Mel Stabin painting

Mel Stabin

Simple, Fast, and Focused

August 5 - 11, 2018

Medium: Watercolor

Level: All Levels

5-Day Outdoor/Indoor Class

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Experience the magical, spontaneous, and transparent qualities of watercolor! Mel will help you discover that watercolor is at its best when it is set free. Emphasis will be placed on gaining more confidence by simplifying your approach to subject matter, learning to paint with energy and focus, and bringing more transparency and vitality to your paintings.

Watch Mel demonstrate each morning in his loose, representational style as he discusses principles of design and composition and shows you how to capture the essence of the subject. With Mel always welcoming questions from students, the demo is spirited with an easy, open dialogue between Mel and the class. Personal attention is given while you paint and a class critique is given at day’s end.

Mel's workshops are comfortable, casual, and friendly… an enjoyable experience for all.  

Mel Stabin is an internationally known teacher, author, and award-winning watercolorist.  A graduate of Pratt Institute, Mel studied the art of watercolor with Edgar Whitney. For over thirty years Mel was an award-winning art director and creative director for major advertising agencies in New York City.  He is a signature member of prestigious art societies including the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, and North East Watercolor Society.  

For over twenty-five years Mel has conducted watercolor workshops with groups on location throughout the country and abroad, and for numerous art societies.

His paintings have been the recipient of national awards and have been represented in major exhibitions including the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, National Academy of Design, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West, Allied Artists of America, Butler Institute of American Art, North East Watercolor Society, New Jersey Watercolor Society, and Pennsylvania Watercolor Society.   

Mel has had seventeen one-man exhibitions of his watercolors.  His paintings are in many private and corporate collections.  His work can be seen on his website at and on The New American Gallery at under “Featured Artists.”  Mel was a director for the American Watercolor Society’s 2005/2006 exhibitions and was one of the jurors of selection for the American Watercolor Society’s 2006 Annual International Exhibition.  In 2011, Mel was chosen as one of the "Top Ten Watercolor Masters of Today" by the art website

He has written feature articles for American Artist, The Artist's Magazine, Watercolor, and Watercolor Magic. Mel is the author of Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused and The Figure In Watercolor:  Simple, Fast, and Focused published by Watson-Guptill.

Mel Stabin painting
Mel Stabin painting
Mel Stabin painting
Mel Stabin painting

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