The following shows samples of workshops locally and nationally I was invited to and hope to get reinvited. Watch for The week in March 2023 when I'll be teaching a workshop for The Red River Watercolor Society.
Please bring a support board, gator board or plywood, etc. to adhere your paper using clamps or tape.
Tables are provided but I recommend working on a slanted surface, approx. 30 - 45 degrees.
Colors; from tubes. The list below is not mandatory. Substitutions are OK in most cases, I mostly use
Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton.
Brushes; any watercolor variety including a 1 1/2" wash, a few 1/2" flats, rounds in various sizes.
I also use a 2" wash for larger shapes.
Paper is important; any brand that is 100% cotton rag. I use Arches or Kilimanjaro, 140 # cold press.
Watercolor blocks are good. Full sheets (22" x 30") can be cut into quarters. A sketch book, (any size),
Scrap paper for drawing. One painting per day? Or you may take your time.
Mixing palette; with large mixing areas. I use Robert E. Wood Palette. Other suggested palettes are
Tom Lynch, Skip Lawrence, John Pike, Frank Webb.
Also; 3B or softer pencils, paper towels or rags. Masking tape. Paper clamps (bulldog style).
1/2 quart or larger open water containers. Magic erasers.
Optional; Plexiglas 8" by 10" and black grease pencil or china marker, for a drawing and design lesson.
Any other; special tools you have picked up along the way. I see many are now using electronic devices or lap tops.
I usually pre-pencil a painting foundation for my demos (to save time) and you may do the same. Drawing skills are important but tracing or projecting is OK. Keep your subjects simple. Students may choose from any subject, photos or sketches.
Demos will be given along with individual and group critiques. This is not an imitation workshop. Individual
personalities are encouraged. Lessons are designed to explore new color and compositional approaches that will make ordinary subjects into exciting paintings.
Rose Madder Genuine
Cadmium Red Light
soft pencils- 3B
Kneaded Eraser, Magic Eraser
100% Cotton Rag 140# Cold Press Paper, a 22 x 30 sheet can be cut into
quarter sheets, Arches, Kilimanjaro, etc. Watercolor Blocks are ok.
scrap paper, masking tape, paper towels
a large mixing palette-Robert E, Wood, Tom Lynch, Skip Lawrence, John Pike
or Chinet Classic White 12" Platter
a support board to attach your paper to - foam core, plywood, etc.
water containers- Cool Whip size plastic
brushes - a 1 inch or larger flat, 1/2 inch flats, some various sized rounds
Most, but not necessarily all, items are available (in Pittsburgh) at Artist
& Craftsman Supply on Hobart St., Blick Art Materials in Shadyside, or at
your better crafts stores.
See below for a more detailed list
304 242 7700
Tube paints come in various sizes
depending on Brand - to name a few,
Daniel Smith, Winsor & Newton, M. Graham, Sennelier, Dick Blick, Lucas Aquarell, etc.
If color is not available, ok to substitute. For
example, if Rose Madder is not available,
choose another rose.
The list is suggested only. People do ask what I use. Bring what you have.
Watercolor workshop September 19 - 22, 2017
At Ocala Hilton Convention Center
Ocala, Florida. Contact Kimshields4fws@gmail.com
352 637 4634
NEW Prussian Blue
I have been invited to teach a
watercolor workshop, "Watercolor
Naturally", the week of July 9-13.
The 2019 catalog is on line now.
See how wonderful Touchstone is. www.touchstonecrafts.org
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Due to Covid-19 a few of my workshops have been postponed. As of now, am available to teach your art group.
Supply List For
A watercolor workshop at Roanoke, Va. June 25 thru Friday 28. Each day classes from 9:00 to 4:00 pm. A welcome dinner is planned the night of Monday 24. 2302 Brandon Ave. SW Roanoke, Va 24015. Contact Jane Frank. More info to come.