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Watercolor Portrait 3 Day Workshop taught by Tara Sweeney

January 12 @ 10:00 am - January 14 @ 4:00 pm

Register Now | $210

This class has nearly filled. Please call the store 651-698-6431 to register at this time. Thanks!

Saturday, January 12th 10am-4pm, Sunday, January 13th 12-4pm, and Monday, January 14th 10am-4pm

FEE: $210

Watercolors are a lot like people—you have to accept their quirks as well as their best qualities. That spontaneity makes watercolor the perfect medium to capture likeness and character in transparent washes and lively brushwork. Following watercolor’s playful lead jumpstarts creativity, wakes up intuition and strengthens technique—all of which helps you create a painting instead of a copy of a photo. Through demos, guided practice and individualized feedback you learn a three-layer, four-value, hold-the-white approach to transparent watercolor beginning with a step-by-step value study. The same techniques help you see and paint more complex color shapes and values. Gain confidence through compositional planning, drawing tips, limited palette color mixing, playing with pigment characteristics, wet into wet mingling magic, lively gestures, and intentional lost and found edges. All levels welcome. Materials list and photo selection guidelines available after registration.

WetPaint_pocketjournal_headshotInstructor Bio:
Saint Paul teaching artist Tara Sweeney has been creating award-winning watercolors for nearly forty years. She holds signature status in the MN Watercolor Society and National Watercolor Society. “Close to Home: Sketching a Minnesota Year,” is her debut collection of illustrated creative nonfiction. She was awarded a 2017 MN state arts board artist initiative grant to illustrate the picture book A to Zåäö, as artist-in-residence at the American Swedish Institute (University of MN Press publication, spring 2019.) She taught drawing and painting at Augsburg College for 25 years. She holds degrees in design and studio art from the University of WI and an MFA from MCAD.

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January 12 @ 10:00 am
January 14 @ 4:00 pm
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