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10 Week Watercolor Class at Syn Studio

August 8, 2013

A few people have asked about classes, so I’m pleased to announce:

Expressive Painting in Watercolor

Starting in October, for 10 weeks, I’ll be teaching a watercolor class at Syn Studio on Wednesday nights. As the weather gets poor in fall, maybe you’d like to come inside and paint :) We’ll be covering a wide range of subjects, starting with still life, doing some work with a model (both full figure and portraits) and then a ‘graduation piece’ to apply everything on a larger more complex work.

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I’ll be emphasizing watercolor over top of drawing, as that’s more suitable for beginners, and of course is my own preference. Plus trying to help students with color and composition, handling hard and soft edges, improving your ability to execute small detail, and to draw expressively with the brush.


Looking forward to meeting some of you there!


10 Comments leave one →
  1. August 8, 2013 4:15 PM

    I wish I could drop by. But it is just not my neck of the woods – a little far from Northern Germany. Well, slightly …

  2. August 9, 2013 11:01 AM

    Can we attend via Skype??? :-)

    • marctaro permalink*
      August 9, 2013 11:10 AM

      Actually I think that this is not a bad idea :) We’re not set up for it right now – but you know,I’m thinking it’s something we should do. I’m going to look into it – maybe I will try something soon with a Google hangout as a test. I’ll get back to you guys on that!

      • August 10, 2013 3:26 PM

        Yeah! I would love to be the guinea pig! Just let me know. Thanks!!

  3. August 12, 2013 2:13 AM

    It would be great if you could have video recordings of your workshops too; of course Skype/Google Hangout is probably easier in this case.
    I might have issues with the timing though :( am located on the other side of the world

    • marctaro permalink*
      August 12, 2013 11:42 AM

      I agree – more video is definitely a goal – it’s something I’m working towards. I’ve experimented with a few things (up on my youtube: I think the next step is planning something that would be interesting and useful to everyone, and charging a small fee – say $1.99 – for a download. It’s getting to the point where I have to cover costs. (Proper editing software, time of course, perhaps even a camera operator on location). Mainly the issue is time. I don’t want to take time away from painting to be editing video :) So I need to be taking time away from my freelance work instead! More on this later I think. Watch this space:)

      • August 12, 2013 12:04 PM

        I think if you were to video your workshops or live feed them; then the students would pay the class fee. If it was a live feed, you wouldn’t have to edit. Just a thought.

        • marctaro permalink*
          August 12, 2013 2:08 PM

          Well, I thought about it, but I haven’t brought video gear to the workshops yet, I was concerned that with 15 students, it’s hard enough for everyone to get a good view of the demos without gear getting in the way. Especially if I had to have lights. You’d think daylight would be enough, but sometimes it’s not. (I’ve had a few tests fail due to shadows). As well, I really need to be concentrating on the students, and recording always means fiddling with stuff.

          In the last class I was literately jogging from student to student to make sure I talked to them all in the time they had to sketch. So there’s no bandwidth for watching over hardware. Ultimately, I need an extra person to take the technical side off my mind while I’m painting. BUT _ I will figure it out. Someday – coming someday! Most likely what will happen is Laurel (who takes the class photos), will take all this over. I am experimenting with recording painting in the studio – but frankly, I don’t do enough painting indoors right now :) Probably this will happen during our winter!

  4. August 24, 2013 5:37 AM

    What about some classes in Europe? Pleaaase.:))

    • marctaro permalink*
      August 24, 2013 12:54 PM

      I’d love to! All it takes (besides the timing) is a small group of artists to be interested. We need about 15 students to be enough to cover expenses. If you have a local Urban Sketchers group on your city, it’s even easier to arrange.

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