19 - 22Sep2024
light and bright watercolor painting with blots of pink and purple scattered in the background of a young light skinned, reddish hair boy wearing a white tshirt

MNWS Workshop Artist Tara Sweeney - Registration is open!

10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Freedom Park

2121 14th St. NW, New Brighton, MN 55112

$375 for members, $425 for non-members

Paint the beautiful complexity of the human face, step-by-step with award-winning artistTara Sweeney. Learn a three-layer, four-value, hold-the-whites approach to transparent watercolor technique. First, make a drawing to explore strong composition in support of expression. Next, create a value study to simplify shapes, create drama with light and plan edges. Then, apply insights from the value study to create a watercolor in three layers of glowing color. Whether you’re an experienced watercolorist, a complete beginner or somewhere in between, you’ll build confidence and improve skills exploring split-primary color mixing, wet-into-wet mingling, transparent layering, intentional edges, and lively brushwork with Tara’s expert support and individualized feedback. Thisworkshop is appropriate for all levels of ability.


Tara Sweeney is an award-winning artist, illustrator and author from Saint Paul, MN with 35 years of teaching experience. The National Watercolor Society (NWS) and Transparent Watercolor Society (TWSA) have exhibited her work and awarded her signature status. Her watercolors were recognized as Best of Show in 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. Her work represented MN in the NWS 50 Stars Exhibit in 2020. Her debut picture book, A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute (University of MN Press, 2019) was a MN Book Award finalist and inspiration for Extra/Ordinary, a 12-month, solo exhibition at the American Swedish Institute. TPT2 public television’s MN Original showcased her watercolor process. She earned undergraduate degrees in studio art and design from University of Wisconsin, and an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is professor emeritus with Augsburg University where she taught drawing and painting for 25 years. She is a popular watercolor presenter, juror and mentor regionally and nationally. When she’s not painting, you’ll find her dancing anywhere there’s room to swing. View her work on Instagram @tarasweeneyart, on Facebook @Tara Sweeney and on her website: tarasweeneyart.com.
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Deadline to register, August 19, 2024 or when full.

Cancellation FEE $25.00 up to August 19, 2024, no refund will be issued after August 19, 2024.

MNWS Fall 2024 Four-Day Watercolor Workshop with Tara Sweeney