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Sep. 29- Oct. 1, 2022, 9:00am-4:00pm

$375/person 3-day workshop


During this 3-day workshop, returning guest artist Ratindra Das, will provide demonstrations followed by guidance throughout the day. Watercolor landscapes will be broken down into deliberate designs.  Design elements and principles including composition, shape, value, movement, unity, and color will be addressed over the course of this workshop. Lunch will be provided each day. A supply list and assignments will be provided in advance. Ages 18+ 

Ratindra Das, a signature member of the  American Watercolor Society (AWS), Dolphin Fellow (DF), and National Watercolor Society. He attended the Academy of Arts in Chicago and studied with many nationally know artists. Ratindra just published his second book, “Watercolor-with an Eye for Design”. 


Ratindra Das is recipient of numerous awards including  eight in the American Watercolor Society. He was invited to exhibit in the 1st "Shanghai Zhujiajiao International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition" and in the exhibition of " International  Watermedia Masters in Nanjing, China", "Taiwan World Watercolor Competition", Republic of China. He has been appointed as Honorary Member of the Jiangsu Watercolor Research Institute. A popular workshop instructor and frequent juror of shows and competitions, he has served as a selection juror for the American Watercolor Society and many other national exhibitions. Ratindra has conducted workshops and seminars throughout the US, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Singapore and China. 

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March 24-25, 2023, 9:00am-4:00pm

$370/person 2-day workshop

Colored pencil is the ideal medium for creating stunning art. Kristy Kutch is the author of two colored pencil techniques books and is featured in four instructional films. She is a positive, supportive instructor who welcomes students with all levels of experience. With an emphasis on floral art with waxy (non-watercolor) pencils, students will create paintings, as these works are aptly called, on white, colored, and varied surfaces. Kristy offers demonstrations, personal attention, and a wealth of information. An array of materials, such as paper, blenders and sample pencils, will also be given to participants. Welcome spring with a floral inspiration! Lunch provided. A suggested supply list will be provided.
 Ages 18+ 

Kristy is a graduate of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana with both bachelor's and master's degrees in education, as well as a life license in teaching. She has taught colored pencil and watercolor pencil workshops nationwide. She has been working with colored pencils since 1986 and enjoys portraying flowers, fruit, Lake Michigan beaches and the Indiana Dunes. Kristy has contributed to numerous publications, and is the author of three books, her newest book is The New Colored Pencil (Watson-Guptill Publications). Her newest book will be available for purchase during the workshop. 

Guest Artist Workshops are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit