September 28-October 3, 2014
(Four Teaching Days)
Living Landscape Watercolors
New to Dillman’s
Discover your inner artist! Come along & have fun experimenting with a variety of watercolor techniques and materials as you paint vibrant & glowing wilderness scenes. Julie will give class demos and individual instruction will help you discover your strengths and develop the inner rhythm & melody of your own unique voice as an artist. You will try a variety of techniques that will enhance your ability to paint in a more intuitive & fluid manner. Let loose as you fling, throw & splatter color to add dimension and a fresh, spontaneous look to your work. You will build on what you have learned about perspective, elements of design, developing a center of interest, values, edges, and color. Working with natural objects, handmade papers, fibers, mica, you will create interesting textures and forms.
You will learn a multitude of ways to apply paint to achieve amazing textures and glowing layers. Experience glazing and pouring onto wet and dry paper to achieve magical and luminous effects. Be prepared to uncover the spontaneous nature and amazing qualities of watercolor.
Julie Schroeder, born in Canada, now makes Minnesota her home. Trekking through the meadows and peaks of the Canadian Rockies, her love for nature turned into a passion for wild places. This is expressed in her art today.
"My goal as an artist is to be continually growing and learning in my ability to create paintings that capture a mood in nature or a moment in time. My hope is that when people experience my art it takes them on a journey of inner healing and deeper discovery. Through my art, I strive to uplift and encourage people to experience a greater joy and love for others and for the living world that surrounds them. It's a privilege to be able to share my passion and awe for the incredible beauty and complexity of creation."
For Julie, creating a piece of artwork starts with paints, paper and a bucket of water. "And you're ready to go," she says. From her signature watercolor piece, "The Visitor" featuring a hummingbird flitting toward a flower, to abstract works and encaustic creations using colored wax, Julie has dabbled in many painting mediums.
She loves to be close to nature, incorporating it into her creations. "Early morning or sunset inspires me to paint. The times of the day when the rays of the sun are long and create the most beautiful patterns and colors on the land and in the sky. I like to merge the patterns of nature with aspects of feeling, passion and fantasy.
I've been painting for a long time. I've loved art ever since I was young, but when I got into college, I started playing with watercolors and I have been painting ever since,"
She taught elementary through high-school, as well as adults learning English as a second language for many years before teaching watercolor exclusively.
Julie spent her summers in the Canadian Rocky Mountains hiking and observing nature. "Watercolor is a bit unpredictable compared to other mediums, but that's what's fun about it, since it is reactive and has a life of its own. You never know exactly what is going to happen. That is part of the discovery and excitement that I enjoy the most." Julie has been teaching regular painting classes in the Minneapolis/St Paul area. She has also taught internationally and has developed programs and taught workshops in the Canadian Arctic.
Julie has done demonstrations for Ashdown Studios, outside of Rochester, MN. She also has been filmed for a number of DVD's, Northern Lights, "Seasons of Watercolor," & 'Florals' with Ashdown Studios. Her work also won the 2013 Sogn Blush Label contest at Cannon River Winery.
Julie especially enjoys watching the colors she mixes together with water flow on the surface.
"It was like watching a dance happen on the paper. I lose myself in the rhythm; it's so amazing how time ceases to exist." Her work is currently featured at Kelley Gallery in Woodbury and has been shown in solo exhibits, group shows at art galleries, and museums throughout the country as well as exhibiting in National and International Juried Exhibits and galleries.
Studio: Something for all levels.
Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $315
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $325
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $335
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $350
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Check-In to your unit at Dillman's (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session
4:00 Farewell Champagne Toast
Depart - check-out time is 10:00
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.