Spend an exciting weekend exploring the lively, transparent medium of watercolor—even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush before.
In a safe, nonjudgmental atmosphere, we learn about our materials, and then let ourselves go as we rediscover the unfettered creative spirit of our childhood and explore how paint acts on wet paper.
During the weekend, we observe the effects the colors have on each other through a series of color-mixing adventures that give us an understanding of how to use color in future painting endeavors. We conclude with drawing and painting from life—and we learn that, yes, in fact, we all can do it!
Enrollment is limited for this program; register early.
Art Kits can be rented for $30 or purchased in advance for $70 and include 1 full sheet of Arches 100% rag cold-press watercolor paper, (4) 5ml tubes of Grumbacher Academy watercolors, 4 synthetic watercolor brushes: (3/4” flat, #6 & #14 rounds, 1 script liner), 1 folding watercolor palette, a sponge, pencil, eraser and support board. Rented kits include paper, brushes & enough paint for the workshop. For either, you will still need to bring 2 water containers (deli-tubs are fine), an old toothbrush, a small salt shaker, and a sketchbook or notebook.
To rent or purchase a kit or if you have any questions, contact the faculty:
Things To Bring
If you have painted before, and have comparable materials, bring what you have. Academy Paints ($6/tube), Arches paper ($8/sheet), folding palettes and other supplies will be for sale at the workshop. Paper Towels, tissues & masking tape will be provided, but you may want to bring your own.
4 tubes good quality watercolors*
- Permanent Rose, Red Rose Deep or Thalo Red
- Any Light Yellow (except Naples Yellow)
- Ultramarine Blue and Thalo Blue (or Winsor Blue Green shade)
Note: Grumbacher Academy and Van Gogh are good quality student grade watercolors that are widely available. Cotman are not recommended. All "professional" and "artist" grade paints are very good. They can all be used together.
- 140# Cold-Pressed 100% rag watercolor paper. Arches Recommended
- 1 full sheet (22" x 30") cut or torn into quarters or Arches 9 x 12" pad
Note: If you have painted before and have good quality watercolor that is painted on one side but you don’t want to keep what’s on it, this is a good time to use the other side. Also, cheaper watercolor paper can be used for the color mixing exercises. (Full sheets of Arches will be available at the workshop for $8 a sheet.)
Watercolor Brushes (need not be expensive; synthetic is fine)
- Round: Size 10 or 12 *
- Flat: 3/4" or 1" *
- A white plastic covered watercolor palette with a large mixing area
- A small folding palette is fine.* So is a white plate with a plastic bag to cover. (Faculty uses folding palette for travelling & the "John Pike Regular" palette in the studio)
- Water containers (2) (plastic quart tubs, etc.)
- Eraser: White Plastic and/or "Kneaded"
- Small Spray Bottle/mister
- Sketchbook or notebook
- Old tooth brush
- 2B pencil
- Support board max size 12" x 16" (corrugated, masonite, plexi, plywood, foamcore covered w/ clear contact paper etc.)
- Small salt shaker
* These items will be available at the workshop.
Please note that there is a special schedule for this course:
|4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.||Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)|
|7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m.||Welcome & Orientation|
|8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.||Workshop|
|2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.||Workshop|
|8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.||Workshop|
|1:00 p.m.||Check Out|
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.
Dining Hall Hours (Meals begin with dinner on arrival day and end with lunch on departure day.):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Meet the Teachers
Award-winning artist Ann Kristin Lindsay was born in Chicago and received her formal art training ...
Tuition & Fees
Wild Watercolor Adventure
Tuition covers your workshop costs and time spent in class with the faculty. Please see Stay With Us below for accommodation choices—which include meals and other amenities for those who wish to stay with us. Or see Commute for those who will not be staying on campus overnight.
Accommodations cover your room, all meals, and use of amenities and facilities—which includes optional classes, evening performances, sampler classes (during the week), the lake, walking trails, parking, and all other guest services. A list of local hotels and inns is available for those who wish to stay off-campus and commute (see Commute below).
Omega reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If Omega cancels a program, you will receive a full refund.
Refunds are available (less a $55 processing fee) up to eight days before your program or stay.
Nonrefundable credit toward a future Omega program or stay (less a $55 processing fee) is available if you give notice between seven and one day(s) before your program or stay. Credit may be applied to any Omega program or stay for one year following date of issue.
No credit or refund is available if you cancel on the arrival day; if you do not show up; or if you leave an event early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.
For more cancellation policies, see individual workshops or the more detailed Omega Cancellations & Refund Policies page.
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