Challenge yourself and go beyond your boundaries in watercolor! Mel will encourage you to experience the magical, spontaneous, and transparent qualities of watercolor and 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 and painting with energy and focus.
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. After the demo, students begin to paint. Personal attention and one-on-one instruction will be given while you paint. Students enjoy a break for lunch and some relaxation before continuing to paint in the afternoon. A critique is given at day’s end of the paintings done during the day. The critique is an important phase of your painting experience because we learn from each other. Mel’s workshops are casual and friendly… an enjoyable experience for all.
This 5-day workshop of painting landscapes and people in landscapes will consist of 3 days painting outdoors (weather permitting) and 2 days painting indoors from reference photos and/or sketches.
Mel is an internationally known teacher, author, and award-winning watercolorist. A graduate of Pratt Institute, he studied the art of watercolor with Edgar Whitney. For over 25 years Mel has conducted workshops throughout the country and abroad. He is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Society and was honored with “Master Status” from the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Mel was named one of the “Top Ten Watercolor Masters of Today” by www.artmatch4U.com. In addition to Mel’s two popular books, Watercolor: Simple, Fast, & Focused and The Figure In Watercolor: Simple, Fast, & Focused and two videos of painting on location, he has written numerous feature articles for national art magazines.