Vladislav Yeliseyev: Painting Watercolor With the Bold Brush


Academically trained master watercolorist Vladislav Yeliseyev (Vlad) will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach.



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 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday July 30 & 31 – August 1, 2021
10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day

This is a 3-day workshop in watercolor painting.
This workshop is for all levels of painting experience.

Academically trained master watercolorist Vladislav Yeliseyev (Vlad) will show you how to quickly capture the essence of the scenery with a dynamic and powerful impressionistic approach. The artwork’s main message must be heard loud and clear, and Vlad will show you how it is done in watercolor. 

Vlad is a professional drawing and watercolor teacher year-round and he knows how to make progress with his students. It does not matter if you are at the beginner, intermediate or advanced level because his method of teaching is through an individual approach. Vlad developed color mixing techniques specifically tailored for his students so their journey to fine arts would be enjoyable and effective. You are going to learn how to mix and apply watercolors without fear of being inaccurate.  He will show you the shortcuts to the path when every brushstroke applied is significant in its impact on the viewer. You will learn the importance of one detail above the other and therefore how to be selective in your painting process. 

Every painting is like a poetry, the less words wasted the more powerful message it conveys. On the technical side of things you will learn how to choose subject matter and compose your painting, you will study light and shade, as well as color mixing techniques using your primaries. In addition, it is all about a friendly and easy going learning environment which makes the process of going forward so much fun and brings excellent results regardless of all circumstances. 

During these 3 days you will paint various subjects from seascapes to cityscapes. All photo references will be provided.

Vlad is the signature member of  the American Impressionist Society and the National Watercolor Society. His work is featured on the cover of the February 2016 Watercolor Artist magazine. His technique has been the subject of articles in national and international publications such as Plein Air Magazine, Watercolor Artist Magazine and Art of Watercolour. He received prestigious awards for his work at national and international competitions. 

Falmouth Art Center Refund Policy:

Refunds will not be given within one month of the start of a workshop. Workshops are not pro-rated. A $25 processing fee is withheld from all refunds.

The Art Center reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to insufficient enrollment, in which case tuition will be fully refunded.


Please bring the following materials:

Graphite pencils 2B, 4B; eraser; pencil sharpener.

Mechanical pencils 0.7 leads HB and 2B

Watercolor paints – recommended colors: cad yellow medium, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber,  transparent oxide brown (van dyke brown), sepia, alizarin crimson, cadmium scarlet, indigo, cobalt teal, cerulean blue, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, royal amethyst (dioxazine violet), opaque white. Currently Vladislav is using American Journey watercolor paints. 

Watercolor paper half or quarter sheet, or block approx.  Size 15” x 20”.  I recommend “The Collection” Hahnemuhle** 140lb ROUGH paper – important!!! 

You can find it at https://www.cheapjoes.com/catalog/product/view/id/35198/s/hahnemuhle-watercolor-paper-140-lb-rough-22-x-30-10-sheets/ If it is marked “backorder”, you can still purchase it.  Limited time offer: 10% Discount valid only on Hahnemuhle purchases over $50. One coupon per customer per visit. Cannot be combined with any other promotional code offer. While supplies last. Promo Code is:  VMVLAD

 Brushes of your choice:

  • I suggest having at least three sizes watercolor brushes: No 8 to 14 (synthetic, all round) and sword brush. Yeliseyev Signature SWORD brush and set of 3 round brushes handmade in England by Rosemary&Co are available for purchase online and during in-person workshops. To see the brushes click here.
  • Kolinsky Brushes (sable) No 12 and/or 16 (depending on your paper size)
  • Oil Brushes: short flat No12, long flat No7 or flat watercolor brushes

Paint palette 10” x 12” or bigger with at least three separate flat mixing areas.

Water and water containers.

Spray bottle – small with fine mist.

Artist’s tape or masking tape.

Drawing board or “plexi-glass” sized slightly bigger than your watercolor paper (if you are using watercolor paper in sheets)

Hair Dryer 

 Paper towels and trash bag. 

Sketch book or pad, size up to 8”x 11” 

Instructor Bio

Vladislav Yeliseyev AIS, NWS
Impressionist Artist

“Vlad Yeliseyev is no stranger to beautiful scenery. In fact, he’s traveled around the world to paint interesting cityscapes and landscapes. But unlike many artists who are drawn to a postcard-perfect site, Yeliseyev usually can be found around the back of a building, along the street or in an alleyway, capturing commonplace scenes,” wrote BJ Foreman in her article “Everyday Poetry” in the Watercolor Artist Magazine (Feb.2016). The Russian émigré came to the Unites States in the 1980s equipped with a classical art education from Moscow School of Art and a Master’s Degree in architecture from the Moscow Institute of Architecture. Now a renowned watercolor and plein air artist, his paintings are in personal and commercial collections worldwide.

Vladislav currently works from his studio in Sarasota, Florida, where he spends most of the day painting. “I am a constant student of my craft,” he admits. His work is often praised for his unique ability to reflect light in his paintings. Critics noted his bold brushwork, expert loose color passages, and crisp well edited calligraphy in his paintings.  To achieve this affect, Vladislav (Vlad) prefers to use rough watercolor paper and combinations of brush techniques. “The challenge with watercolor,” Vlad explains, “is to achieve richness in color and not to lose the transparency.”  With painstaking use of limited brushwork in his art, Vlad creates paintings which give a sense of depicted objects rather than their details, while maintaining the transparent colors unique to watercolor.  “I use a palette of warm colors a lot, like ochre and burnt umber,” says Vlad. “I now just use 15 colors in my palette.”  Look for his favorite colors – burnt sienna, cobalt turquoise, gold ochre – in the majority of his artwork.
“There should be something not said in a painting, something that gives the luxury of interpretation to the viewer. And there lies the poetry”, he says “Poetry on the page is minimalistic in the number of words it uses. The challenge for me as an artist is how to say a lot with minimal brushstrokes”.
Yeliseyev is the founder of Renaissance School of Art in Sarasota, Florida.  After receiving many inquiries about his watercolor techniques, he released instructional video workshops on DVD: “Painting Architecture”, “Impressions in Watercolor” and “Light in Watercolor” which are available for purchase from this website. 

Vladislav’s recent solo exhibitions include “Images of a European Journey”, “Urban Thoughts” and “Summer Tunes”.  Currently his work can be seen in Troika Gallery in Easton, MD, East West Fine Art in Naples, FL, Stakenborg Fine Art Gallery and Galleria Silecchia in Sarasota, FL.

In 1996 Vladislav won the Formal Presentation Drawing Award from the American Society of Architectural Illustrators.  His work is prominently featured in February 2016 issue of  the Watercolor Artist magazine where he is also chosen as a cover artist,  the 2017 June/July issue of PleinAir Magazine, and  the 2018 March issue of Art of Watercolour (french edition). 

In his work as a plein air artist, Vladislav has participated in prestigious invitational paint-outs nationwide and abroad. He has won numerous awards including Best of Show Awards, First Place Awards, Collector’s Choice Awards and The BoldBrush Award.

Vlad is an exhibiting member of many art societies nationwide, and a signature member of American Impressionist Society, National Watercolor Society, and Florida Watercolor Society. 

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