Joel Popadics

Sun, July 21 to Sat, July 27 2024

Capturing the Feeling of Light, Air, & Atmosphere with Joel Popadics

Medium: Watercolor

Level: All Levels

Location: Plein Air & Studio

Status: 9 Spots Left

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Capture the feeling of light, air and atmosphere in your watercolors during this weeklong outdoor workshop for artists of all levels. The scenic grounds of the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn and the surrounding Hudson River Valley will provide the inspiration for our subjects.

Watercolorist, Joel Popadics, is noted for his traditional approach to watercolor, in particular, his use of green, which has been passed down to him by a teacher who studied with the highly regarded artist and instructor Frank Vincent DuMond (1865 – 1951). He has adapted DuMond’s palette for use with watercolor.

In this workshop Joel will demonstrate how to get the elusive feeling of light and air in his painting demonstrations. Topics will vary from painting trees, buildings, cows and other subjects. Following the demonstration, you will have the opportunity to paint and apply the concepts presented. Methods for creating effective clouds and skies will be explored, as well as how to mix a natural looking green. You’ll also learn how to achieve spatial depth using a prismatic color approach. Individual instruction will be provided throughout the day.

Participants should plan on making at least two sketches a day and perhaps extra for “do-overs.” Make sure you have Cadmium Lemon Yellow, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine and Ivory Black plus whatever colors you’re comfortable working with. Bring landscape reference pictures with good light and shadows and/or an interesting weather effect for use on a rainy day.

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About Joel Popadics

Joel Popadics has been a professional artist for over 30 years. His watercolors have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums across the United States including the National Academy of Art and Design in New York; the Place St. Charles Gallery in New Orleans and the San Francisco Academy of Art in San Francisco. He is an annual exhibitor in the “International Marine Art Exhibition” at the Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic, Connecticut.

His paintings are in public and private collections most notably, the Art for Healing Program at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, NJ; the Hamilton House Museum in Clifton, NJ; The Ridgewood Art Institute Permanent Collection and the United Methodist Church in Ridgewood, NJ. His artwork has raised money for charitable organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Table-to-Table Food Bank Network and the LAM Foundation. 

Mr. Popadics is the recipient of numerous national awards.  He has received the Edgar A. Whitney Memorial Award from the Hudson Valley Art Association; the Grumbacher Gold Medal from the California Watercolor Association and the Silver Medal of Honor (twice) from the New Jersey Watercolor Society (NJWCS). He has been featured many times in AMERICAN ARTIST, THE ARTIST’S MAGAZINE, WATERCOLOR ARTIST, and WATERCOLOR MAGIC MAGAZINES. 

Popadics is an advocate of watercolor and has dedicated his career to the advancement and appreciation of the medium. He is Vice President/Treasurer of the prestigious American Watercolor Society in New York City and a Past-President of the New Jersey Water Color Society. He has also served on the board of the Ridgewood Art Institute in Ridgewood, NJ, where he currently teaches watercolor and drawing to adults and children. 

During the summer, he leads outdoor painting workshops to various locations in the United States and Europe. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont and continues to teach an annual summer workshop with the Shelburne Craft School. He has been a lecturer at Parsons School of Design and at The King’s College in NYC.

Joel Popadics was born in Passaic County, NJ in 1961. He received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He is represented in some of the finest galleries in the Northeast. He resides in Wayne, NJ with his wife Patricia and their two sons.


Rates & Enrollment

Day Student Tuition: $830.00

Full 5-Day Package*: $2,433.80-$2,647.64

*5-Day Workshop Package includes: Tuition for 5 full class days, 6 nights of dinner, lodging, breakfast, daily cookie and fruit breaks, unlimited coffee and tea, and welcoming wine and cheese reception. Your choice between a room to yourself (single occupancy) or bring a friend and split a room (double occupancy).

Get more information about your options to enroll here.