03 - 06Aug2020

Jeannie McGuire Figurative Design Watercolor Workshop

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Minnetonka Center for the Arts

40 North Shore Drive, Wayzata, MN 55391-9347

$525 (Deposit $100 per person)

We have just learned that the Minnetonka Center for the Arts will not be open for the rest of the summer. As a result, we regret to inform you that the Jeannie McGuire workshop has been cancelled. Refunds will be processed by Minnetonka Center for the Arts in a timely manner.

While we will all miss the August workshop opportunity with Jeannie, we are working on plans to bring her to our community for a future workshop. All of you who are registered now for August 2020, will be considered first in line for the new date -- you will have the right of first refusal of your place before we open it to those on the waitlist, or others. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding during the unprecedented and challenging times!

Be well, 

Minnesota Watercolor Society

Minnetonka Center for the Arts


Pittsburgh-based artist, Jeannie McGuire, utilizes free application and stylistic expression in her award-winning watercolors. Personal photography, appropriated snapshots, and life drawings provide her creative spark. Her work has been described as “a brilliant combination of emotion, movement, and artistry.” Impressionistic in nature, but anchored in recognizable subject matter, her figurative approach is truly unique. Her work was awarded the American Watercolor Society’s 144th Gold Medal of Honor, is widely exhibited internationally, and featured in numerous art publications—most recently, International Artist Magazine, 2018.


Minnesota Watercolor Society and the Minnetonka Center for the Arts will co-host Jeannie McGuire’s Figurative Design workshop featuring her unique projects and experimental approach. You’ll be invited to: imagine a story, character and persona of people in reference photos; find a signature style; strengthen drawing and painting skills; discover the freedom of an intuitive approach to create memorable paintings. You’ll explore: the interplay between figurative subject(s) and backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, cropping impact, pigment maintenance, high ratio of pigment to water, intentional and spontaneous marks, use of titanium white, and the freedom to change your mind. Each day begins with a project-specific demo such as: unconventional exploration of eyes and faces; single-figure focus with nonspecific background; integrating figurative grouping with background elements. Artists receive lots of personal attention and plenty of painting time. 


Application is by lottery for MN Watercolor Society (MNWS) and Minnetonka Center for the Arts (MCFTA) members only beginning September 9, 2019. Members of both organizations must identify with one or the other for purposes of lottery and note on application form. $525 for four-day workshop. $100.00 deposit and application secures inclusion in the lottery. Deposit is refunded if application is not drawn. Application must be received by midnight, January 26, 2020. If your application is drawn you will be called the day of the lottery, January 27. If you accept a spot in the workshop, balance of $425 is due in full by credit card or by check to MCFTA by February 3, 2020. If payment is not received your spot will be offered to next applicant drawn. Withdrawal fee after registration: before Feb 9, $100; Feb 10 to March 1, $260; after March 1, $525. Lottery application opens September 9, 2020 through Minnetonka Center for the Arts: telephone with credit card 952.473.7361 ext. 160; US mail with check with form (below) to MCFTA, 2240 North Shore Drive, Wayzata, MN 55391; email, registration@minnetonkaarts.org

Cancelled Jeannie McGuire Workshop