In addition to the regular one-day workshop we offer here at the Gallery, we also host a yearly demonstration series in conjunction with the Watercolor West Exhibition. These demonstrations are a fantastic way to be introduced to an artist's particular style and technique.
Join us to see five nationally-known watercolor masters discuss their work and careers. Watch as they paint live, ask questions, and learn more about their techniques and styles in a lecture format with a digital presentation. No supplies needed, just bring a notebook and camera to enjoy a day of learning and observation with fellow watercolor enthusiasts.
With an enthusiastic learning attitude, these live demonstrations will be of value to anyone wanting to improve their watercolor painting skills.
John Salminen 10 AM to 3 PM Sunday, October 1
This year’s exhibition juror, John Salminen is an award-winning watercolorist, known for his realistic urban landscapes, with over 230 major awards in international watercolor exhibitions. In addition to his painting demonstration, he will review the 100 selected paintings for this year’s watercolor exhibit.
Risë Parberry 10 AM to 3 PM Saturday, November 11
Risë will share her techniques for achieving dynamic abstracts in transparent watercolor by relying on a knowledge of pigment characteristics, employing a saturated paper approach, and engaging in a fascinating conversation with the painting as it evolves. In this demonstration, you will learn to convey the essence of your subject through the use of intentional design methods.
Lian Quan Zhen 10 AM to 3 PM Saturday, December 2
Lian is a sought-after watercolor teacher in the U.S. and abroad. He will demonstrate his world-famous negative painting technique for capturing dynamic still lifes. Using a combination of traditional Chinese and Western methods, he will illustrate the process he uses to paint vibrant grape vines and leaves working solely with the three primary colors.
Janice Cipriani-Willis 10 AM to 3 PM Saturday, October 21
In her portraits, Janice expresses the subtle and obscure beauty she finds in her travels and experiences. She will share her current working style that focuses on the range of expression observed when encountering people from all walks of life. In this demonstration, Janice will show how to orchestrate the fragments of light that dance over forms, creating a marvelous mosaic.
Timothy Clark 1 PM to 5 PM Sunday, December 17
Tim will address two major painting ideas that have been the hallmark of his work for over fifty years. First, he will clearly show the process he most often uses to represent form using light and color. Then, he will demonstrate how he uses atmosphere and the drama of values and placement to create moving paintings that go beyond the ordinary.