Don Demers: Watercolor Workshop



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May 2, 3, and 4, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

This workshop is designed for intermediate to advanced painters. It is not appropriate for beginners.

The medium of watercolor will be explored as an end unto itself as well as a sketching and study medium. Many watercolor workshops focus on technique. Although technique will be discussed and demonstrated, this workshop will emphasize all of the fundamentals of concept, composition/design, value arrangements, draftsmanship, color etc. The technical range of watercolor from wet on wet to dry brush technique will be exercised and demonstrated.



A suggested list of materials is below:

-Watercolor blocks (for working on location) suggested size approximately 9×12 
-Paper finish is personal preference, i.e. hot press, cold press, clay finish
-Slightly larger blocks or stretched watercolor paper for studio use. 
-A full range of tube colors or pan colors. (artists choice). I use Holbein and Winsor and Newton. I sometimes employ Chinese white if you’re inclined to include it in your paint box.
-A plastic palette or butcher pan. I recommend the John Pike palette.
-Natural or synthetic watercolor brushes ranging in size from large wash brushes to brushes for small detail work.

Instructor Bio

Mr. Demers was born in 1956, in the small, rural community of Lunenburg, Massachusetts. His interest in painting maritime subjects began while spending his summers on the coast of Maine near Boothbay Harbor.

After finishing an exemplary high school art program, he furthered his education at the School of the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA, and the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA.

Don’s maritime experience came about as a crewmember aboard many traditional sailing vessels including schooners and square-riggers.  He continues to be an avid sailor.

His professional career began as an illustrator and expanded into the field of fine art. His illustrations can be found on many book covers and in national publications such as Reader’s DigestSail MagazineField & StreamSports AfieldYankee, and National Geographic.