South Pomfret, Vermont
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Watercolor Weekends: Negative Painting

Put the focus on your subject matter by exploring the depth and space around it.

This workshop focuses on creating depth in your work with a wonderful technique called “negative painting.” Put the focus on your subject matter by learning how to explore the depth and space around it with multiple layers of glazes and lost and found edges. We will cover simple yet dynamic color schemes, color saturation, saving whites and creating rich darks. Start loose, create shapes, and resolve your paintings with just enough detail to suggest the subject without overworking it. A supply list is available.

This is the first of four classes in the Watercolor Weekends à La Carte series, an ongoing program of one-day workshops. Watercolor, more than other painting mediums, is very technique-based. It is also a transparent medium, which sets it apart from other types of paint. These workshops will focus on color, core techniques, and understanding the tricks and timing to get the most out of each application. Demonstrations and individual studies will inform your painting process. These workshops are for all levels and more experienced painters will be given activities that challenge them where they’re at. Choose the classes that best fit your needs and schedule.

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.