Laurin McCracken     August 26–31, 2012 (Four Teaching Days)
Painting Life-Like Florals in Watercolor 

Laurin McCrackenCome and enjoy adding a higher level of realism to your painting. Laurin is national renowned watercolorist that specializes in realism. Learn traditional watercolor techniques to create fresh, dynamic paintings. His lectures, demos and exercises will give you all the tools you will need to create striking florals at any scale, large or small. Laurin will show you how important lighting is to getting the right image. You will learn to use the two-brush technique to make three-dimensional realism on your two-dimension painting surface. Laurin's lectures will trace the development of still life painting and how the basic watercolor techniques have been most successfully used by the great painters.

There will be a lot of opportunity for personal assistance is helping you add additional tools to your tool box. He will also discuss how to use digital photography to capture images as painting source material and how to best record your finished painting. Join other painters in a workshop where the emphasis is on having an enjoyable experience while learning to paint better.

Laurin is a registered architect and maintains a home and studio in Leland, Mississippi. He has put the skills learned over the years in drawing, photography and observation to use as a watercolorist. He studied with Gwen Bragg at the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia and with Alain Gavin at the Art Institute in Chicago. He has paintings in corporate and private collections, including McGraw-Hill's Corporate Collection and the Urban Land Institute.

Born in Meridian, Mississippi, he holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University and a Masters in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University. He has traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East and Japan, both as a practicing architect, a photographer and a painter. His photographs have been widely published in architectural journals and as book covers and book illustrations.

His work has appeared in Splash 9, 10, 11 and 12 and well as a number of other books. He is a contributing writer to Watercolor Artist and The Artist’s Magazine. Articles about his work have appeared in American Artist, Drawing, Watercolor, International Artist and Southwest Art.

Laurin is an award-winning artist whose paintings have been exhibited in juried shows coast to coast including the Philadelphia Water Color Society, Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, California Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society.

Studio: Something for all levels.


A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Fee: $435 + tax
Room & One Dinner Fee: $325 + tax
Class Fees Explained
Workshop Itinerary

Laurin McCracken

Laurin McCracken

Laurin McCracken

Laurin McCracken

Laurin McCracken

Workshop Itinerary

Sunday 8/26
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception
6:00 Dinner
Monday-Thursday 8/27-8/30
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session
Thursday 8/30
4:00 Farewell Champagne Toast
Friday 8/31
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

*5 nights’ accommodations are included in this workshop

Day students are welcome to attend the Welcome Reception and Farewell Reception (included in your package). You are also invited to join the class dinners (additional fee). PAL’s (Participants at large) can vacation at Dillman’s for $50 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.


Sunset at Dillman's