Watercolor Series for Beginners
August 10, 17, and 24 Wednesdays, 3 sessions
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Joyce Clair
Class Fee: $120 non-member
$108 *BRMAA Member*
This series of 3 classes is for the student who has completed an introductory watercolor class (like Watercolor Basics Workshop) or the student with some watercolor painting experience. Classes include demonstrations and practice of watercolor techniques, color mixing, and glazing using 7 colors, value planning, and composition tips. Joyce will guide you to complete a small painting at each class. You will complete a landscape, a waterscape, and a still life subject. The instructor will provide photo references, or students may bring photos from home. Students may bring their painting supplies, or purchase start-up supplies from the instructor for $30. Transparent and semi-transparent watercolor paint is required.
Call (706) 632-2144 for questions regarding this course and registration. Payment is required to register for BRMAA courses. You may pay via PayPal above, over the phone, or visit The Art Center located at 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 to pay in person. The Programming Coordinator is in the office from 10 am - 6pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
A native of western Pennsylvania, Joyce lived many years in Maryland while completing her education as a Nurse Practitioner at George Washington University and a Master Degree in Health Care Policy at the University of Maryland. She also studied drawing and photography for a year at Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C.
Joyce began learning transparent watercolor techniques for several years under the instruction of Dr. Morris Green, Maryland College of Art & Design. Dr. Green was a student of watercolor master, Edgar Whitney (1891-1987). Whitney & Green emphasized design, color, calligraphic shapes and a wet-into-wet technique to create a “translation not transcription” of the subject.
Joyce was a member in a number of art associations in Maryland and Texas, giving her opportunities to exhibit her work in juried shows and sell her watercolors. In Texas, she organized quarterly exhibits for about 20 artists to raise money for local charities. An annual exhibit of children’s art was especially rewarding. As a nurse practitioner, Joyce founded a non-profit medical clinic for low-income, uninsured adults in Texas for 13 years.
Watercolor workshops over the years also influenced Joyce. She attended workshops with Frank Webb in Maryland, Zoltan Szabo in Maine, Skip Lawrence in Maryland, and Tom Lynch in Texas. Joyce enjoyed painting landscapes of the northeast, southwest, and the Texas Hill Country where she lived for 15 years before moving to Georgia.
Retirement brought Joyce and her husband to the north Georgia mountains in May 2014. Joyce is now “translating” the local scenery into watercolor paintings. Her paintings are described as “representational impressionism” and noted for dramatic lighting and clean, clear colors. She works from her photos, still life setups, or plein-air painting. Landscapes are a favorite subject.
Joyce is a member of Mountain Regional Arts & Crafts Guild, Blue Ridge Arts Association, Southern Appalachian Artist Guild, North Georgia Art Guild, and Helen Arts & History Center. Joyce teaches watercolor for beginners in Hiawassee, Helen, and Blairsville, Georgia.