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Holiday Treasures Watercolor Workshop taught by Tara Sweeney

Virtual Event

December 1, 2020 @ 9:30 am December 2, 2020 @ 12:30 pm CST

Daily Schedule for two virtual sessions: 9:30-11 am livestream demo; 11am-noon offline worktime; noon-12:30 livestream Q&A


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All levels  

What holiday ornament, object or decoration is the one that your family loves best (or fights over)? Where did it come from? Who does it belong to? Why is it a treasure? We’ll work with watercolor and ink to create original artwork suitable for framing, sending or giving. Have your treasure on hand to work from, and a good quality photo reference to email to instructor.

 All levels welcome.

Materials List for Holiday Treasures:

– good quality watercolor paper or block; 5×7 inch or larger watercolor postcards or Strathmore watercolor cards in same size work too.

– professional quality watercolors with a couple of good-sized mixing wells–minimum of 6 colors including a red, yellow and blue

– large Aquash refillable round water brush, or traditional watercolor round brushes in size range #6-10

– 3 rinsing containers

– permanent black ink pen (instructor uses a TWSBI mini fountain pen)

– 2B drawing pencil

– kneaded eraser

– paper towels or a small clean household sponge or absorbent rag

– tracing paper

– graphite transfer paper

– optional water media instructor may use: brush markers; india ink with stopper applicator; watercolor pencils; uni-ball Signo gel-pen

Instructor Bio:
Saint Paul teaching artist, illustrator and author Tara Sweeney has been creating award-winning watercolors for nearly forty years. Her MN Book Award finalist picture book A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute, https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/a-to-zay-a-ap, published by University of MN Press, and funded by a MN State Arts Board grant, was showcased by TPT2’s MN Original https://www.tpt.org/post/artist-tara-sweeney/. The 33 original book illustrations are on view until January 24, 2021 by timed reservation in the American Swedish Institute exhibit the book inspired–extra/ordinary https://www.asimn.org/exhibitions-collections/exhibitions/extraordinary-american-swedish-institute-play

She is professor emeritus with Augsburg University where she taught for 25 years. She earned undergraduate degrees in design and studio art from the University of WI, and an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is a signature member of the MN Watercolor and National Watercolor Societies. tarasweeneyart.com @tarasweeneyart on Instagram.