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*Workshops do not include supplies. Each instructor will send their supply list to students. 

*If you are not able to attend, you may send someone in your place. No cancellations within 2 weeks of the workshop start date. Thank you! 

Visit WSI's YouTube Channel to see the amazing instructors that have taught members of The Watercolor Society of Indiana! Check back to see who is coming to Indiana for workshop of all levels.

https://www.youtube.com/@watercolorsocietyofindiana/

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, July 10, 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, July 12, 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260
    • 12
    Register

    Watercolor Workshop with Artist Lynn D. Pratt, AWS, WIW, VWS, NEWS.

    Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260

    July 10 to 12, 2024. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Break for lunch. 

    3-day Workshop Price: $340 for WSI Members. $400 for Non-Members. 

    “Painting Paint Brushes”

    Do your paintings ever look flat and lack depth?

    This class focuses on how to make a painting look three dimensional and realistic.

    We will focus on how to show highlights and shadows while still showing the shape of the object and how to make your paintings jump off the page.

    You will also learn how to mix your pigments so you have dynamic vibrant shadows and dark areas to enhance and add life to your paintings. We will work on dry brush techniques to add realistic texture.

    Learn how to add those finishing details that make your watercolors full of life!

    Lynn is a Signature Member of the American Watercolor Society of Indiana, Women in Watercolor, the Vermont Watercolor Society, and the Northeast Watercolor Society. Learn more about Lynn at: https://lynndpratt.com/.

    The Supply list, will be sent to students closer to the workshop.




    If you are not able to attend, you may send someone in your place. No cancellations within 2 weeks of workshop start date. Thank you! 

    • Monday, September 09, 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tuesday, September 10, 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Eiteljorg Museum Classrooms,
    • 19
    Register

    How to Add Life to your Watercolor Landscape with Gayle Weisfield from Taos, New Mexico.

    September 9 - 10, 2024. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Space is limited.

    At the Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204


    2-day Workshop Price: $175 for WSI Members. $225 for Non-Members. Break for lunch each day.


    Join other watercolor artists on a journey as Gayle guides you through creating a landscape painting and creating a story by adding life to your painting. This workshop will take place in the classrooms.

    Pack a lunch and snacks, or order food from the Museum Cafe.


    Plan on sketching, painting, and group conversation. Gayle will provide the supply list needed for this workshop. This class is for adults, beginner to intermediate level, some painting experience required. A third day is offered to advance your painting and skills. See here: Advance Your Landscape with Gayle Weisfield


    Learn More about Gayle! Watch this interview: https://fb.watch/lIbyuRlicD/ . Visit these websites:

     https://www.weisfieldwesternart.com/ ,  https://eiteljorg.org/quest-for-the-west-artist-weisfield-gayle/ .

    Ghose Riders   Monastery Road Overlooking the Rio Puebl0 

    Bio - Western art tells the story of the great American West, past and present. This fading, rugged lifestyle sparks the imagination of artists, authors, and people from around the world.  Gayle is no stranger to western life. She grew up on a ranch in the hills above Lyle, Washington where some of her fondest memories include morning sunrises on Mt. Hood and cooking pancakes for the kids and crew. The daily chores were hard work, putting up 200 tons of hay and caring for up to 1000 hogs, beef and milk cows plus breeding registered show horses.

    Ranching life taught Gayle to enjoy long hours, hard work and a darn good story. Gayle translates these experiences and the values of country life into her passion for art. 

    Guided by her watercolor mentor, Phil Tylor, Gayle studied and received a BFA in Art and Architecture from the University of Washington. She soon become a professional artist, teacher, and entrepreneur. Courage, curiosity and wanderlust has taken Gayle around the world to explore the art and cultures of strange and interesting lands. Gayle is not known for letting grass grow under her feet, and describes her life's experiences as a series of different projects.  When asked how to become a successful artist, Gayle says," live an interesting life," and on that count, Gayle has kept the iron in the fire Her energy and enthusiasm has lead Gayle down many different paths. She has designed houses, patented a watercolor paper stretcher, owned and operated a rowdy rock & roll bar, two restaurants, and a 450 seat live performance theater, but painting has always been the force that shaped her life. 

    Gayle is an award-winning artist and world traveler. She moved to Taos and restored three historic adobes located on the south side, near the San Francisco De Asis church in Ranchos de Taos. These are now her studio, fine art gallery and home.  Gayle lives the artists dream.  Her work is in many collections, she competes in watercolor competitions and is a signature member of the New Mexico, Taos, Northwest, and Missouri Watercolor Societies.

    Notable Awards and Achievements
    2022 Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Award of Excellence in Water Media2021 Pike’s Peak Watercolor International Show award; Judges Choice
    2019 Fallbrook Art Center, Signature AWS National Show, Judges Choice
    2016 Old West Museum, Western Spirit Juried Show, Best Watercolor
    2015 International Watercolor Society, Watercolor West Show, Judge’s Choice
    2013 Texas Watercolor Society, National Annual Exhibition, Honorable Mention
    2011 Georgia Watercolor Society, National Juried Competition, Qoro Award

    Selected Publications
    Taos Magazine, New Mexico
    Watercolor Artist Magazine, competition back panel
    Southwest Art, Artistic Excellence
    Splash 11: New Directions

    Memberships
    Northwest Watercolor Society
    Missouri Watercolor Society
    Taos Art Museum, “Fechin House” Taos Watercolor Society

    Gallery Representation
    Heritage Fine Arts Taos

    Artist Gayle Weisfield is a featured in the "Quest for the West" Exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum. During her stay, The Watercolor Society will host a private tour and meet-n-greet with Gayle on Sunday, Sept. 10th; a separate event than the workshop. Check back for more information.

    *Workshops do not include supplies. Each instructor will send their supply list to students. 

    *If you are not able to attend, you may send someone in your place. No cancellations within 2 weeks of workshop start date. Thank you! 

    • Wednesday, September 11, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Eiteljorg Museum Classrooms,
    • 18
    Register

    How to Advance your Watercolor Landscape with Gayle Weisfield from Taos, New Mexico.

    September 11, 2024. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Space is limited.

    At the Eiteljorg Museum, 500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204


    1-day Workshop Price: $90 for WSI Members. $135 for Non-Members. Break for lunch.


    Join other watercolor artists as Gayle works with you on advancing your painting. Either from the 2-day workshop or bring a painting you're currently working on. This workshop will take place in the classrooms. Pack a lunch and snacks, or order food from the Museum Cafe.


    Gayle will provide the supply list needed for this workshop. This class is for adults, intermediate to advanced level.

    Learn More about Gayle! Watch this interview: https://fb.watch/lIbyuRlicD/ . Visit these websites:

     https://www.weisfieldwesternart.com/ ,  https://eiteljorg.org/quest-for-the-west-artist-weisfield-gayle/ .

    Ghose Riders   Monastery Road Overlooking the Rio Puebl0 

    Bio - Western art tells the story of the great American West, past and present. This fading, rugged lifestyle sparks the imagination of artists, authors, and people from around the world.  Gayle is no stranger to western life. She grew up on a ranch in the hills above Lyle, Washington where some of her fondest memories include morning sunrises on Mt. Hood and cooking pancakes for the kids and crew. The daily chores were hard work, putting up 200 tons of hay and caring for up to 1000 hogs, beef and milk cows plus breeding registered show horses.

    Ranching life taught Gayle to enjoy long hours, hard work and a darn good story. Gayle translates these experiences and the values of country life into her passion for art. 

    Guided by her watercolor mentor, Phil Tylor, Gayle studied and received a BFA in Art and Architecture from the University of Washington. She soon become a professional artist, teacher, and entrepreneur. Courage, curiosity and wanderlust has taken Gayle around the world to explore the art and cultures of strange and interesting lands. Gayle is not known for letting grass grow under her feet, and describes her life's experiences as a series of different projects.  When asked how to become a successful artist, Gayle says," live an interesting life," and on that count, Gayle has kept the iron in the fire Her energy and enthusiasm has lead Gayle down many different paths. She has designed houses, patented a watercolor paper stretcher, owned and operated a rowdy rock & roll bar, two restaurants, and a 450 seat live performance theater, but painting has always been the force that shaped her life. 

    Gayle is an award-winning artist and world traveler. She moved to Taos and restored three historic adobes located on the south side, near the San Francisco De Asis church in Ranchos de Taos. These are now her studio, fine art gallery and home.  Gayle lives the artists dream.  Her work is in many collections, she competes in watercolor competitions and is a signature member of the New Mexico, Taos, Northwest, and Missouri Watercolor Societies.

    Notable Awards and Achievements
    2022 Plein Air Painters of New Mexico, Award of Excellence in Water Media2021 Pike’s Peak Watercolor International Show award; Judges Choice
    2019 Fallbrook Art Center, Signature AWS National Show, Judges Choice
    2016 Old West Museum, Western Spirit Juried Show, Best Watercolor
    2015 International Watercolor Society, Watercolor West Show, Judge’s Choice
    2013 Texas Watercolor Society, National Annual Exhibition, Honorable Mention
    2011 Georgia Watercolor Society, National Juried Competition, Qoro Award

    Selected Publications
    Taos Magazine, New Mexico
    Watercolor Artist Magazine, competition back panel
    Southwest Art, Artistic Excellence
    Splash 11: New Directions

    Memberships
    Northwest Watercolor Society
    Missouri Watercolor Society
    Taos Art Museum, “Fechin House” Taos Watercolor Society

    Gallery Representation
    Heritage Fine Arts Taos

    Artist Gayle Weisfield is a featured in the "Quest for the West" Exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum. During her stay, The Watercolor Society will host a private tour and meet-n-greet with Gayle on Sunday, Sept. 10th; a separate event than the workshop. Check back for more information.

    *Workshops do not include supplies. Each instructor will send their supply list to students. 

    *If you are not able to attend, you may send someone in your place. No cancellations within 2 weeks of workshop start date. Thank you! 

    • Tuesday, October 08, 2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, October 11, 2024
    • 4:00 PM
    • Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260
    • 20
    Register

    "Wild Women Workshop" with Artist Jennifer Stone

    Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260

    October 8 to 11, 2024. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Break for lunch. 

    Presented by

    With the support of WSI Signature Member Marianne Glick of Glick Art, WSI is able to present this unique opportunity to learn from artist Jennifer Stone AND give WSI Members a considerable discount for this 4-day event.


    Sign up now before spaces fill up! 4-day Workshop Price: $275 for WSI Members. $475 for Non-Members. 

    Wild Women Workshop - Exploring the possibilities in making original collage is endless. Jennifer will lead you through the steps of making some basic collage and move into more extensive layers. All of this will provide you with a collection of papers to create a variety of art pieces. The class includes a variety of ways to use textural effects and create more interest in your piece. We will concentrate on Jennifer's "Wild Women" class. She provides a template of the face, so no drawing skills are required. Surprisingly, each Wild Woman will differ from everyone else’s in the workshop! "I love all of the interacting of the artists as the workshop ensues. There’s always lots of laughter and fun! I will also share ways to incorporate your collage into different art pieces. Bring your creative self and be ready for a lot of fun!" - Jennifer Stone

     

    Learn more about Jennifer and her artwork at https://jenniferstoneartwork.com/jennifer-stone-artwork-2/

    SUPPLY LIST

    • 1 full sheet of #300 watercolor paper. any brand. (can be split in half).
    • 1 large 22 x 30 approx support board.
    • 1 half sheet support board.
    • Tracing paper large roughly 15 x 22.
    • Acrylic paint a variety of colors. I use golden fluid acrylics.
    • Include titanium white and carbon black matte gel or matte medium any brand and an old flat brush to apply it.
    • Pop up Kleenex.
    • Black and white paint 8 oz each (cheap is fine for this).
    • Scissors.
    • Peel and stick fun foam sheets (Walmart).
    • 4 quart size zip lock bags
    • 4 foam pro trim rollers (Menards)
    • Stamps and stencils you may have.
    • Molding paste.
    • An old credit/hotel key card
    • 1-2 pkgs of white gift tissue (Like Hallmark brand).
    • 6 kitchen size plastic garbage bags, not the stretch type
    • water containers, include one that is larger, approx. 6 in X 6 in or larger.
    • 2 inch foam brush.
    • 3 inch brayer.
    • Fine mister water bottle
    • kneaded eraser and pencil.
    • Acrylic inks if you have them.
    • I like to do some mark making with watercolor pencils and caran d’ache crayons so if you have anything else you’d like to use, this is the time to experiment!
    • Jennifer will provide the deli paper to make your collage.

    If you are not able to attend, you may send someone in your place. No cancellations within 2 weeks of workshop start date. Thank you! 

    • Saturday, October 19, 2024
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Art Barn School of Art, 695 N. 400 E., Valparaiso, IN 46383
    • 16
    Register

    Intermediate Watercolor Workshop with WSI Member Terry Armstong.

    The Art Barn School of Art, 695 N. 400 E., Valparaiso, IN 46383

    Saturday, October 19, 2024, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm ET

    (Valparaiso's local time is 9:00 am to 3:00 pm CT).

    Adult Class Ages 18+.

    $90 per person includes a box lunch.


    Join Terry Armstrong as he walks you through these Autumn Pumpkins, learning to create several types of texture with watercolors.


    Paper Size:  12” x 18” (or larger) horizontal -- Use a good quality rough cold press paper.

    Directions:  Lightly sketch the pumpkins with as much detail as possible.  Include a few leaves in foreground and large dark cracks in the tree.  Be sure to add an additional 1-inch white space beyond photo reference on all four sides.  

    Students should bring:

    • Watercolor block or stretched watercolor paper with the image drawn out. (I use Twinrocker or Arches 140 or 300 lb. paper, cold press or rough).  Lightly sketch in as much detail as possible. 
    • Reference material – Please bring photo of pumpkins with you.
    • Assortment of watercolor paints  *(see below)
    • Water container (mason jar works fine)
    • Plastic paint pallet
    • Exacto knife
    • Masking fluid
    • India ink (black) – Optional
    • Assortment of brushes (1” Flat w/c brush, variety of round w/c brushes, 2”– 3” hog hair brush, #12 stiff Filbert oil brush
    • Palette knife

    Please bring high quality (tube) watercolor paints to achieve similar results as instructor. I prefer Winsor-Newton. Although these specific colors are not all required for the workshops, the primary watercolor paints that I use are:

    Alizarin Crimson

    French Ultra Marine

    Prussian Blue

    Black

    Hookers Green or Sap Green

    Permanent White Gouache

    Burnt Sienna

    Quinachridone Gold

    Raw Umber

    Cadmium Yellow Deep

    Opaque White Gouache

    Winsor Yellow

    Cobalt Turquoise light (Gouache)

    Opera Pink or Opera Rose Gouache

    Yellow Ochre

    Neutral Tint


    Space is limited. You do not have to be a member of WSI to sign up. Registration through The Watercolor Society of Indiana is required. 

     

    LIVE DEMO FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC

    4:30 m to 5:30 pm ET

    (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm CT Valparaiso local time)

    After the workshop, Terry will perform a painting demo. This is separate from the workshop, free, and open to all. If you are unable to attend, you may watch the demo through WSI's Livestream Video on WSI's YouTube Channel. A recording will be available.

    BIOGRAPHY

    Terry Armstrong is a Hoosier-born artist. Greatly influenced by visits to his grandparents' Indiana farm and the natural beauty of the area, he uses the spontaneity of watercolor, dry brush, and egg tempera to capture the true essence of the Midwest. Terry strives for balance between realism and abstraction - where these images excite and evoke a strong feeling or memory. Although his paintings focus on the simple life of rural America, the artwork is also representative of the changing seasons and his childhood memories. Having spent most of his childhood in Columbia City, Indiana, Terry graduated from Carroll High School, Ft. Wayne, and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in both fine art and commercial art from Indiana University/Purdue University, Ft. Wayne. He retired from Biomet, Inc., an orthopedic company in Warsaw, after 25 years of service in marketing communications to pursue his passion of fine art. He now focuses on painting full time, instructing workshops. Terry also served as an assistant professor in watercolor at a local college. His work has captured many honors, among which are the People's Choice Awards and Best of Show in numerous art exhibits. Terry's paintings have been exhibited in numerous galleries in the United States. The Terry Armstrong Watercolor Studio/Gallery is located in their historic 1870's brick home located on twelve acres near Warsaw, Indiana, where he lives with his wife, Mary. Although much of his spare time is painting in his studio, Terry is also an avid runner and enjoys fishing, hiking and the outdoors.

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    Learn more about Terry Armstrong here: https://terryarmstrong.net/

    Learn more about The Art Barn School of Art here: https://www.artbarnschool.org/

    Art Barn School of Art, housed in a century-old, renovated barn, is dedicated to fostering the love of art for artists of all ages and abilities in its unique 69-acre environment in Porter County, IN.  Art Barn offers a full range of art education classes for children and adults plus exhibitions and cultural programs year-round. In Spring, gallery walls fill floor to ceiling for the annual juried art exhibition (with a 30-year history). In September its annual outdoor Art Blitz festival engages visitors in artmaking, demonstrations and fun for the whole family.


New Workshop Location 

Space that's Ideal for Social Distancing!


  • Gymnasium size room for all attendees to have their own table (plenty of social distancing room!)
  • Two large screens for demo viewing (no need to sit close together and view the demo on an overhead mirror!)
  • Easy access to interstate and lots of parking with elevators!
  • Limited class size to accommodate for social distancing
  • Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260

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Indianapolis, IN 46240 

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