Workshops

FREDERICK C. GRAFF  AWS-DF, NWS, TWSA-MS

2020
WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS

 

 

2020 MOORESVILLE ARTS WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP

Creative Approaches to Watercolor
Mooresville, NC         “Indoor”
April 23 - 26

 

Earlybird Special Registration ends February 1, 2020
Tuition:  $400. (Members)

             $450. (Nonmembers) 

Workshop Tuition after February 1, 2020

Tuition:  $450. (Members)

              $500. (Nonmembers)

Level: Int/Adv

Registration: www.mooresvillearts.org

Contact person: Linda Reville

lreville@windstream.net 

 

Course Description:

Using the basic approaches to watercolor painting as a springboard, students will explore different, innovative watercolor approaches and concepts.  During this four-day workshop, Fred will provide a series of exercises, lectures, and demonstrations that will enable each student to fully understand different approaches on how to develop a painting.   He states: “When an artist understands the basic principles and elements of design, the subject matter becomes unlimited.  It is essential that artists go beyond the level of just recording facts. With this in mind, it is my intent to convey to the students how to spontaneously respond to the subject matter in an unrestricted, yet semi-controlled manner.”  The different watercolor concepts introduced will enlighten both the traditional and contemporary watercolor artists.  Some of the different topics that will be presented will include: abstract underglazes, negative painting, understanding how to maintain natural whites, exploring different types of painting surfaces including Yupo, wet-in-wet painting approaches and most importantly, composition and design.  

 

For the first two days of the workshop, students will pursue their assignment on painting surfaces they are normally accustomed to using, including Yupo. However, it should be pointed out that the class instruction for the last two days will be specifically designed for the purpose of learning how to successfully create and develop a watercolor on the innovate painting surface of Yupo.

 

 

 

 

2020  MAINE COAST 38th ANNUAL “PLEIN AIR” WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP
Stonington, ME          “On location”
July 26 - 31

Tuition: $600.
Registration deadline: April 1    (Class fills early)
Level: Int/Adv
c/o: Jan Graff
102 Safe Harbor Circle
Salem, SC  29676
(330) 421-1131
fred@fredgraff.com


Course Description:  Stonington, 47 miles south of Bangor, is an old fishing village situated along the picturesque coastline of Deer Isle, Maine.   This quaint, active harbor is surrounded with vintage architectural structures and an array of fishing and lobster boats.  Windjammers sail through the area on a regular basis and use the harbor for anchoring overnight.  This five-day workshop is preceded with a get-acquainted gathering on Sunday and the workshop concludes with a group farewell dinner Friday evening.  Morning instruction begins each day at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m.  Each day, morning instruction will include insightful lectures, discussions, exercises and demonstrations.  Students will paint on location at a variety of designated painting sites during the course of the week.  Following class, students will have the option of continuing their painting pursuits independently or enjoy exploring different types of recreational activities such as golf, island excursions, boat trips, kayaking, hiking, farmer’s market, etc.   Informative evening critique sessions will be conducted at the town hall on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (spouses are always welcome).  Students will also have the option of participating in a miniature painting exchange with fellow participants, including Fred.  Details regarding this painting exchange will be further outlined upon registration.  It stands to reason why Stonington is the best-kept secret among artists; it is undeniably a painter’s paradise.

 

 

2019 MAINE COAST WORKSHOP REGISTRATION PROCEDURE

 

 

Registration can be done by E-mail and/or U.S. Mail. When submitting your registration for the Maine Coast Watercolor Workshop, please include the following information:

 

Name (first and last):

Address:

City:

State:

Zip:

Phone:

E-mail:

Please indicate: Maine Coast Watercolor Workshop

 

                                                                                                                                                                     In order to complete and finalize your registration, you will need to send via U.S. Mail a check payable to Frederick C. Graff in the amount of $100 to the following address:

 

Frederick C. Graff

Maine Coast Watercolor Workshops

102 Safe Harbor Circle

Salem, SC  29676

 

Please submit your application and deposit by the registration deadline.  There will be no refunds after the registration deadline.

 

 

2020 NORTHSTAR WATERMEDIA SOCIETY

Creative Approaches to Watercolor
St Paul, MN         “Indoor”
September 15 - 18

Level: Int/Adv

Workshop Chair: Patty Healy

Contact Email: pmhealy11@gmail.com

NorthStar Website: www.northstarwatermedia.com 

 

Course Description:

Using the basic approaches to watercolor painting as a springboard, students will explore different, innovative watercolor approaches and concepts.  During this four-day workshop, Fred will provide a series of exercises, lectures, and demonstrations that will enable each student to fully understand different approaches on how to develop a painting.  He states: “When an artist understands the basic principles and elements of design, the subject matter becomes unlimited.  It is essential that artists go beyond the level of just recording facts.  With this in mind, it is my intent to convey to the students how to spontaneously respond to the subject matter in an unrestricted, yet semi-controlled manner.”  The different watercolor concepts introduced will enlighten both the traditional and contemporary watercolor artists.  Some of the different topics that will be presented will include: abstract underglazes, negative painting, understanding how to maintain natural whites, wet-in-wet painting approaches and most importantly, composition and design. The innovative painting surface of Yupo will be introduced but students can elect to pursue their painting assignments on whatever surface they normally use.

 

 

2020 VIRGINIA WATERCOLOR SOCIETY WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP

Composition and the Creative Process
RICHMOND, VA         “Indoor”
October 27 - 30

Tuition:

   VWS Member Tuition: $500.  (registration for VWS Members opens May 19th)

   Nonmember Tuition: $550. (registration for Nonmembers opens July 1st)

Registration deadline: August 15

   (nonrefundable deposit of $150 will reserve spot with remaining tuition due on Sept. 26)

Level: Int/Adv

Contact Person: Patrice Reese

Email: patricereese@mac.com

Phone: (804) 360-3792

Organization Website: www.virginiawatercolorsociety.org 

 

Course Description:

Using the basic approaches to watercolor painting as a springboard, students will explore different, innovative watercolor approaches and concepts.  During this four-day workshop, Fred will provide a series of exercises, lectures, and demonstrations that will enable each student to fully understand different approaches on how to develop a painting.   He states: “When an artist understands the basic principles and elements of design, the subject matter becomes unlimited.  It is essential that artists go beyond the level of just recording facts.  With this in mind, it is my intent to convey to the students how to spontaneously respond to the subject matter in an unrestricted, yet semi-controlled manner.”  The different watercolor concepts introduced will enlighten both the traditional and contemporary watercolor artists.  Some of the different topics that will be presented will include: abstract underglazes, negative painting, understanding how to maintain natural whites, exploring different types of painting surfaces including Yupo, wet-in-wet painting approaches and most importantly, composition and design.  

 

For the first two days of the workshop, students will pursue their assignment on painting surfaces they are normally accustomed to using, including Yupo. However, it should be pointed out that the class instruction for the last two days will be specifically designed for the purpose of learning how to successfully create and develop a watercolor on the innovate painting surface of Yupo.