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.
It’s been a busy December between art shows and workshops. I have been focusing on holiday and winter themes while creating artwork and developing demos for my workshops. Most recently we created holiday cards from small watercolors. For those of you who have been following my blog and Facebook, here is the teaser I posted for the workshop, along with the completed painting, and a second painting with a slightly different composition, grouping a single ornament next to two ornaments
Other painting themes for winter and the holidays included birds:
WISHING YOU AND YOURS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS & A PEACEFUL HEALTHY NEW YEAR
(all paintings pictured here are available for $125 or less. Use the form to purchase: