South Pomfret, Vermont
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Face It: Portraiture in Watercolor

Discover how to capture the form, scale, and character of your subject in watercolor.

Examining the face through an artistic lens is an ever-changing source of inspiration for artists of all skill levels. There is an infinite number of creative ways to portray this sensitive subject matter with personal expression. We will learn how to capture form, scale, and character through simple drawing and watercolor brush exercises. Once these basic principles are understood, you will move on to a larger piece or a series of smaller studies. Color choices and a variety of watercolor techniques will be demonstrated throughout. Whether you choose to work on a self-portrait or a portrait of someone else, you are not limited to any one style. Try combining a traditional approach with a looser style or add additional descriptive visual elements that will personalize your muse.

Margaret Dwyer earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Siena Heights University and her Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Margaret works in several 2D and 3D mediums, with watercolor being her favorite. She is also a mural artist, having created dozens of murals both public and private throughout New England. Her work has been recognized in numerous juried national and international exhibitions and has been published in fine art books and magazines. Margaret is the 2019 Artist in Residence at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. She currently teaches fine art through Kimpton Brook Art Studio in Wilmot, NH and ArtisTree. For more information about Margaret, visit her website