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Abstractions in Watercolor

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Instructor: Jan Heaton
Oct 12, 13, 14, 15 • 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Workshop ID: 2D2068
Media: Watercolor
Skill Level: Level I - II
Tuition: Members: $ 450.00 / Non-Members: $ 490.00
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Designed for those with minimal watercolor experience, this workshop invites you to find a balance between the spontaneous and controlled qualities of the medium. Build a foundation in traditional and experimental watercolor techniques, explore the evolution of an abstract form from observed reality, and develop a new visual language.


Presentations and group discussions introduce you to abstract image-making, while demonstrations focus on the various watercolor techniques and tools that can be utilized to create a finished painting. Come prepared with a singular subject, such as a leaf, sketch, or object found in nature, and from that source, learn how to subtract, isolate, redefine, and translate the information into abstract compositions. Jan provides one-on-one feedback throughout the process. Expect to leave this workshop with a small series of works that explore your one central subject. Students from all stylistic backgrounds are welcome, however the non-representational style is emphasized.


Jan Heaton is a watercolorist who calls Austin and Laguna Beach home. Her abstract watercolors are inspired by the structure, color, and pattern of elements in nature that are often overlooked. Her work isolates details and exposes the viewer to an everyday object or place from a new perspective. Jan's artwork is represented by art dealers and galleries in Austin, San Antonio, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Marble Falls, and Atlanta.