Tom’s objective is to show the vast range and flexibility of watercolor. You will learn new techniques; how to plan for success; build a successful painting; and to put drama, emotion, and conviction into your art. This award winning artist will show you how to push the limits of color, contrast, and light. Tom likes to put fun into the process of painting. He has an organized program, with lots of visuals, that sets a goal for each day and sees that each student has an example and understanding of that day’s lessons. You will see daily demonstrations with detailed explanations of all the how’s and why’s, followed by plenty of individual attention, and a positive critique session. Past students have said of his workshops… “Rather than coming out with perfect little copies of what Tom does, I came out with a wealth of watercolor techniques which I can utilize in my painting.” “The best workshop I have ever had”… “Never a dull moment”… “Learned more in one day than I have in years”… “Patient, positive and knowledgeable.” Tom was listed as one of the nations top 20 teachers by watercolor magazine.
I start the first day talking and teaching while doing a simple demo. Showing one of 3 ways that a painting can be created. Then work individually with everyone in the afternoon, while painting on 1/4 sheets size paper working on…
- How to “Think Like An Artist” while using the techniques discussed.
- Spray bottle techniques
- Brush stroke techniques
- Having an art word in mind while painting
- How to paint loose.
The second day I work slowly and concentrate on the building blocks of what makes for a successful painting. Focusing on these painting lessons (again completing a lesson with the following each on a 1/4 sheet of paper):
- Focal point, and painting it first
- Secrets to having depth in a painting
- Stages to follow to finish a painting
- Color mixing and application of a bold first wash
- Value studies and emphasizing the use of lights and darks
I provide a lot of visual aids; handouts; demos; and plenty of individual help. The paintings that we do on the first two days, become guidelines for the following two days. The third and fourth days I do a morning demo; each with a lesson and theme (i.e. Sunlight & Shadow, The WOW Factor). Then answer questions and work individually on whatever the student wants or needs (i.e. you and I can play with more techniques or create a finished painting). Followed by a class critique at the end of the day. These last two days I am able to personalize the program for each student who has completed a questionnaire for me on the first day.