Mel Stabin

Mel Stabin

Simple, Fast, and Focused

August 5 - 11, 2012

Medium: Watercolor

Level: All Levels
5-Day Outdoor/Indoor Class

Mel Stabin, AWS, NWS, an internationally known teacher, author, and award-winning watercolorist, creates a casual, friendly atmosphere allowing an easy, open dialogue with his students making each workshop a joyful experience.  

This five-day, outdoor/indoor watercolor workshop, painting landscapes and people in landscapes, will reflect the title of Mel’s book, Watercolor: Simple, Fast, and Focused.  Emphasis will be on design principles with the objective of building strong paintings by seeing and thinking simply, painting quickly and energetically, and focusing on the “idea” of the painting.  Mel paints in a loose, representational style. Design, composition, and color/value relationships will be discussed throughout.

This workshop is divided into three days painting landscapes on location and two days indoors with one of the days painting a clothed model.

The workshop includes daily demonstrations with a step-by-step simple explanation of solutions to every problem presented by the subject, personal instruction, and critiques.    

The class is designed for beginners to advanced painters. 

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
Mel Stabin watercolor painting

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