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.
In response to the request to post a materials list for my workshops, here it is:
MATERIALS & SUPPLIES FOR WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP:
pencils, erasers, & sketchbook (or white printer paper for sketching ideas and doing practice studies)
1/2 sheet of watercolor paper- 140# cold press cut to measure 15” x 22” (I recommend Arches brand because it has superior sizing which allows water and paint to flow on the surface without the paper fibers swelling)
metal yardstick (for tearing paper into smaller sizes. I will be discussing how different formats change the focus of a composition.)
tube watercolors in basic triad- (At the very minimum, you will need a red, a yellow, & a blue. Transparent colors will yield better results than opaque colors for this workshop. I would suggest at least 6 colors, a cool and a warm of each primary. Colors I use: Permanent Rose- cool red; Windsor Red- warm red; Cobalt Blue- almost pure blue, leans cool, good for skies; Windsor Blue Green Shade- warmish blue, mixes well with yellow for pure greens; Hansa Yellow- almost pure yellow, mixes well for oranges and greens; Raw Sienna- transparent earth yellow, somewhat neutralized, warmish. I also like to have Burnt Sienna on my palette.)
palette (for holding pigments and mixing paint;you could use a ceramic or plastic white plate from the dollar store.)
variety of paintbrushes (At the very minimum, you will need a small round brush for details; 1/2” flat brush for drawing, blocking, lifting, and dry-brush techniques; & large round brush for washes- at least #10 size. I use these 6 brushes: round brushes- #2, #6, #12; flat brushes- 1/2”, 1” 2” size chart: link for watercolor brush size chart You can find inexpensive watercolor brush sets at JoAnn’s craft stores.)
water containers (at least two- one for washing brushes, and one for pure water which you will use for washes and color mixing. Minimum size for the washing container is 2 quarts; anything smaller gets too polluted too quickly, & you will be constantly stopping to change water. Good size for the pure water container is at least 1 pint.)
spray bottle for water (handy, but not critical. I like to spritz my palette to keep the pigments fresh. You can also get effects with a spray bottle, so feel free to explore this option.)
sponges (at least two- I can’t paint without 3. I also like to have a few rags close at hand made from old towels about 6” x 8”. Some people like to use paper towels, but I find the clutter of used paper towels too messy, as well as not environmentally sustainable.)
backing board and mounting materials (I use plywood pieces that have been varnished. For smaller compositions, I don’t bother to stretch and staple my paper. Instead, I use masking tape to mount dry watercolor paper to the board. Other options- MDF or other composition board from Home Depot, a thick grade of foam core, or in a pinch- very heavy cardboard.
Besides staples and masking tape, you can also mount paper to your board with spring clips.)
easel (or you can paint flat on a table.)
liquid mask (At the very minimum, get liquid mask and a small round cheap brush. I prefer to use a mask pen for most of my work. Daniel Smith is my preference because it come with 5 nibs, and they are easiest to clean. http://www.dickblick.com/products/daniel-smith- masking-fluid/ I also use Grafix masking fluid for for applying mask with a brush and to refill the Daniel Smith pen. http://www.dickblick.com/products/grafix-incredible-white- mask-liquid-frisket/ Also look for a rubber cement pickup for removing mask, available through Blick.)
masking tools- you need dedicated tools that you will use only for masking, (including a separate water container, rags, and a cheap, small brush. Never mix your masking tools with your painting tools. For applying mask with a brush, you will also need liquid soap. Lately I have been using a small bar of hotel soap, which I reapply often to keep my application brush free of mask.)
This Saturday, September 29, 2017 from 10 AM – 4PM
a watercolor workshop will be held to benefit The Montrose Center for the Arts to raise funds for the Center to acquire a building for visual, performance, and educational events.
is a series of watercolor workshops with a focus on playful, colorful compositions for the beginner, as well as the advanced painter. Extra support assists beginners, and compositional challenges stimulate the advanced painter. Each workshop explores new techniques, skills, and design concepts.
This session we will concentrate on these design principles:
while we play with the following watercolor techniques:
wet into wet color mixing
mixing “black” from primary color pigments
Registration is still open: Call the Montrose Community Foundation to reserve your slot today: 970-596-5555
I just completed a new work, inspired by the flight of starlings. For years I have watched in awe as a flock of birds take flight to dramatically form a series of changing patterns in the sky. In perfect synchronicity, the flock swoops, changes direction, and the pattern seamlessly morphs into a new shape. The shapes are liquid in the sky, as they blend from one organic shape to the next. Inspired, I wondered how to capture this on paper with paint?
This spring, I took a 1/2 sheet of watercolor paper and poured a sky that blended from blue to golden as it touched the desert horizon. Big sky in Nevada. By pouring paint in a series of glazes, underlying layers are preserved while developing a depth of color and enhanced luminosity. This beautiful background needed a center of focus- the birds I have been forever dreaming about!
How to start? How to capture the dynamic fluidity of this aviary phenomenon? Each night I dreamed how I would approach the painting. Each morning I awoke and found I couldn’t attempt it. I didn’t know how to begin; I couldn’t feel “the flow. ” Finally I settled on my pigments- Windor blue shade, alizarin crimson permanent, and burnt sienna. I made a small practice painting.
Encouraged with the results of that bird study and before I could “chicken out,” I jumped into the large painting. I knew the painting would either end as an unmitigated disaster, or it would become a delightful surprise. Each time I reloaded the brush, I added a different pigment to my palette mixture from my base colors to influence the tone. The dynamic shape of the flock subtly changed in hue as it grew on my paper. I continued to add defined bird shapes to the edges and loose bird groupings in the center, striving for a strong abstract shape and interesting movement throughout the painting. The painting succeeds in capturing the dynamic movement of a flock of birds in the dance of flight.
Nature inspires wildlife to create beautiful creations of their own. Enjoy this video showing a pufferfish creating a beautiful mandala to attract a mate. Pufferfish
Left to right, clockwise: Millipede, exhibiting its main defense mechanism, curling into a spectacular spiral, which protects its legs inside its body. A celestial spiral, the Aurora Borealis, in the skies above Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Finally, a collection of diatoms, microscopic algae. These images were found on National Geographic. Enjoy more here: National Geographic link
The Ah Haa School of the Arts in Telluride is still accepting registrations for my watercolor class. To register, click the following link: Cheri Isgreen Watercolor Workshop
The wildflowers are blooming, the mountains shine, and rainbows appear in the evening light. Summertime in Telluride! It’s time for a weekend mountain getaway. Relax in beautiful Telluride while exploring some new watercolor techniques. I will teach “Poured Watercolor” through the Ah Haa School of the Arts, Friday – Sunday, July 28 – 30, 2017.
Forgo the brush and experiment with the process of pouring watercolor to produce paintings with unique results. Learn the pigment rules, color theory, and pouring techniques to give your watercolor paintings glowing results. By pouring paint in a series of glazes, underlying layers are preserved while developing a depth of color and enhancing luminosity. Experience how this technique fosters a wide range of spontaneous colors while maintaining the harmony of a limited palette. Poured watercolor lends itself to a variety of subject matter. All levels of painters are welcome, including first-time watercolorists.
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.
Looking for a way to loosen up your art? Are you interested in learning some new watercolor techniques? Have you wondered if you could be successful painting in watercolor? Do you love color? This class will offer ideas and techniques to create lively watercolor compositions.
Beginners will be given extra support; experienced painters will be given compositional challenges. All adult learners are welcome. Supply list available, or purchase directly from instructor $20.
Classes are not concurrent; there are no prerequisites to register. Each session will focus on different painting techniques for exploration and playful improvisations to enliven your watercolor paintings.
I am pleased to work with the Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Telluride’s Ah Haa School of the Art, Montrose Center for the Arts, and Gunnison Arts Center to offer a variety of workshops in watercolor, sketch journaling and mixed media. I am currently scheduled to offer four watercolor classes and three sketch classes this spring, plus an intermediate/advanced watercolor class this summer in Telluride. As the schedule develops, I will continue to update the WORKSHOP SCHEDULE. These offerings are in the works and will be scheduled later in 2017: off-loom weaving to create whimsical broaches, art history through hands-on creative art making, special effects to enhance water-based painting, journal making.
Please use this link to access descriptions, schedules, and registration to classes: WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Both workshops and exhibitions are beginning to fill my 2017 calendar. This Friday kicks off the year with the Gunnison Arts Center Staff and Instructor Show. Art Walk 5-8 pm 102 S Main, Gunnison, CO 970.641.4029
The GAC’s talented staff and instructors come together to create an exhibition of their artistic side, displayed in the Upper Gallery for the month of January. These amazing local artists and educators bring life to the Gunnison Arts Center through their commitment to their community and students.
The “Getting Loose” workshops were so popular in 2016, I have scheduled several for 2017 in Montrose, Gunnison, and possibly Palisade. Also on tap for 2017 will be a continuation of my “Sketch Journal” series, held the second Saturday at Backstreet Bagels and possibly summers in Gunnison. The Ah Haa School for the Arts has scheduled my “Poured Watercolor” workshop for July 28-30. Get away to beautiful Telluride, Colorado and play with paint.