Fresh Paths in
Watercolor, a Finishing School for Your Paintings:
Developed from my book
and workshop, Master Disaster, this course will emphasize five
strategies for successfully bringing your paintings to completion.
It is appropriate for all levels of experience and all media,
as long as you has some familiarity painting. Due to chemical
sensitivities, I teach in watercolor. I can accommodate artists
working in acrylics if a separate room is available for them.
Collage and other media are encouraged. Oils are not recommended
due to their long drying time.
What makes an outstanding painting? Clean, vibrant colors, a terrific
color strategy, great design that truly fills the page, and the
one thing that everyone asks me "why has no other workshop
told me this?"--that secret ingredient turns a painting into
fine art--content. Take your paintings and other ceations to a
This course is built to
inspire confidence in new and experienced artists painting in
any media. Never again will you ask yourself "what should
I paint" or "now what do I with this painting!"
One very experienced artist told me how much she learned from
the course, and added "and when I came I thought that I knew
everything!" This is what she and many, many others have
1. Learn my secret technique for correcting and adjusting your
2. Learn how to creatively deal with boring spaces
3. Learn what makes "mud" and dead colors, how to avoid
them, and how to use color strategies to express content.
4. Create an indispensable "flip book" for organizing
both color and design strategies.
5. Learn what is content and why it is the secrete ingredient
in fine art.
Learn how to work in a series and self-direct your future works.
Develop your self-confidence. Explore your business questions.
I taught school for several years and have a Master's Degree in
Learning and Behovoral Disorders, so I teach with a lively balance
of demos, digital presentations, discussions, one-on-one conferences
and plenty of individual help you will discover the meaning of
content, its value and how to achieve it in your work.
Many have called this the best workshop that they have ever taken.
By teaching you the vocabulary of success, you will go home charged,
confident and ready to take a fresh path.
Susan is an award winner and signature member of AWS, NWS, TWSA,
the Watercolor USA Honor Society, as well as the author of the
North Light book and DVD, Master
Disaster. Her current
series of paintings, "Once Upon a Time there were Free-Range
Children," was featured in three solo museum exhibitions.
She has won three grants from the NC Council of the Arts. Her
paintings have been accepted into three American Watercolor Exhibitions,
2013, 2014 and 2016, winning 2 major prizes.
Master Disaster/Fresh Paths in Watercolor
have had this workshop long ago." many students in Fairborne,
more about creating art in this workshop than in any workshop
or college course I thave ever taken." Jackie
tell you how much I learned in this course, and when I came I
thought I knew everything!" anonymous in Idaho
learned the first day was worth the price of the whole workshop."
is worth more than any five workshops that you have ever gone
"It was one of the most influential workshops I have taken."
"This was the most
inspiring workshop I have attended. Sue has given me the "no
fear" attitude toward art, especially my own!" Jeannine,
Everyone on the planet
shour take this course. Kathy (who took the course three times.)
Workshop Themes to choose from:
and Design Strategies,
Take your painting to new heights in three days."
Study the color plans that have created masterpieces throughout
the ages. By pushing your painting toward one of these strategies,
you will learn to organize your palette, express moods and content
and pull your paintings together. Create mature, unified and
polished works. Discover how to avoid "mud."
value and design strategies to take a boring painting beyond
what you ever dreamed possible. Value strategies are by far the
strongest way to create remarkable paintings. Learn that you
can push a painting toward one of these strategies at any stage
of the work. You will finish a bomb of a painting and create
a reference "flip book" that will become your painting
bible. Learn to paint not like me, but like yourself--only better.
(3 days, all levels, all media)
through Color Strategies, Fracturing and Borders."
Content, putting yourself
and your ideas into your paintings, is difficult for some to
fathom harder to teach. This course approaches content in a manageable,
concrete way that will open new doors of creativity for you.
Through the study of the color plans that have created masterpieces,
you will learn to reinforce the mood of your painting. By fracturing
and creating borders, you will make separate areas for additional
thoughts and information about your topic. Content. Content is
everything. Content is what makes a painting a work of art. (4-5
on Location/Polish in the Studio"
is both invigorating and overwhelming. The work that most of
us do on location comes out either weak or very similar to most
other location paintings. This course is designed to address
these three problems. Learn to enjoy painting outside. Learn
to create gutsy and unusual paintings, and then carry these lessons
into a series of paintings from your references.
Each day you will sit in a lovely location, absorb its ambience,
and study it for unusual perspectives. Then, returning to the
studio, we will brainstorm and develop numerous possible designs
and color strategies to create unique "landscapes."
Quick Travel Masterpieces"
will give you the confidence to sketch while traveling. Broken
up into five individual steps, this sketching style can fit beautifully
into your travel constraints. The course can be taught outside
at your location, or bring me along on a trip--I love to travel
and spend serious time with students and artists. See my China and Italian sketches for some ideas. Create memories to go!
Jump Start Your Art"
You can learn to use this vibrant,
portable media in "Watercolor 101," a 2-4 day workshop.And
learn not to fear it, for corrections can and will be made at
any point in your paintings.
But don't limit yourself to the technical aspects of the media.
Through discussions, slides and a project, we will explore "content"--what
makes a painting a work of art. You will leave this course with
a plan for future growth, how to work in a series. This introduction
to watercolor is also an introduction to becoming an artist.
All of these
courses have been taught from Vancouver, B. C. to Beaufort, S.C.,
from to Wisconsin to the Asociacion Acuarelistas de Puerto Rico.
With two degrees in education,
I love teaching and pride myself in it. Due to my teaching experience
in a very progressive school system, I am better able to meet
the needs of a wide variety of artists. You will return to your
studios with concrete skills and "Flip Books" that
will be your foundation for continued growth. With a Master's
Degree in Learning and Behavioral Disorders, trust me, I can
teach anyone and handle any classroom management "challenge."
If I need to fly to your location, travel cost and time is a
major problem. 4 or 5 day workshops (or combinations of workshops)
are the best bet for both your organization and myself. To discuss
the wonderful possibilities that I can offer, call me at 828
693-0553 or write me at firstname.lastname@example.org