Workshops & Events

Drawing with Watercolor Workshop with  John Rise
Assisted by Mike Grecian
Artist, designer, and Savannah College of Art and Design instructor John Rise will lead this investigation into the use of watercolor as a drawing medium.

Free Demo: 
Thursday, August 17, 2017: 3pm-5pm 
You must call to reserve your seat: 941-366-2301 press 1
2 Workshops: $75 (supplies not included)
Friday, August 18, 2017: 10am-4pm
Saturday, August 19, 2017: 10am-4pm

($30 gift bag with workshop)
You must call to reserve your seat: 941-366-2301 press 1

From Mr. Rise:

Watercolor as a drawing tool (a significant distinction from using watercolor as a painting medium) uses the material nature of the medium as a means to examine the value structure of composition; and to use the medium as a linear drawing tool. Structural value and continuous examination of the subject/composition, coupled with the aqueous quality of watercolor, will result in a more cohesive, unified and powerful watercolor composition.
This does not infer that the pieces we do in this workshop are not considered a "finished painting," but instead we will use watercolor to expand our preconceived use of the medium as a spontaneous medium.  My position is that we can change the stereotype of watercolor, wet into wet, to a medium of drawing, removing those limitations imposed upon artists.
I look to Homer, Sargent, and the incredible watercolors by Andrew Wyeth as the summit of American watercolor. The British contribution of watercolor as manifested by John Constable, Joseph Turner and James Whistler (okay, he's an American - but expatriate) solidify our connotation of watercolor as a spontaneous, do-what-it-will-do-and-leave-it-alone medium.
But when we look at watercolors by the British artists, Richard Bonington, John Ruskin and William Blake; and the American watercolors of John Audubon, Walton Ford, and the Helga watercolors by Wyeth; we see a different/distinctive use of watercolor which takes more time and suggests more control of the media.  When time is extended into the process of making a watercolor, then more physical layers of transparent paint and more layers of thought, ideas and content are infused into the finished product.


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Art & Frame of Sarasota and Johnson PhotoImaging
   are sponsoring a 
Veterans Photography & Art Exhibit at the Hall Gallery in Sarasota at Saba Plaza. 
Reception - May 19th at 6 PM - 8 PM 
 Veterans, showcasing their recent photography or artwork. The theme for the exhibit is open.

The show will run from May 19th to June 29th.


Pen & Ink Multi Media Class with Mike Grecian

You have played during Mikes test drive now learn more techniques
 during this informative and fun workshop.
$45.00 Per Class
Choose from 3 different class times:

Friday, June 9, 2017: 10:00 am -12:00 am
Friday, June 9, 2017: 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Saturday, June 10, 2017: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Call 941-366-2301 for reservations

Better material, better satisfaction.
You will work with a very well rounded selection of papers and surfaces to experiment 
with pen, ink and watercolor techniques.

1 comment:

  1. Mike Grecian's workshops always are a blast. I highly recommend them! I walk out with at least a few new techniques, a bag full of goodies, experience with new materials, (and a few new items on my shopping list!)


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