop is full. Please email Lynn McConnell at mcconnell1106@gmail.com if you want to be added to the waiting list.**

This 2-day workshop will focus on the Urban landscape and how to draw and paint the manmade and natural shapes so that they feel connected in our painting as well as adding our own individual artistic fingerprints.  Using a mix of painting outdoors and in the studio, Ron will be demonstrating both days but Day Two is designed to show you how to take your painting from outside into the studio and use what you learned to loosen up and edit your work.

Ron will cover his simple technique on how to find and draw perspective correctly. He will show students why simplifying your shapes makes for a much stronger artistic mark and why achieving strong values in watercolor can make all the difference.

Painting locations – Participants will be working outside Parks, cafes, public spaces, as well as indoors to work on and finish your painting(s).

What will be taught:

  • Perspective – Ron will show you his easy techniques to find and draw the correct perspective so that your architecture looks and feels correct.
  • Establishing your horizon line and vanishing points are the keys to making all of your objects look connected.
  • Learn a simple yet effective way to paint windows, doors, awnings, cars and architectural details.
  • Figures – Learn to simplify shapes.  Your figures, and other details that look more correct and make them much more fun and interesting to paint.
  • Light and shadows – Learn how shadows fall and connect different objects within your paintings.
  • Creating mood and energy around a city environment.
  • Learn to overcome the anxiety you feel painting around other artists and the public. Remember your worst painting looks amazing to 90% of the public, so GO FOR IT!

Ron will demonstrate throughout both days.  These demonstrations will be broken up into two categories. 1) A full painting demo from start to finish and 2) what Ron likes to call his elements demo’s. These demos will be broken into the smaller elements of our paintings (Figures, Cars, foliage, architecture, etc.).

For more information on how to sign up, please click here to go to the IWS website post. 

2024 Idaho Watercolor Society Annual Workshop, presented by Chris Stubbs.  June 5th to June 7th, 2024

**As of Tuesday, 02/13/2024, this workshop is full. If you wish to be added to a waiting list, email both Susan Kluksdal at gskluksdal@gmail.com and Jean Ah Fong at jnahfong@gmail.com. **

Chris has been painting in watercolor since she was 16 years old—with a lot of breaks—while she was raising children and being the wife of a (now retired) career Navy pilot. Resuming painting while they were stationed in San Diego, Chris has worked at perfecting her lifelong passion of painting people. She also enjoys painting flowers, animals, and all things authored by the heart of our Creator God.

Painting the beauty of our creation is important to her. In our sometimes crazy world, Chris believes that beauty cries out for the world to see and to taste and be believed.

She paints mainly in transparent watercolor. Often considered the most difficult of the painting media, watercolor has a distinctive ability to allow light to shine through the paint in a transparent manner, when painted on white paper. And because water is the carrier, the colors have a unique ability to blend in ways that no other medium can do. This brings a feeling of “light” into her paintings.

Chris holds Signature membership in the National Watercolor Society, Northwest Watercolor Society, Watercolor West, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and Watercolor Society of Oregon and served as President of the Watercolor Society of Oregon in 2019. She has won numerous awards including two Best in Show awards and five People’s Choice Awards in the Watercolor Society of Oregon Shows.

To see her gallery, go to http://chrisstubbsart.com

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Private Workshops

Private workshops are offered throughout the year by IWS watercolor artists. Private workshops are not sponsored by IWS. Become an IWS member and receive monthly e-mail workshop notices or click on the Calendar to view upcoming workshops.