UWS Past Workshops


Spring 2018
Jeannie McGuire
. May 7-11, 2018

"An Intuitive Approach to Character Development of Faces and Figures"
9 am-4 pm each day.
Jeannie McGuire

Jeannie McGuire, AWS, a Pittsburgh-based artist, strives to invoke individual interpretation through her artwork, which impressively utilizes a free application of paint and stylistic forms of expression.  McGuire uses her own photography, acquired snapshots and life drawings to spark her creativity.  Her work has been described as a brilliant combination of emotion, movement, natural design, and sheer artistry that has been expanded upon from her days as a commercial graphic designer and photographer.  Impressionistic in nature with an identifiable subject, her strong, figurative approaches are unique in more ways than one.  

"People love telling me how they feel about my art and I am grateful for the connection we have."

Workshop is full, if you would like to be placed on a wait list, contact Julie Ickes at utahjewels@hotmail.com.
Kristi Grussendorf

Kristi Grussendorf. March 16-17, 2018
9 am-4 pm each day.
Details and registration coming soon.
Kristi Grussendorf

Ian Ramsay

Ian Ramsay. January 26-27, 2018
9 ma-4 mp each day.
Ian Ramsay
This workshop is full. Please contact Sandy Sleeper at artisan1672@comcast.net if you would like to be added to a waiting list.

     Ian Ramsay was born and educated in England, also lived in Canada and the United States. He is a licensed architect, receiving a Masters of Architecture at the U of U. He left architecture in 1979 to become a full-time artist, working exclusively in watercolor, mostly in a representational style.
     Ian has been featured in several national art magazines and has won many awards from the Utah State Fair to Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. He has taught at the Salt Lake Art Center and led numerous demonstrations and painting workshops. He is well known for his paintings of waterfront settings.
     Ian will be sharing his knowledge and experience in the UWS January 2018 Mini Workshop titled “Painting Harbourscapes.”

I Ramsay - Under the Bridge

R Barrett - Diner

Robert Barrett
Portrait and Figure Painting in Watercolor
November 3-4, 2017

As the title implies, the UWS Mini Workshop Portrait and Figure Painting in Watercolor with Robert Barrett will involve live models. The November 3-4, 2017 workshop will give us a taste of his accomplishments in books (“Life Drawing: How to Portray the Figure with Accuracy and Expression”), magazines (Outdoor Life, Boy’s Life, McCalls, & Communication Arts Magazine, just to name a few) and his exhibitions (Annual Springville Salons, Salt Lake Art Center, Busam Gallerie in Berlin Germany).

Robert received a BFA in Painting from the University of Utah in 1973 and an MA & MFA in painting from the University of Iowa in 1975 & 1976. In 1995 he was awarded the Karl G. Maeser Award for Teaching Excellence at BYU and in 2004 he was awarded the Karl G. Maeser Research and Creative Arts Award. He was recently selected as the 2010 “Distinguished Educator in the Arts” by the Society of Illustrator’s in New York City.

He is a member of the Society of Illustrators, the Pastel Society of America, the Portrait Society of America, and the Salmagundi Club. We are honored to have Mr. Barrett as one of our Mini Workshop Presenters.

Sorrento Italy Tanabe

Fall 2017, October 2-6, 2017
Keiko Tanabe


In this workshop, Keiko Tanabe will demonstrate and instruct students on her unique, award-winning methods for capturing light and atmosphere with watercolor.

Colleen Reynolds

Colleen Reynolds: Painting Pets with Personality

September 22-23, 2017  9am-4pm each day.

UWS September Mini Workshop with Colleen Reynolds: "Painting Pets with Personality!"

Put all your worries aside and have some fun learning how to capture the personalities of our favorite furry friends. We will paint at least one dog, one cat and one horse. Our focus will be on the face of the respective animals.

Click here for more information and to register.

Janet Rogers

Spring 2017
Flowers, Faces & Figures – from Life and Photos
Janet Rogers
May 1- 5, 2017

The Utah Watercolor Society is pleased to announce our Spring 2017 workshop with Janet Rogers, May 1-5, 2017. ““Flowers, Faces & Figures – from Life and Photos.”

Janet will be focusing the first part of her 5-day workshop instruction on painting flowers, using a fresh floral bouquet for reference. The week will wrap up with painting people, including a live model on the last day.

Janet is well known for her sensitive portraits of women and children, as well as her expressive floral paintings.  She has gained much popularity as an instructor for many watercolor workshops in the United States and Europe.  Watercolor demonstrations are part of her busy schedule, including Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival,  Florida Watercolor Society, and of course workshops throughout the United States.  

“I love the fluid nature of watercolor. To me, the interaction of artist with the medium is like a dance – full of motion, feeling, and expression. Discovering new color and composition as the painting develops is my joy. As a teacher, my goal is to enable the students to find their connections with watercolor in new and expressive ways.” ~Janet Rogers, AWS

Alterations: How to become a better critic of our own work. 

I recently (April 2016) saw the Degas mono print exhibition at the MOMA in NYC and was impressed by the way Degas worked. He started by making several sketches of the same image.  He used the sketches to make a mono print, and then made a painting from the mono print.  Using the painting as information for more sketches, another mono print, and a second painting, the creative cycle was repeated each time losing some of the information about the original model, but gaining something in its place. The images become more about making art and less about the flesh and blood of the model or the photographic likeness of an image.

In this workshop I would like to explore creative and destructive possibilities to create new art using one idea or inspiration. We will alter one photographic image again and again. Then we will work from our altered image to create new images. This is challenging work because I will be asking you to embrace the idea of destruction. Through our work we will be discussing how to become a better critic of our own work.

Willamarie Huelskamp
March 17 - 18, 2017
9am - 4pm
Sons of Utah Pioneers
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Willamarie Huselskamp Red Dress
Red Dress by Wilamarie Huelskamp

Jeannie Millecam

Jeannie Millecam
Line and Wash Workshop
January 20-21, 2017
Sons of Pioneers Building (map)
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Focus on different ways to approach line and watercolor wash using a  variety of tools and mediums.
Jeannie Millecam
Mini Workshop
Variations on a Theme
Why Paint the same thing over & over?
Sue Martin 
Nov. 18-19, 2016 

Sons of Pioneers Building (map
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Sue Martin EscalanteEscalante by Sue Martin
2016 Fall Member Workshop with Iain Stewart
From Sketchbook to Studio - Painting Light in Watercolor
Oct 3-7, 2016
Iain Stewart
Iain StewartBoatyards to Drawbridge, Iain Stewart

Mini Workshop
Variations on a Theme

Visual Vibrations Through Watercolor Paint
September 23-24, 2016

Live Models. Develop your portrait skills
Bruce Robertson and Shelley Redford-Young will team teach to make this a rich portrait experience. .

MeridethMerideth, Shelly Redford-Young
Bev Jozwiak
Painting Life with Life
Spring 2016, May 2-6, 2016

Bev Jozwiak, AWS, NWS

Well, Bev Jozwiak and her husband, Bob, made it home to Vancouver, WA safe and sound and in time for Mother’s Day. Thanks so much to Bev for a wonderful week of laying thick paint on hot press, concentrating on shapes more than objects, incorporating the background and foreground into the painting process, and, of course, value…there is always a dark side and a light side. Bev painted ballet dancers, a cow, a cowboy, a young, black girl, a crow, a rooster, and her daughter with her dog. Just about all her demos sold. In fact, we were her best selling workshop. In addition, Bev demonstrated her skill at our May Members Meeting. This painting immediately sold as well. Thanks, Bev! 

If you did not get her book, here is a link for you: www.chrisunwin.net 

UWS has purchased her DVD. If you would like to borrow it, contact Cindy Hepworth: cindyjhep@gmail.com

Steeped in Tradition IIISteeped in Tradition III, Bev Jozwiak
Roland Lee
March 18-19, 2016

This workshop is designed to help artists become better interpreters of the landscape by learning to see what nature does to catch our attention.  Our role is not to duplicate nature but to create new images based on our personal experiences.

Cool Silents Spike Ress
Catherine Darling Hostetter
February 19-20
Learn how to use your imagination to personalize and add the unexpected to your watercolor style. Catherine focuses on animals and people in her artwork and often combines them with a whimsical twist. You will learn how let go and use your imagination with fun exercises. Follow your inspiration; where even the most traditional artist can incorporate creative ideas into their style!
Catherine Darling Hostetter

Spike Ress Workshop
January 22, 23, 2016
Spike will be sharing his vast knowledge of good composition, laying a solid foundation, how to determine what you are seeing in nature and how to interprete what you see into your painting.  He will also share his understanding of both positive & negative shapes, plus how to balance warm & cool colors to create a visually cohesive painting.  Two amazing days of instruction, guidance and fun!  

Cool Silents Spike RessCool Silents by Spike Ress


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