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Abstractions in Watercolor

Instructor: Jan Heaton
Oct 11, 12, 13, 14 • 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Workshop ID: 2D2167
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 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 used to create a finished painting. Come prepared with a singular subject, such as a 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 central subject. Students from all stylistic backgrounds are welcome.


While Jan Heaton may be known for teaching watercolor workshops across the country, her most recent students include her six- and three-year-old granddaughters during COVID. She has fingerpainted, assembled a snow globe, printed with linoleum blocks, and much more. In her own work, Jan creates a visual timeline of what she sees, feels, and experiences from an abstracted and joyful point of view. When not making, exhibiting, or teaching, she loves spending time with her family, gardening, reading, traveling, hiking, baking, and hula hooping.