Workshops and Classes
Taking the Mystery out of Watercolor in time for All Hallows
Saturday, October 29, 2022
$125 Enroll by October 19, 2022
Ages 14 and above
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a break for lunch
Please bring your lunch, water, snacks, and plan to pack out what you bring in!
Working with watercolors can be exciting and dynamic. Though it’s a medium known for its challenges, through familiarity and practice it can be harnessed to create beautiful effects: luminous color glazes, an immediacy and sensitivity that parallels drawing, and intuitive fluid and poetic mark making. We will begin by gaining a sense of familiarity with the watercolors through a variety of exercises and material experiments. Learn the basics of watercolor with step-by-step instruction to mix colors, build layers, create a palette, hue composition, brush techniques, and more. This class is perfect for aspiring artists with no prior experience, only a passion for painting. Enrollees will have two completed art pieces of 9 x 12 size to take home at the conclusion of the workshop. Enrollees will have copies of the paintings they are going to paint.
About the Instructor
Dana Wiggins Thompson was raised in Washington County and moved to Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 1984 at the age of 21. There she learned watercolors from many different watercolor artists including Jean Haines and Trevor Waugh (both internationally acclaimed watercolorist) at the Dubai International Art Centre. During those years, Dana made a name for herself in watercolor and photography and her works were sold in gift shops in resorts such as the ONE and ONLY Royal Mirage and The Ritz Carlton of Dubai. In 2003, Dana entered the first ever United Arab Emirates Watercolor Plein Air Extravaganza sponsored by Winsor Newton out of the UK. Dana placed Second in the country. In 2004, Dana won the UAE Watercolor Extravaganza just before moving back to the United States. Once back, Dana started teaching classes at the Oconee Fall Line Technical schools in Sandersville, Dublin, Louisville, Georgia through their continuing education departments. Also, Dana taught workshops through Allied Arts in Milledgeville, Georgia. In 2012, she started teaching at Georgia College in Milledgeville through the continuing education and in 2014 moved her classes to HOBBY LOBBY through the end of 2019. Dana has won the Georgia National Fair first prize for watercolor professionals from 2016-2019 and in 2021 won second place. She is a member of the Georgia Watercolor Society where she is the National Show Chair for 2023 and she is an active member of the Village Artists Guild and a member of Allied Arts. Her favorite subjects are still life, portraits, and landscapes.