Bonnie Paruch

Pastel and Watermedia: The Creative Experience

June 12-17, 2016 (Four Teaching Days)

Join award winning Master Pastelist Bonnie Paruch on this creative journey exploring pastel and water media. Students will learn all aspects of painting in soft pastels. Your artwork will be enhanced with a watercolor or acrylic underpainting on sanded pastel paper. Participants will be guided by Bonnie’s insightful step-by-step demonstrations and critiques. The beauty of the “Up North” landscape will inspire participants as we occasionally sketch on location and bring these simple sketches into the studio.

Bonnie is known for her impressionist style, strong color harmonies, and painterly marks. She will help you construct strong designs with an emphasis on value and color temperature. Any style, any level of experience is welcome to this workshop. The days will fly by as participants experiment, learn new techniques and hone their voice of personal expression.

The beautiful classroom and outdoor setting of the lake and Dillman's retreat will inspire your creative spirit.

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Bonnie Paruch is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. In 2014, she was awarded the honor of "Master Pastelist". Her vibrant pastel paintings have been juried into the presigious P.S.A. National shows in New York six times, garnering four awards. In 2002 she wrote an article describing her plein air painting techniques for International Pastel Artist magazine. International Artist magazine has featured Bonnie's plein air work and identified her as one of "America's leading landscape painters". She is an award winning participant in Invitational Plein Air competitions including Tucson Plein Air, Door County Plein Air, Cedarburg Plein Air, and Rocky Mountain Plein Air.

Bonnie was identified as an "artist to collect" by Southwest Art magazine. Her additional publications include American Artist Magazine where she was honored to be the cover artist, The Pastel Journal, North Light Magazine, and the Best of Flower Painting Two, a North Light book. She teaches popular painting workshops throughout the Midwest, and welcomes visitors to her Summer studio and gallery in rural Sister Bay (Door County), Wisconsin. In 2015, Bonnie will open her new Winter studio in Green Valley , Arizona.You can follow her blog at She welcomes new friends on facebook.

Artist's Statement 
For as long as I can remember I've been drawing and painting the wonders of nature and life. I'm seduced by the beauty I see around me. My style may be summed up by the words a gentleman spoke to me at a show in Scottsdale, Arizona ,"You paint like a dead Russian!" he said. I am inspired by color, light, the texture of my paint and the energy of life itself. I strive for clarity of purpose with an economy of means. When I begin to paint , I ask myself a series of questions. First and foremost, what is the "big" idea and the focus of the work? My central interest and overall concept is often triggered by an emotional reaction. Communicating that emotion and sense of wonder is the driving force in my painting design. I use shapes, values, colors, edges, brushwork and line to share my point of view. I believe composed is the root or essence of the word composition. It's ironic that a word suggesting stillness and repose is also used to describe the active creative process of making a painting. The many parts of a painting composition; it's design, connected shapes, light and dark values, color harmonies, edges, and atmosphere, are all elements subservient to my intent. My intent can be obvious, a path to a beautiful spot on a canvas, or it can also be mysterious. Often, I create paintings with an undefined pathway for the viewer to discover and travel on their own. In essence I consider myself a story teller. For me, a successful painting goes beyond recording the facts - a camera can do that. My goal in painting is to create a personal expression filled with emotion, a story left to interpretation.

Studio: Something for all levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student: 
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $450
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $475
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $550
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $385
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
NEW Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, 6/12
Check-In to your unit at Dillman’s (check-in time is 3:00)
5:00 Welcome Reception (included in package)
6:00 Dinner at Dillman's (included in package)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 6/13-6/16
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session
Lunch On Own

Meals are on your own. All accommodations have cooking facilities. You may preorder box lunches and dinners for meals to be taken alone or with your group in: your studio, the lodge deck, cafe, or your accommodation. (Pre-ordering for lunches and dinners is required.)

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

Thursday, 6/16
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 6/17
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Monday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Monday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Tuesday 7:30 a.m. Yoga
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Wednesday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

Dine-Around Dinners: Registration required at the front desk, meet at 5:00pm in the main lobby for carpooling.

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’sfor $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.