*June Session is full, please register for the wait list or the July workshop*
Watercolor can seem daunting for those who have tried it or want to try it. This is a class designed to help loosen your approach to the medium, feel more capable with the paints, and find out how rewarding it can be. The classes focus on working with water, learning how to mix colors, understanding paper, and using the strengths (and weaknesses) of the medium to your advantage.
Starting with a short demonstration, each 2 hour class will concentrate on a different aspect of watercolor painting with the final class putting them all together like a symphony!
- The first class will work with the different methods of painting with watercolors and the paints themselves. We will be mixing colors using water instead of the palette.
- The second class will focus on different surfaces. Using the paper you have at hand, we will talk about how different papers and surfaces can be manipulated to make watercolors perform differently. In particular, we will talk about lifting paint and working counter intuitively to create desired effects.
- In this final class, we will go over different types of washes and how they can be used for backgrounds, foregrounds, and we’ll specifically tackle the “muddy” wash. In addition, we’ll go over how to begin projects (what to work on first and why). This is the class where you bring what YOU want to work on and you can start it to move forward into the summer with some direction!
Lisa Goren was born in California and raised in NYC. And yet she has dreamed of Polar landscapes since she was in her teens.
Her first trip took her to Antarctica where she was inspired and captivated by the landscape. Later travels to Iceland, Alaska, increased her love for the Polar Regions. Her watercolors show an unfamiliar landscape in a new light. By using vibrant colors and taking risks with different surfaces, she makes the viewer reevaluate their understanding of both these landscapes and their beliefs in the potential of the medium. Her works create questions about the nature of abstraction and our planet as many of her pieces are representations of unfamiliar, threatened terrains.
Lisa’s work can be found in personal collections all over the world, from Australia to Iceland, and the United States. She was awarded a place on the 2013 voyage of The Arctic Circle, an artist residency sailing near the North Pole. This “trip of a lifetime” was chronicled in an article she wrote for the New York Times and led her to her next phase of her Polar work. She had two pieces in “Gaia – Les femmes et l’ecologie” in Paris to coincide with the COP21 Climate talks. Lisa has been working out of Boston, Massachusetts for the past 25 years and is a board member of the National Association of Women Artists (Mass. Chapter). She was named Artist-in-Residence for the South Shore Art Association, 2016-2018.
Her recent Google Talk about her art and travels is available on youtube: http://bit.ly/lisagorengoogle
Recent Exhibitions of Note:
Fort Point Open Studios, Boston, MA, November, 2018
Expeditions: From Iceland to the Gobi Desert, Paula Estey Gallery, Newburyport, MA,
Flux: Six Artists Respond to Uncertainty, Piano Craft Gallery, Boston, MA, October, 2017
Earth, Fire, Water, Air: Elements of Climate Change, Chen Art Gallery, New Britain, CT, April
31 Women, James Library and Center for the Arts, Norwell, MA, March 2017
Art Above 66°, 33”, Augustana College Art Museum, Rock Island, IL, November-February 2017
Gaia: Les femmes et l’ecologie Galerie Maison Bleu, Paris France, November 2015-February
Strokes of Genius, 125 th Anniversary, Rockport Art Association, October-November, 2015
Contemporary Art Fair, Javits Center, NYC, October 2012
Holzwasser Gallery, Newton, MA, Watercolors of Polar Landscapes, Solo Show, October, 2011
South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA, October 2016-May 2018
The Arctic Circle, Svalbard, Norway, Sept.-Oct. 2013
“In Hot Pursuit of Ice and Cold”, New York Times, Sunday, March 29 th , 2015,
“Water Into Ice: Watercolors of Polar and Frozen Landscapes”
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – https://www.worldcat.org/title/lisa-
Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Chicago – http://www.worldcat.org/title/meteorites-in-