Landscape: Color & Composition! Don Andrews AWS

rock-reflectionsLearning to paint with watercolor should be fun! Don Andrews gives you the tools to help make it so….he brings such an easy attitude to his teaching that it belies the vast amount of good information provided.  This workshop will be packed with demos, discussions, individual help and personal and group critiques!

joes-countrysw-mission-churchDon will spend some daily classroom time addressing one of many major visual challenges; light, color mixing,  granulation and, organizing nature and  negative space.

You’ll then head out to paint at one of our many great painting sites in and around Belfast.  Don will do a short demo both morning and afternoon. You’ll have plenty of time to paint on your own and he’ll provide either individual instruction while you paint, visiting each of you at your easel, or will do a group critique at the end of the class day…both are great learning opportunities!  

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atrani-italylaundryDon’s class is for  artists at all levels; everyone can gain from his intimate understanding of the possibilities in the world of plein air painting. 

We think you’ll love painting in Belfast, a fun and quirky city (about 6000 with one traffic light,) at the mouth of the (say it!!) Passagassawakeag River high up on the coast of Penobscot Bay. It has river, harbor and ocean vistas, a busy working waterfront with red tugboats and a big bridge, cruise ships, boat builders, old boats on land, new boats in the harbor, fishing boats, pleasure craft, and kayakers! Belfast has always had a focus on festivals, street fairs, outdoor music, and arts and crafts events; there are some great shops and galleries. There is an Art Deco movie theater with an elephant on its roof, and a stunning variety of architecture, Victorian, Greek, Colonial and simple New England. There are some fine derelict buildings and a bit of industrial construction still around (Belfast used to be a big chicken processing and sardine canning center, but those are long gone.) There is a great natural foods Co-op, and a lot of artists, dancers and musicians…Belfast has a lively, cohesive, small town feel to it…hard not to love it! There are great places to eat…and a variety of lodging options in town and nearby (Click here for Lodging or Travel information! We’ll be based in a big studio at Waterfall Arts, less than a 1/2 mile out of town, in an old school now thriving as a successful community art center: http://www.waterfallarts.org/         

 

 

 
 

headshotDon Andrews is a nationally known watercolor artist and workshop instructor. He has conducted painting workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Africa for over 30 years.  Don is an active member and past board director of the American Watercolor Society. His paintings have received numerous awards in national watercolor competitions, including three awards from the American Watercolor Society , and two Best of Show awards from the New England Watercolor Society.
The author of  Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor, Interpreting the Landscape in Watercolor and Rough Sketches; Short Stories of a Traveling Artist, he has also created two DVD sets from full week workshops on painting figures and painting landscapes as well as a DVD, Making Watercolor Glow,  from his original video. Don’s also featured in Watson Guptill’s “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Watercolor” and North Light’s new book, “Confident Color” and has had numerous feature articles published in American Artist magazine and the Watercolor issue of American Artist
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Some General Class Information:

  • We will process your payment after we get your online Registration and will email you a receipt. A $300 deposit will hold your space. Refund and Cancellation Policies are at the bottom of the Registration Form.

  • You will get a Supply List and more detailed info when you Register, and again about a month before the class.

  • If you will need mediums, let me know and I will have them here for you to buy in class. You are also welcome to ship materials ahead…ask for the address!

  • The first day, the Studio will open early…we will make sure you know the time!Classes usually run M-F, between 8:30-4:30, but the exact hours are at the Instructor’s discretion…never fewer than 6 hours total/day, but sometimes we start earlier or end later…or both!

  • We eat dinner (Dutch) somewhere as a group at least once, usually Monday nite for starters; friends, companions, hosts are welcome to come along.

  • We always have a lunch break, to use or not, it’s up to you…and a lunch plan depending on where we are painting.

  • The Plein Air plan for the day is weather-dependent and usually decided at the end of the previous day if possible, or more likely, each morning!

  • If your class is Plein Air, make sure your Class Monitors know where you have set up, and try to stay close to the demo area. Less running around for them, more time for feedback to you!

  • Our Studios are large with good light; you’ll have your own table space and you are welcome to leave equipment etc. there for the duration of the class. It may be possible to paint after hours, we’ll explain the logistics!

  • There are some steps to the main floor where the Studios are located but there is an elevator in the building if you need it.

  • There is ample free parking at the Studio building, which is within walking distance of downtown.

  • We carpool (or sometimes walk) to Plein Air painting sites, most of which have shade and at the least, a porta-potty or nearby facilities. You will get good directions and we usually caravan. Please, do NOT depend on your GPS unless we say so!

  • Each class has an experienced Monitor (or two!) as your Go-To person for any problems or needs…please ask…we all will do our absolute best to see that you have a great class experience!

  • Downtown has great galleries, shops and food and the area is full of wonderful places to paint!

  • For Lodging and Travel info, click on the buttons on the Home Page.

  • Cancellation and Refund info is at the bottom of the online Registration Form…(please do read the Policies before you check that you have!)

  • Be sure to contact us with any questions. Thanks!