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Watercolor Society of Indiana

Workshop with Terry Armstrong

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


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. 



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.


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.


Learn more about Terry Armstrong here:

Learn more about The Art Barn School of Art here:

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.



Watercolor Society of Indiana

Mailing Address:

4181 East 96th Street, Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46240 

Call/Text: 317-500-2275

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