May 4-5, 2012: ILLINOIS, Batavia. Price: $200. Contact: Kari Kraus, Water Street Studios, 630-761-9977, email@example.com, www.waterstreetstudios.com
I taught a workshop through Water Street Studios last year, and we had a lot of fun. If you've not been to Batavia before, it's a quaint, historic town near Chicago on the Fox River. At the turn of the last century, it was called the "windmill capital of the world" because it made more windmills than anyone else. It has several parks along the river that we will paint in, including the Fabyan Forest Preserve and the Downtown Riverwalk.
This will be a workshop for oil or pastel painters, all levels. We'll spend a little time in the studio each morning going over plein air basics, where I'll also go over my gear and materials. Afterward, we'll head out into some of Batavia's beautiful parks where I'll give a full demonstration. During the demonstration, I'll show you how to capture the moment quickly and efficiently but without sacrificing mood and magic. We'll talk about abstracting and simplifying the landscape; how to make the most use of value and color; and how to finish a painting. Next, you'll get to paint! I'll go from easel to easel offering help. Time permitting, we'll do critiques at the end of the day.
If you've not been to Batavia before, it has a large selection of good restaurants and shops. Plus, Waterstreet Studios always has something fun going on. I hope you'll join us!