​Due to Covid-19 a few of my workshops have been postponed. A list below shows examples of previous.

I am available to teach your art group.

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 paintings 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 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.

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.

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The list is suggested only. People do ask what I use. Bring  what you have.

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I have been invited to teach a

watercolor workshop, "Watercolor

Naturally", the week of July 9-13. 

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I hope it's true when they say watercolor is the difficult medium. This keeps it exciting and not for everyone. Practicing starts with a stroke of the brush and a follow  through, like the strum of guitar strings or shooting of a basket. My classes begin with basics of brushes, paints, and paper and move into that all important design and composition. Watch how your painting, abstract or otherwise, will come alive when the foundation is exciting. 

Watercolor workshop September 19 - 22, 2016

At Ocala Hilton Convention Center

Ocala, Florida. Contact Kimshields4fws@gmail.com

352 637 4634