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Announcing: Workshop in Alvor Portugal: March 20-31, 2016

May 20, 2015


I’m excited to announce my first watercolor workshop of 2016 – in Alvor, Portugal!

We’re offering this event in partnership with Going Places and The Art District Gallery of Kitchener / Waterlooo.

This workshop will be a mix of days painting on location in Alvor and nearby Portimao, and day-tripping with a camera or sketchbook. I’ll be doing plenty of demos, and offering suggested exercises teaching you to travel light, paint quickly, and capture the world in spontaneous, colorful sketches!

Some key concepts we’ll cover: 

  • Composition and design – focal point, gradient of interest,
  • Seeing the painting as silhouette shapes,
  • Direct sketching in watercolor – painting wet-on-dry,
  • Color mixing and paint viscosity,
  • Making color variation, warm and cool, charging in, and color notes,
  • Edge control – hard and soft edges of wet shapes,
  • and calligraphic brushwork for fine details.

Click over to my workshops page for the full details.

Please note: In order to insure the best experience for everyone, there is only space for 15 artists.  We are looking to get your registration before August 31, 2015 in order to book accommodations in advance. Thanks! ~m


6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 20, 2015 12:33 PM

    Wow!!!I’m so interested !!Would the accommodations be included in global price and for the 10 days?It sounds fantastic!Joni

    • May 20, 2015 10:23 PM

      Yes – pretty good deal hey? It does include accommodation and day trips. You just pay your flight to and from.

  2. May 24, 2015 7:56 AM

    Have signed up – can’t believe I am going to Portugal, and doing this workshop! Really looking forward to it.

    • May 24, 2015 9:13 AM

      Hey – thats tremendous! Looking forward to it – we have always had a great time in Portugal. So scenic, and great sketching community.

  3. Jennifer permalink
    May 25, 2015 2:46 PM

    Hi Marco, this looks like a lot of fun! How much experience should participants have in order to benefit? I am most definitely a beginner.

    • May 25, 2015 4:41 PM

      I think if you feel comfortable drawing, and you want to give it a try – that is all you’ll really need. If you find it too difficult to paint directly on thefirst day, we can start with tinting over pencil sketches.A good drawing can be easily made into a watercolor!

      You can also start with just two brushes, a portable watercolor kit, and some cellulose paper – if you just want to try it, before buying all the expensive gear. Here’s a article on supplies, with info on beginners gear.


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