Workshops

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

2021
WATERCOLOR WORKSHOPS

 

 

2021 MOORESVILLE ARTS WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP

Creative Approaches to Watercolor
Mooresville, NC         “Indoor”

April 25 - 28
 

Earlybird Special Registration ends March 31, 2021
Tuition:  $400. (Members)......... $450 after March 31

              $450. (Nonmembers)... $500 after March 31

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 assignments 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 innovative painting surface of Yupo.

 

 

 

 

2021  MAINE COAST 38th ANNUAL “PLEIN AIR” WATERCOLOR WORKSHOP
Stonington, ME          “On location”
July 25 - 30

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


Course Description:

Stonington is an old fishing village, situated 58 miles from Bar Harbor on the southern tip of 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.  The 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.

 

 

2021 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 of May 1.  Due to the existing circumstances, we will fully refund your deposit and paid tuition up until June 1.  There will be no refunds after June 1.

 

 

2021 SOUTH CAROLINA WATERMEDIA SOCIETY

Creative Approaches to Watercolor
Pickens, SC         “Indoor”

Pickens County Art Museum
August 26 - 28

Tuition: $425.

Level: Int/Adv 

Online Registration: www.scwatermedia.com/graff/ 

 

Course Description:

Using the basic approaches to watercolor painting, 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.