Time to register for POURED WATERCOLOR with Cheri Isgreen
Fri-Sun March 23-25 10 am – 4 pm. $355
Forgo the brush & experiment with the process of pouring watercolor to produce looser paintings with unique results. Learn pigment rules & pouring techniques, as well as color theory, composition, & strategies for successful painting. Learn how pouring watercolors in a series of glazes allows depth of color to develop while preserving underlying layers and enhancing luminosity. Experience how poured watercolor fosters a wide range of spontaneous colors while maintaining the harmony of a limited palette. All levels of painters welcome, including first-time watercolorists. Extra support for new painters and design challenges for experienced artists will be provided.
Registration for watercolor workshops in Montrose and Gunnison are open. All levels are welcome. Beginners will be given extra support; experienced painters will be given design challenges to deepen their understanding while practicing a variety of painting techniques. Workshop participation benefits your community arts centers.
Gunnison: “Make a Splash: Watercolor” offered through the Gunnison Arts Center, two hour weekly class, Wednesdays, November 1 – December 13. 6:00 – 8:00 pm. (No class Thanksgiving week.) Each week we explore new techniques and ideas. You will have a week to practice each lesson’s content, with new lessons building on previous class material. Bring your weekly practice projects for extra guidance and critique. Instruction and materials for each class: $110/student, $93.50/members. Use the link below to register in Gunnison:
Montrose: “Getting Loose” offered through the Montrose Center for the Arts, six hour Saturday workshop, November 11 – 10am – 4pm Workshop $60; materials list available for those who have their own watercolor supplies, or purchase supplies from instructor: $20. Follow up support is offered free of charge to registered participants after the workshop. Use the link below to register in Montrose:
Do you love the magic of watercolor? Are you looking for ways to harness the spontaneity of watercolor paints? Do you want to create fresh, colorful compositions? Would looser techniques improve your paintings? These watercolor classes will teach you to paint with confidence by mastering:
a variety of watercolor techniques
Put all that together for lively, punchy, and/or compelling works of art!
Fall classes will cover seasonal subject matter. You will learn to create lovely subjects for holiday cards. All levels welcome. Beginners will be given extra support; experienced painters will be given design challenges to deepen their understanding and ability to convey meaning. All registered learners can receive online follow-up support free of charge.
“A Sense of Place; perspective through urban sketch journals” begins at the GAC Monday, October 30. Registration is still open REGISTER HERE
Understanding and using perspective has never been simpler. During each session, I will present a basic perspective concept, breaking it into simple steps. Over the course of 4 weeks, we will build our understanding of perspective by adding new steps from previous lessons. You will have a week between lessons to absorb and practice each concept. (No class during Thanksgiving Week.)
Travel sketching, sometimes called “urban sketching” has become a very popular worldwide movement. Along with capturing cities, the skills of urban sketching allow you to record the charm of mountain towns, the unique character of remote villages, and the defining themes of historic neighborhoods. Rather than focusing on the landscape, the travel sketcher records human-built environments. This course will give you a range of drawing strategies, taking the pain out of perspective, so you can confidently record your experiences. No art experience necessary.
We begin our course with elevation view sketches, focusing on proportion and detail. This is the view architects take when drawing a building.
Along with presenting strategies for making drawings in elevation view, I will show you how to use watercolor to express textures and architectural details.
Building on elevation view, we will begin to work with two-point perspective, the most common type of approach to drawing buildings. Part One of two-point perspective is what I call “elevation view plus one.”
Once you have worked with drawing elevation views with one side in perspective, we will add the second perspective point during week three.
With a week off for Thanksgiving, we return the final week of November to pursue classical one point perspective: (think of Leonardo De Vinci’s The Last Supper.)
This strategy is useful when the viewpoint is high, such as this sketch from a rooftop bar in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit.
Once you have practiced these concepts and strategies, plan to hit the road and record your travels in a sketchbook. I guarantee these places will become more memorable that all the snapshots you may also take. And then try your hand at multi-point perspective drawings!
Researchers say that teaching deepens the teacher’s understanding, so she is learning along with her students. As I have been preparing for numerous classes and workshops this summer, I paint examples that I can use in my workshops. As I paint, I reflect on what I’m doing, the decisions I am making, and the results of those decisions. These reflections go into my lesson plans. Often these reflections lead to experimental paintings.
“Cowboy Up,” explores lost and found edges despite using masks (hard edges) to preserve the layers in the pour. This was achieved from two approaches.
in the initial masking by softening the edges through “scratchy dry brush” edge treatment
after the mask was removed, I softened the edges while adding neutralized wash to the wet areas
“Cowboy Up” was painted for my poured watercolor class to be held at the Ah Haa School of the Arts in Telluride, Colorado July 28 & 29, the last weekend in July. Register through Ah Haa at this following link: Poured Watercolor Registration
“Upsy Daisy” (feature image) and “A Splash of Poppies” show a myriad of techniques to employ to create loose watercolor paintings, including outlining, dripping, splashing, and wet-into-wet alla prima painting. The next “Getting Loose” class is set for September 30th as a benefit for the Montrose Center for the Arts. Register for this very playful, relaxing workshop with this link: Poured Watercolor Registration
This summer, I am teaching every Wednesday at the Gunnison Arts Center through the program, Wednesdays at Western State University. You can register for the Gunnison classes at the following link: Wednesday at Western Registration Cheri Isgreen or by calling the university at (970)943-2885.
Sketch Journals– Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
June 14, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 9.
Back by popular demand! Explore ways to combine text with image using creative expression, visual design principles, and art techniques. All levels welcome; beginners
will be given extra support, and advanced students will receive design challenges. 5 sessions, classes need not be taken sequentially. Instructor: Cheri Isgreen. $35.
Bringing The Art Masters Alive – Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2.
Do you love art? Bring it alive through creative discovery. Take a multimedia approach to exploring periods, movements, geography, and master artists through making art. No prerequisite; each session is a stand-alone class with new content each week Emphasis is on creative expression and discovery. We will not be copying masterworks. All levels welcome; beginners will be given extra support; experienced artists are given design challenges to deepen their understanding. 5 sessions, classes need not be taken sequentially. Instructor: Cheri Isgreen. $35.