Mel Stabin's watercolor workshops reflect the title of his first book, Watercolor:  Simple, Fast, and Focused.  Emphasis will be on design principles, composition, and color/value relationships  with  the  objective  of  building  strong  paintings by seeing and thinking simply, painting quickly and energetically, and focusing on the the idea of the painting.  Mel captures the essence of subjects in a loose, representational style.
The workshop, which is designed for beginners to advanced painters, includes daily morning demonstrations with a step-by-step simple explanation of solutions to every problem presented by the subject, personal instruction, and class critiques. Mel creates a casual and friendly atmosphere allowing an easy, open dialogue with his students making each workshop a joyful experience. 

Though workshop hours vary and are set by the individual workshop organizations, class hours usually start at about 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. and usually end at about 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. (with a break for lunch).  Some of the workshops are held indoors and others are held outdoors on location, which is noted in the individual workshop descriptions on the Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall pages.  All workshops are paint- ing landscapes and people in landscapes though some classes include a day or two of painting the clothed model either indoors or on location and this is also noted in the individual workshop descriptions.  Specific class hours and class descriptions as well as a copy of Mel's suggested supply list may be obtained from the workshop organizers listed on the Contact Info. page.  The supply list includes supplies for both indoor and outdoor workshops.  If there is inclement weather during an outdoor workshop, there are indoor facilities available.    

                 MEL STABIN, AWS, NWS