MEL STABIN, AWS
HOW THE WORKSHOP WORKS
WATERCOLOR: SIMPLE, FAST, AND FOCUSED
Challenge yourself and go beyond your boundaries in watercolor! Mel's watercolor workshops will encourage you to express yourself and to experience the uniqueness of watercolor and its magical, spontaneous, unpredictable, and transparent qualities. Mel will help you discover that watercolor is at its best when it is set free. Emphasis is placed on simplifying your approach to subject matter and painting with energy and focus. You will gain more confidence thereby bringing more vitality to your watercolors. Principles of design and composition will be discussed throughout.
The workshop, which is designed for beginners* to advanced painters, includes daily morning demonstrations with Mel capturing the essence of subjects in a loose, representational style with a step-by-step simple explanation of solutions to every problem presented by the subject. There is personal instruction throughout as well as 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 9:30 a.m. and usually end at about 4:00 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 painting landscapes and people in land-scapes though some classes may 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 descrip-tions as well as a copy of Mel's suggested supply list may be obtained from the workshop organizers listed on the Contact Information page. If there is inclement weather during an outdoor workshop, there is indoor studio space available.
* Please note that we define beginners as students who have basic drawing and painting skills (regardless of medium).