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    • Sunday, June 12, 2022
    • 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Jewish Community Center, 6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260
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    BEGINNING WATERCOLOR CLASS with Jo Atkinson Belmont.

    *If you are interested in this class, please join the "Waitlist". More spots may become available, and another session may be offered thank you for your interest!

    This four-hour class will cover the basics of transparent watercolor painting. Items that will be discussed and used will include watercolor paints, brushes, paper, palettes, other tools used in watercolor, and techniques of application.

    Students will be involved in learning how to mix paints, paint the color wheel, color charts, different washes, application of techniques, and painting a simple object. Concentration will be focused on learning how to control the paint, how to mix the paint, and how to apply the paint. 

    A “finished painting” will not be the desired end of this class, but this class will prepare each student to continue their watercolor pursuit. This workshop is open to adults and teens ages 14 and up. You do not need to be a member of The Watercolor Society to attend!

    Supply List for this Workshop

      • 2 full sheets of 140 lb. paper (22 x 30) cut into halves (Arches, Fabriano, Saunders, Bockingford, Stonehenge, Canson Moulin.)  Paper quality is the single most important part of successful watercolor results.
      • Watercolor paint in tubes (no pan cakes please): reds, yellows, blues, greens (preferably brands such as Winsor Newton, Daniel Smith, Sennelier, Schminke, Graham, Holbein, or Qor.  
      • Brushes - rounds with good points, sizes 2,4, 6 and a mop brush, flat brush, or bigger brush for washes (synthetics are fine, just no plastic fiber brushes). Anything that you already have and like.
      • Palette - something that has some wells and flat areas for mixing.
      • Painting board - something like a piece of thin masonite, sheet of plastic, drawing board, etc. that is slightly bigger than your half sheet of paper.
      • Two water jars.
      • Pencil, ruler, and a pair of scissors.
      • Jar of masking fluid (rubber cement can be used if you don't want the expense of masking fluid and don't think you will ever use it again).
      • Roll of masking tape.

      Learn more about Artist and Instructor Jo Atkinson Belmont


      B.S. in Education, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois Major: Art Education’. Minor: Art History

      M.S. in Art Education, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana


      Art teacher and Chairman of the Art Department

      Mt. Vernon Community High School, Fortville, Indiana


      Fulbright Hayes Grant to study Art and Art History in Belgium and Holland


      Watercolor Society of Indiana

      Indiana Artists Club

      Hoosier Salon

      Hoosier Heritage Arts

      Irvington Art League

      Kentucky Watercolor Society

      Greater Cincinnati Watercolor Society

      American Watercolor Society

      Transparent Watercolor Society of American

      Northwest Watercolor Society

      National Watercolor Society

      About the Artist:

      Born and raised in Indiana, I was lucky enough to grow up having parents and grandparents who appreciated art. My paternal grandmother was an oil painter and my maternal grandmother like to do botanical drawings. I have been drawing since I can remember. I took as many art classes as I could in high school and went on to major in art in college. It was in college that I took my first formal watercolor class with Dr. Lynn E. Trank.

      From then on I was hooked on watercolor.   Later in life I took a class at the then Indianapolis Art League and studied with Shirley Werner Carr. My two artistic loves have been watercolor and clay. Early on I painted in a very abstract style, experimenting with paint and what it could do. As I have aged, my style has become more realistic to the point of hyper-realistism. I love detail, detail, detail, and high contrast of light and the play of light on objects. The dramatic lighting of the Baroque period in art history, combined with the infinite detail used by the 16th century Dutch and Flemish painters are characteristics that inspire me and I try to incorporate in my work.

      I taught at Mt. Vernon High School, Fortville, Indiana, for 31 years. It was a wonderful time and one of my greatest pleasures as a teacher is to see the trail of art educators, illustrators, photographers, graphic artists, and professional artists who have followed in my wake. In 2006 my husband and I retired to Mexico, where we lived for six years. There I devoted myself to art full time. To be an artist in Mexico is quite a different experience than in the U.S. In Mexico I worked in clay, being inspired by the ancient Mesoamerican cultures. I created over twenty full sized handbuilt ceramic masks based on myths and legends of the ancient cultures of that country. I also painted during that time, switching from one medium to the other.

      Since 2012 we have been back in the U.S. and watercolor has been my primary medium. My subjects range from florals, still life, landscapes, and occasionally animals. Visual art remains the strongest contender in how I share my thoughts and experiences. I think of my work as remembrances in time, of places I have traveled, of encountered experiences and beauty. I enjoy painting the ordinary in hopes the viewer will pause and notice things that are often overlooked. The intrigue of simple things is often lost to many. I like to challenge myself to create complex and beautiful images with simple subjects.

      Painting for me is not just about technique and abilities but getting pleasure from the process and the final project, starting with the things and places I have enjoyed. That is what drives me to paint. Paint gives a voice to images without the use of words.

      Salsa Verde by Jo Belmont

      • Tuesday, July 05, 2022
      • 9:00 AM
      • Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260

      Watercolor - All Levels Download this description and supply list here: Ken Call Workshop Description July 2022.pdf

      July 5-8, 2022. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Break for lunch. 4-day Workshop Price: $400 for 2022 WSI Members. $460 for Non-Members. 

      Learn to paint dynamic, colorful, figures and portraits under the guidance of an accomplished expert. Based on an intimate dance of light and color, Ken will show you how to bring your paintings to life while using your own personal vision and experiences. Comprehensive portrait and figure painting will be featured in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to work with your own personal favorite subject matter as well as reference photos provided by the instructor. One day during the week, you will work with a live model (clothed/draped).  The live model session is designed to help you work faster, capture gesture, and distill the subject matter down to simple elements.  Ken will show how easy it is to draw/paint from a live subject.

      There will be daily demos and plenty of one-on-one instruction for all who desire. At the end of each day, you will have the opportunity to share your work with Ken and the class for review and discussion.

      Ken has achieved signature status in AWS, NWS, MTWS, MOWS, IWS along with becoming a TWSA Master in 2017. He has won numerous awards including twenty Best in Shows, and his work has been featured in Watercolor Artist and American Artist Watercolor.

      “Starting in art school and all thru my early years as an illustrator I was encouraged to paint in many different mediums and styles. I tried them all but, in the end, I settled on watercolor. The spontaneity and flow just fit my personality and style. What I look for and strive to achieve can only be captured in this wonderful medium. The beautiful play of light and shadows, especially on and around the human figure, is what draws me in and gives me my inspiration.”


      WSI workshops are held at the Second Presbyterian Church (7700 N. Meridian Street, Indy 46260) in Indianapolis, IN.  This is a very large church with wonderful accommodations – and plenty of parking.  We suggest you use some kind of rolling cart to carry in your supplies (as you will have to walk from the large parking lot into the church, take an elevator, and go down a hallway to arrive at the workshop space).  We will have some rolling carts available to help when you arrive (but we don’t have enough for everyone).

      Each artist will have their own 8-foot table and plenty of room to safely social distance.  All demos can be viewed on large screen monitors from your table, or you can pull your chair up close to see Ken as he paints.  All demos are played back during the workshop for viewing again – so you can capture a technique after the demo is complete.  To get a sense of the room and space, you can look on our website for pictures of our past workshops. Truly, you will be impressed with the space, cleanliness, light, and technology offered at Second Presbyterian church (a wonderful partner and supporter of the arts).

      You will have access to a refrigerator and kitchen area to store your lunch or snacks.  WSI provides coffee, tea, and water (participants are encouraged to bring snacks to share with the group).  Daily, someone will pick up lunch orders at MacAlisters (about a mile from our workshop location).  Menus will be provided – we ask that you call & order your lunch for pickup and our volunteer will bring it to you.

      ·       Check out the workshop location:  https://www.secondchurch.org

      ·       Check out the Food Menu at:  McAlister's Deli Park Meridian | Deli Restaurant & Sandwich Shop Near Me (mcalistersdeli.com)

      ·       Previous workshop pictures:  Watercolor Society of Indiana - Workshops

      Ken Call - Materials List - Here is a list of the paints, brushes, paper etc. that Ken will be using. Whatever you bring, just make sure that it is of good quality.

      Paper: At this time Ken uses 300 lb. arches cold or hot press. Any weight that you are most comfortable with should do just fine. If your paper requires stretching, it might be a good idea to do beforehand. Please bring enough paper for you to complete at least 4 paintings and extra for redo’s. You can trim them to any size you feel comfortable working with.

      Paint: Ken almost exclusively uses Winsor and Newton. However, has recently discovered Daniel Smith and M. Graham. Just be sure your paints are professional grade. Following is a list of Winsor and Newton colors I use: 

      ·       Yellow Ochre

      ·       Cad. Yellow

      ·       Cad. Red

      ·       Burnt Sienna

      ·       Alizarin Crimson

      ·       Burnt Umber

      ·       Raw Umber

      ·       Winsor Green

      ·       Cerulean Blue

      ·       Ultramarine Blue

      ·       Winsor Violet

      ·       Olive Green

      ·       Sap Green

      Brushes: Please bring a variety of sizes of brushesspecifically half inch and one-inch flats. An even larger flat for large areas will also come in handy. I use mostly flats for my paintings and smaller rounds for details.

      Misc:  Bring the supplies you use most often, Ken suggests:

      ·       Water container

      ·       paper towels

      ·       mixing palette

      ·       spray bottle

      ·       tape

      ·       gator board, tabletop easel (or other support) if you prefer not to paint flat (helps support your work)

      ·       Pencils and eraser

      Bring Artwork:

      Please bring some finished art for me to look at with you. Anything that you want to show me and perhaps critique is highly recommended. I hope this helps! If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me

      Portraits by Ken Call - Portraits by Ken Call (call4portraits.com)

      • Wednesday, October 05, 2022
      • 9:00 AM
      • Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260

      How to Keep Spontaneity Alive in Your Painting 3-Day Workshop with Iain Stewart, AWS, NWS

      October 5-7, 2022. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Break for lunch. 3-day Workshop Price: $390 for 2022 WSI Members. $450 for Non-Members. 

      Together we will cover all aspects of how I work to keep my paintings lively and gestural. It’s quite easy to get bogged down in detail and for me the perfect tool is the sketchbook. We will work both in our books and on traditional watercolor paper covering a range of subject matter and scenes. I believe that a workshop without the worry of success typically leads just there. Learn how to let go of the fear of ruining a painting and take true joy in your work. I will share my process to begin drawing with confidence, painting quickly, and breaking a painting down into understandable steps that you can repeat on your own. I typically cover how to treat painting water scenes, landscapes, and the urban environment in all of my workshops. My interest in these subjects is how man’s hand has touched the earth and how my sense of “place” is explored. I find this practice to be unique to everyone and it is my intention to help you find your own artistic voice. We will cover design, drawing, painting techniques, and finally an understandable way to put them all together. As an instructor I do not like to “pull rabbits out of hats.” I want you to understand my motivation at every stage of the process so that you can decide how you may choose to incorporate some of my techniques in your own work. I believe a good workshop begins with a foundation built on freedom of fear and the importance of pushing yourself to new levels of expression. A workshop should not be about the instructor stunning you with their own work. It is about your experience. A truly great workshop will lead to you being surprised at what you are capable of and invigorated to explore further. Intermediate to advanced. More info and supply list at: https://iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com/


    Past events

    Saturday, February 26, 2022 How to Upload Photos to the WSI Website.
    Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Capture Light & Atmosphere 3-Day Workshop with Keiko Tanabe, AWS, NWS
    Tuesday, August 10, 2021 Virtual "Closer Look" with Newfields/IMA
    Tuesday, July 06, 2021 Paul Jackson Workshop
    Saturday, May 01, 2021 Stephen Edwards Workshop

    Thank You Keiko Tanabe, AWS, NWS! 3-day Workshop, October 2021.

    Thank You Paul Jackson, AWS-DF, NWS! 4-day Workshop, July 2021.

    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

    WSI Workshop space in Indy

    WSI Workshop space in Indy



    Watercolor Society of Indiana
    4181 East 96th Street, Suite 200
    Indianapolis, IN 46240 

    Ph: 317-814-6194

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