Welcome talented visiting artist Steve Griggs to OLLI for the fall 2021 term.
Want to learn to create moving and evocative watercolor paintings but do not know where to start? Or maybe you have got a good start but want to continue to grow your skills. This is the class for you!
Watercolor paints can be free spirited and unpredictable unless you know how to work with them. In this class you will learn Steve’s method for understanding your paints while giving voice to your own artistic style.
Learn Steve’s strategy for becoming friends with your paint to create beautiful, moving watercolor paintings with energy, freedom, and fascinating stories. You'll be surprised what you can do with a paintbrush, an open mind, and a sense of humor!
- At the end of this course the participant will be able to demonstrate:
- How to look at a scene and break it down into simple shapes.
- What value is and how value is used to express shapes.
- How color relates directly to those values and knowledge of value.
- How to express the human form using accurate proportions.
- How to represent other forms as supporting elements to the story.
- A fundamental understanding of design principles and how they apply to the creation of a painting.
Guest Lecturer, Steve Grigg's love of art started early in life. While other children would lament field trips to the art museum, that was his favorite day of the school year! Steve's mother bought his first 'real' watercolor set of six tubes of paint, when he was in elementary school and his love of watercolor was born. Growing up in a large family made finding time and space for painting difficult. Whenever possible Steve would steal away to the basement of his childhood home where he would paint but never show anyone what he had done. Steve remained a 'closet artist' until he attended Michigan State University and graduated with a degree in Studio Art. Steve later attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
With his unique, loose painting style, Steve’s paintings have been juried into a variety of national and international exhibitions and regularly win awards. Steve loves to guide other artists in learning to paint in his free and expressive style and he is a sought-after workshop instructor and exhibition juror. Steve and his partner, Sue, have also written numerous articles for publication in Watercolor Artist and The Artist Magazine (published in the UK).
Steve has gallery representation with Mirada Fine Art in Indian Hills, Colorado; Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids, Michigan; J Petter Galleries in Douglas, Michigan; and South Wind Gallery in Topeka Kansas.
This visiting instructor is made possible through the generous support of the Cathy Stawarski Fund.
- A current OLLI membership is required to register for all courses and lectures.
- If you do not have a current Fall 2021 membership, one will be added to your cart at check-out.
- OLLI membership fees and course tuition are critical to the Institute’s sustainability and are non-refundable.
We will provide all recommended reading articles.