"Painting with watercolor is so haarrrd!" We hear it all the time. Even some experienced painters of oil and acrylics shy away from watercolor because of the complexity of painting with this medium. There is no denying that watercolors are free-spirited and maybe even a little bit mischievous but, that is what makes them so interesting! By learning the fundamentals of painting with watercolor and getting to know and understand their non-conforming nature, you can start to work with them to create expressive and free paintings. Before you know it, you'll be saying, "Painting with watercolors is so fun!"
During this full-day workshop at Drake Hall with Steve Griggs, beginning and intermediate level painters will be encouraged to try various watercolor painting strategies and techniques to create loose, intuitive, free, and spontaneous effects. Learn about color mixing, glazes, composition, drying time, thickness, and edges while painting short, warm-up sketches as well as finished landscape or cityscape paintings. Plan to experiment, laugh, move out of your comfort zone, and be amazed at the beautiful paintings you create!
Steve Griggs' early influences came from the Great Lakes region, where he grew up before attending Michigan State University. He graduated with a degree in Studio Art. Steve later attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Steve's well-known landscape and cityscape paintings have been juried into various 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 popular workshop instructor and exhibition juror. Steve and his partner, Sue, have also written numerous articles in Watercolor Artist and The Artist Magazine (published in the U.K.).
Currently living in Denver, Steve has gallery representation with Mirada Fine Art in Indian Hills, Colorado; Twisted Fish Gallery in Elk Rapids, Michigan; and J Petter Galleries in Douglas, Michigan.
- A current OLLI membership is required to register for all courses and lectures.
- If you do not have a current Spring 2022 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.