One of the highlights of any artist's connection with our studio is the opportunity to study with top watercolor instructors from all over the US and abroad. Here are some the artists who have given workshops at Nancy Couick Studios and Gallery in the past year or so. To reach their websites, click on their name and follow the link.
Peggi's workshop took attendees from a suitable photographic image through multiple value/design studies and color studies to a finished design, resulting in a work of art that was not a copy of a photo but rather a personal creation.
Peggi Habets is an award-winning artist and instructor who works primarily in watercolor and mixed media. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally and has been included in a variety of publications, including "Best of America: Watercolor Artists", and the following magazines: Watercolor Artist; Watercolor Magic; Palette; and the Portrait Society of America's The Art of The Portrait. Most recently, she authored "Watercolor Made Easy: Portraits" and her work was featured in "The Art of Drawing and Painting Portraits", both books published by Walter Foster Publishing. A watercolor instructor, Peggi has taught students from around the country and internationally.
Susan's workshop, focussing on color and light using transparent watercolors, was a great success. She takes students from reference photorgraphs, through design, preliminary value sketches and color sketches, to the freedom to follow where the watercolor leads in the finished work. She is a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and has been published in Splash 12 and Splash 14, She has studied with nationally known artists, and in addition to displaying art at festivals throughout the Southeast and teaching workshops, she also enjoys doing freelance work for the DaySpring division of Hallmark. We look forward to welcoming her back in August 2016.
Watercolor artist Soon Y. Warren is renowned for her use of vibrant color and great detail. She is the author of "Painting Vibrant Watercolors." She lives and works in Fort Worth, Texas. Her workshops here in 2014 and 2015 were very well received and we are pleased that she will be returning in March 2016.
Tom teaches workshops from coast to coast and is considered a master of his craft. His art can be found in private and corporate collections and his paintings have been featured on PBS, in books, magazines, brochures, posters and museums. He also has many instructional DVD's and is the author of two books. We always welcome him back to the studio. Each year, he brings new subjects to paint and new techniques to try.
Cindy Agan's self-taught method of watercolor portraits involves layer upon layer of nearly transparent washes of color, resulting in wonderful skin tones and detail with lots of "sparkle" and pets that deserve affection. The students in her workshops in 2014, 2015 and 2016 are enjoying the continuing relationship with this talented artist and fun teacher.
Claudia has authored or contributed to over thirty successful books, including "Creating Texture in Pen & Ink With Watercolor." This fully illustrated text book was not only a Northlight "Book of the Month," but a best seller for F & W Publications. Over 400,000 Claudia Nice books have sold. Her art work has won numerous awards and is often found in leading art instruction magazines.
Anne Abgott is the author of Daring Color and an award-winning artist. She specializes in brilliant color in watercolors. She is an excellent instructor, adept at creating excitement in her work in that of her students. Anne was here in the studio in 2011, and returned in August 2013 for "More Daring Color". This year, we welcomed her back to take the participants "From Ordinary to Extraordinary."
Janet Rogers is renowned for her sensitive portraits of women and children, as well as for her flower paintings. Through a series of painting and drawing exercises, students were able to develop a more loose and natural approach to watercolor, giving them an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings. Janet's workshops focus on portraits and/or flowers. Janet has been at our studio several times.
We look forward to welcoming her again in July, 2016 for THREE workshops: "Expressive Watercolors with Flowers," "Landscape Impressions in Watercolor," and "Painting Children in Watercolor."
Joe has been here in the studio each year since 2011! We always welcome him back. Joe focuses on the basics of watercolor -- how to understand and work with color and value, how to control the moisture on brushes and paper, how to glaze colors, and how to move colors to create balance and movement. His projects are designed to bring students to a higher level in a short time, using a variety of subjects. Students return to his classes year after year because of the depth of his knowledge, the wonderful content of the workshops and his fun personality.
Ted's portraits capture the essence of his subjects. He says, "For as long as I can remember, I have been a fascinated spectator of human behavior – the quintessential people watcher. I naturally seek the unique character in everyone I encounter. Often, as I observe someone in his or her everyday environment, I am rewarded with a moment when the play of light and shadow combine with a gesture or expression – and I see a painting. A shadow cast by a pair of wire-rimmed glasses, hands cradling a book or carefully tying a shoe, a contemplative smile completely unaware – the important moment that tells a whole story. My paintings are an attempt to compose and thoughtfully record the nuances that have transfixed these moments, these stories, in my mind."
Ted was here in January, 2013 for four days of intense study and creativity.