Guild Workshops

2020 Workshops

Our Guild is planning for three workshops in 2020 featuring enough diversity in instructors and topics to interest everyone in our Guild. Please consider taking at least one of these workshops.

March 16, 2020: Preserving Whites/Demystifying Shadows with Robin Poteet

Painting in watercolor is a joyous process. It also challenges us, particularly as we strive to preserve the white of the paper or create lively shadows and darks.

Details: This is a one-day workshop is scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in our monthly meeting room in the Fellowship Hall at Church of Our Savior, 1165 Rio Road E., Charlottesville, VA. Download a copy of the materials and supplies list for this workshop by clicking on this link; any update will be emailed to all attendees ahead of the workshop. The cost for this workshop is $75, Sign up by contacting Patty Richmond– email pattyrichmond@comcast.net or phone (434)296-2979– or see her at one of our monthly meetings.

Morning session: Robin will demonstrate ways to preserve the white of your paper as you paint. Keeping that lovely white is a hallmark of watercolor and you’ll learn a number of techniques to keep your whites bright and clear. After her demo, participants will have an opportunity to paint with individual guidance.

Afternoon session: Robin will demonstrate the hows, whys, and colors of shadows. You’ll learn to think beyond gray and learn to choose the best shadow colors for your subject. After her demo, participants will have an opportunity to paint with individual guidance.

About Robin:  Robin paints watercolors in a manner that appeals to artists and art collectors alike. Her career began in Advertising & Graphic Design with major US companies and has transitioned into full-time painting. She is a sought-after instructor in the mid-Atlantic, has been featured in national magazines and has won numerous awards. She maintains a studio in Salem, VA.  Follow Robin via her website at: www.robinpoteet.com.

May 11, 2020: The Value of Value Sketches with Peg Sheridan

From our instructor of this, our second workshop of the year:

The best way to improve your paintings, and have your work noticed in shows, is to learn to design with values.

Peg Sheridan

Peg will show you how to see, mix, and compose with light to dark values. You will learn how to make a value sketch in 5 to 15 minutes, saving yourself hours of correcting and dozens of failures. Then, learn how to assign colors to fit those values. When your value sketch works, you can choose any color palette and succeed.

This class is designed for painters with some experience in watercolor painting. It is open to ages 13 and up.

Details: This is a one-day workshop is scheduled for Monday, May 11, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in our monthly meeting room in the Fellowship Hall at Church of Our Savior, 1165 Rio Road E., Charlottesville, VA. A list of materials will be provided to all attendees ahead of the workshop. The cost of this workshop is $75. Sign up by contacting Patty Richmond– email pattyrichmond@comcast.net or phone (434)296-2979– or see her at one of our monthly meetings.

October 28-29, 2020: Watercolor Painting with Linda Suomi Bethke

This two-day workshop focuses on texture techniques in landscapes and watercolor on canvas with mainly a simple loose flower exercise. Workshop participants will loosen up the first morning by experimenting with new materials, textures, and techniques. Following lunch, painters will choose to begin a step-by-step watercolor scene incorporating the morning’s techniques or develop and begin a personal scene of their choosing.  

The morning of day two will have participants explore forgiving, fabulous watercolor canvas working with plants and flowers. The afternoon will be spent completing our paintings from the previous day.

Demonstrations, individual help, encouragement, and lots of creative fun is planned for all.

Details: This workshop will be held over two days on October 27-28, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The location for this workshop is still being arranged; we’ll announce the location shortly. A list of materials will be provided to all attendees ahead of the workshop. The cost for this workshop is $150. Sign up by contacting Patty Richmond– email pattyrichmond@comcast.net or phone (434)296-2979– or see her at one of our monthly meetings.


2019 Workshops

Drawing to Painting with Bill Snow

CVWG’s final workshop of 2019 featured member Bill Snow leading 23 students in two days of instruction in how he uses detailed drawings to develop and improve his watercolor art. Bill encouraged the students to develop multiple detailed drawings of various sizes, arrangement of key elements, and cropping in planning the overall painting.

The following images demonstrate Bill’s use of detailed drawings in development of a painting:

Painting the Blue Ridge Mountains with Peg Sheridan

Member Peg Sheridan led a three day workshop covering how she approaches painting a wide variety of subjects that are commonly found in our local Blue Ridge Mountains including ridge lines, atmospheric perspective, rocks, trees, fog, and waterfalls.

Peg’s instruction including mixing color, painting wet-in-wet, creating texture, saving whites, painting composition, planning values, and choosing a limited palette.

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