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Minnetonka Center for the Arts

Join us for three watercolor workshops in conjunction with the
Minnesota Watercolor Society's Spring Exhibition, March 12 - April 10, 2015

Click here to get the PDF with all the workshop info

Creative Landscapes
Artist-Instructor: David R. Smith

Learn techniques for depicting natural scenery with exciting watercolor effects in
this hands-on workshop. Experiment with negative painting, glazing, using a palette
knife, mixing color on paper and creating lost edges (great for misty effects) by
working on two or three small paintings. A sketch to transfer, color reference photo
and step-by-step instruction will be provided to help you discover new
ways of working with this versatile, fluid medium. Bring a lunch for the
half-hour lunch break. Request a materials list from the registrar.
D437W15 Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$87 MCFTA/MNWS Members / $96 Non-Members
Skill level: All; Ages 16 and up
Enrollment limited to 16

Painting Reflections
Artist-Instructor: Catherine Hearding

Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and an infinite number of ways that light can be reflected
on them. This daylong workshop will combine instructor demonstration, value study, step-bystep
painting instructions and a critique and question session to explore how color and light
intertwine when reflected on water. From misty echoes to
mirrored images, examining reflections in detail will enrich
your work with waterscapes. Bring a lunch for the one-hour
lunch break. Request a materials list from the registrar.
D436W15 Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$80 MCFTA/MNWS Members / $89 Non-members
Skill level: All; Ages 16 and up
Enrollment limited to 16

Watercolor Florals
Artist-Instructor: Wendy Westlake

Discover watercolor's unique beauty as you bring a simplified floral design to
life with watercolor paints. This special three-hour workshop will show you
how to combine elements of drawing, doodling and watercolor painting to
create a fresh, modern floral image that will capture the essence of the flower
and your own unique interpretation. Bring a photo reference to work from
or use one provided. Materials included but feel free to bring your own
watercolor supplies if you prefer.
D435W15 Thursday, March 26, 6 - 9 p.m.
$49 MCFTA/MNWS Members / $54 Non-Members
Skill level: All; Ages 16 and up
Enrollment limited to 16

Register at minnetonkaARTS.org or call 952.473.7361, x. 16

Here is the registration page

Workshops held at 2240 North Shore Drive, Wayzata, MN 55391


David Smith

2-Day Misty Village Street Watercolor Workshop with David R. Smith
Monday, March 30th & Tuesday, March 31st, 2015.
from 9am – 4pm   Click here for details and registration form

Mary Axelson

Watercolor Classes at Bloomington Theatre and Art Center (BTAC) www.btacmn.org, 952 563-8575

Winter Session Starts Jan 20, 2015

Intermediate Watercolor Landscape #1074

Tuesdays, January 20 – March 3, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. (7 sessions)

$149/M; $167/NM

For ages 16 and up

This class is designed for students with previous watercolor painting experience. A basic understanding of watercolor and how it works will be assumed. This class will teach students techniques for creating skies, trees, water, rocks and mountains. Students will learn how to separate visual elements in a landscape to show depth and better represent foreground, mid-ground, and background imagery. Time will be spent discussing color combinations and composition, and demonstrations will focus on creating value studies, practicing various painting techniques, and manipulating design elements in your landscapes. Group critiques and individual coaching will be employed. Please have all of your materials ready for the first class meeting. E

*See list of supplies

Beginning Floral Watercolors #1031 NEW CLASS!

Thursdays, January 22 - March 5, 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. (7 sessions)

$149/M; $167/NM

For ages 16 and up

Come and learn beginning techniques as you learn how to paint flowers in watercolor. Teacher demonstrations and discussions will lead you through skills lessons in various techniques using shape, shadow, and color to create bold compositions. Class lessons will teach students how to paint multicolored flowers as well as value modulation in monochromatic flowers. We will start with simple floral forms and gradually move to more complex forms and compositions as the sessions pass building our skills and confidence as we move through the curriculum. B

*See list of supplies

Other watercolor classes available during day time, contact Mary for more information



Catherine Hearding

Catherine will be offering classes starting in February 2015 at White Bear Center for the Arts

Take the Fear Out of Color: Strategies for Achieving Vibrant Watercolor Paintings
This watercolor class will focus on how to mix clean, vibrant color. We will explore concepts of color value, intensity and temperature, color mixing, and application of color. Move past the basics of color theory, explore structured color schemes, and strengthen your color knowledge. This class will introduce students to strategies that will help them to use color with confidence and create paintings that have more visual impact.
Date/Time: 6 Mondays, February 9-March 16, 6:30-9:00 PM
Tuition: $135 Member/$169 Non-Member
For registration or more information go to www.whitebeararts.org

Light and Shadow in Watercolor
Learn how to paint light-filled watercolors, focusing on basic concepts of value, intensity, and color temperature. Students will learn about shadows and reflected light, including color selections and paint application.
Date/Time: 5 Wednesdays, February 11-March 11, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Tuition: $113 Member/$141 Non-Member
For registration or more information go to www.whitebeararts.org


Catherine  will be conducting a 5-day workshop at the Grand Marais Art Colony, Grand Marais, MN.
The Colors of Winter- January 26-30, 2015
One way to make it through a long winter is to learn to appreciate the beauty of the snow-covered landscape. This watercolor course will focus on the winter landscape and the beautiful colors and shapes that may be found. Students will learn how to compose a good landscape, work on value studies in order to understand shapes and value contrast, find color solutions, and learn a three-step wash approach to watercolor painting, all while painting the beautiful winter landscape.
Cost: $375.00
For registration or more information: www.grandmaraisartcolony.org


Mark Granlund

Watercolor Wednesday at Jack-in-the-Pulpit Studio
This weekly watercolor class allows you to pay and learn as you go. On Wednesday evenings the studio will be open and Mark Granlund will provide demonstrations and assignments/activities to help each individual student move forward with their watercolor abilities. Some demonstrations will be based on what students want to learn that day. Class discussions/demonstrations will cover beginning and intermediate level topics, like: materials, the relationship between values and layers, backgrounds, creating distance, etc. The format is one that is structured, but flexible to encourage individuals to play and learn as they go.

This is a great opportunity for beginning and intermediate students to learn watercolor without the hassle of a long commitment and changing schedules.

Fall Dates: Starts September 17, 2014, no class on October 29, Nov 26 or Dec 17-31, 2014
6:30pm - 9:00pm
Cost: $20 a week
For info. and to register: www.jackinthepulpitstudio.com


Suz Galloway is teaching a class at Madeline Island Art School in June of 2015

Contemporary Botanicals

Drawing, Watercolor: Botanical art is more than just flowers! Be inspired by “found” materials on Madeline Island while you improve your drawing skills and watercolor techniques.

Dates: 06/01/15 to 06/05/15
All Levels



CeCeile Hartleib teaches the following classes:

Traditional Watercolor, 10 am - 12:30 pm, in CeCeile's studio in St. Paul, $25. per session attended.  For more information, call 651-647-6078 or 651-592-1877 (cell) or www.ceceile.com

Traditional Watercolor, Tues., 7- 9:30 pm, 12 sessions, $185. Classes begin on the third Tues. in Sept. and the last Tues. in Jan. - more information at www.theatelier.org


Caroline Ampuero

Learn to Paint Transparent Watercolors
The art school is located in my home in Medina, MN. I provide a fun and challenging art environment for students to develop transparent watercolor skills based on a proven art program that builds from lesson to lesson. The sessions are set in blocks of 8 classes allowing the student to have a flexible schedule.

I offer 3 levels of instruction, beginner students learn the tools of fine art that include color, value, shapes, direction, line and texture, intermediate students will gain knowledge of design laws which is essential to fine art. And for advanced students who have mastered the tools of fine art you will study how the principles apply to design laws. My telephone number is 763.205.4825, email: is caroline3@earthlink.net and website is www.ampuero.biz

Date/Time: Ongoing class, Monday mornings, 10-1:00 pm

Cost: Paid by month, $21 per class, per number of Mondays in month.

Location: 4065 Shorewood Trail, Medina, MN 55340

Member Announcements/Exhibitions


Call for Artists

*TIP* A great resource and place to get information about local artists is at www.mnartists.org. They also have a current call for artists list that is updated regularly.


  • Visual artist opportunities at BPAC (Burnsville Performing Arts Center). Artists and Art organizations interested in displaying their work are encouraged to apply for the following opportunities: 1. Exhibit proposals 2. Art around BPAC 3. Art donations. For full details and application forms, visit the BPAC Website.


  • The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Chamber announces the 35th Annual Excelsior Art on the Lake, June 13th and 14th, 2015. They have announced a call for artists with a deadline of March 2, 2015. Click here for details

Links of Interest

  • Bloomington Center for the Arts  www.bloomingtonartcenter.com

  • The Edina Art Center www.edinaartcenter.com

  • American Frame Corporation is a leading online source for custom picture frames, framing supplies, custom mat boards, and fine art printing on papers or canvas. Serving professionals and amateurs alike since 1973, they feature solid woods and Nielsen metal moldings, Crescent and Bainbridge mat boards, and supplies at low direct wholesale prices. Easy online design tools let you see your frame and mat selections before you purchase. They offer FREE CUSTOM CUT MAT with any frame purchase up to 30” x 38”. You can also follow their blog “A Good Frame of Mind” at www.americanframe.blogspot.com for news, views and preannouncements of sales. Since the MN watercolor society is a member of their Alliance Program already, we receive quarterly rebates based on purchases MNWS members make. www.americanframe.com

  • Madeline Island School of the Arts  www.madelineschool.com                                                             

    MISA is located on a peaceful, prairie meadow farm, on an Island that is unrivaled with its breathtaking views of other Apostle Islands, sea caves, beaches, and clear blue waters with bright skies. These twenty-two pristine Islands provide some of the most spectacular scenes for photographers and plein air painters.

    Five-day workshops in writing, painting, quilting, photography, yoga and other genres are offered May through October. There is no standing faculty - instructors and students come to the school for the duration of their session.

    Workshops in light filled studios are small in size and are designed for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students--in many cases welcoming all three.

    MISA’s modern on-site lodging is adjacent to an apple orchard and the nearby workshop studios. All facilities are climate controlled and there is Wi-Fi in every building.

    You can register online for your workshop, lodging and meals. If you have any questions, please email Anne Leafblad, Registrar at misa@cheqnet.net.

  • Interlochen College of Creative Arts (ICCA) offers a series of engaging programs for adults to help them learn new art forms or express an existing talent. These programs deliver the kind of high-quality educational experiences you would expect from Interlochen. Classes are based on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts, in the woods of northern Michigan. www.interlochen.org/college/college-creative-arts-programs

  • Passion for Art Passion for art in Waseca MN has a beautiful, bright classroom, gallery and studio that will easily accommodate 16 students. Some artists who have taught workshops here include Andy Evansen, Karen Knutson, Charlotte Laxen, Dar Brooks, Lana Grow, Richard Graves, Steve DeLaitsch, Bonnie Broitzman, and Kelly Sadler. www.pfawaseca.com/classes or e-mail passion4art@deskmedia.com

  • Art Association of Jackson Hole  www.jacksonholeworkshops.org

  • Northstar Watermedia Society  www.northstarwatermedia.com

  • Hopkins Center for the Arts http://www.hopkinsmn.com/_hca/
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