Carol Schulz

Nita Engle Techniques for Exciting Watercolor Landscapes!

Sept 18-23, 2016 (Four Teaching Days)

For a second year at Dillman’s, we will explore Nita Engle’s impressionistic techniques ideal for use in watercolor landscapes. Using Engle’s selected palette of ten colors, we will learn the use of multicolor washes to create luminous skies, background tints, and water surfaces; the strategic use of frisket and masking; the throwing and spritzing of paint and water to create the random patterns of believable foliage, an area with which many painters have trouble. You will also learn many tricks and shortcuts that make painting easier and the results better. In short, the techniques you will learn allow much of your painting “to paint itself.” You will also learn a better method for stretching paper to support the wet techniques presented. Finally, we will incorporate many compositional and finishing hints when we combine all of the above techniques into two finished impressionist paintings:  one featuring the beautiful autumn foliage of the area, and the other the stunning beauty of a snowy winter scene.  This could become your 2016 Christmas/Holiday card!

These are techniques that all watercolor painters, regardless of level of expertise, can add to their tool kit. It is my style to work interactively with workshop participants and I will be there with you to answer questions and address problems as they arise. With Nita’s palette, all mistakes are correctable. Plan to have fun on this journey of watercolor exploration, as you watch your newly learned techniques paint your landscapes for you!

This workshop is fun and different from my 2015 workshop. I invite you to come and play with color and expand your capabilities to create breath-taking foliage and landscapes. And, bring your sense of humor!

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Carol Schulz received her first formal art training as an undergraduate at Northern Illinois University. After continued education in non-arts fields (two Master’s Degrees and a Ph.D., she became an award-winning university professor teaching Anthropology at Alfred University in NY State. Then she moved into the private sector and rose to vice president of an international corporation in technology, research, and engineering. Upon her retirement, she once again took up the brushes, but this time in a medium new to her - watercolor. “Cover new ground throughout your life; there’s no sense in plowing the same field over and over!”

Mostly self-taught, Schulz sought out specialized training from selected, admired watercolorists, including Mark Hobson of British Columbia and Nita Engle of Michigan. An impressionist at heart, Schulz uses bold colors and melds together diverse techniques to accomplish her work. “Do what works. And, paint what YOU and YOUR AUDIENCE enjoy! Nature is beautiful; make it so.” After over a decade of watercolor painting, showing, and marketing, she has sold 1500 paintings and several thousand prints. Her work can be found in homes and private collections on several continents.

Impressionism is best when it is just real enough to fool your eye into experiencing a believable landscape scene. Personally, I like to focus on the myriad variations of sky and foliage, the patterns they form, and their response to seasonal change. When looking at my landscapes I want you to be able to "feel" the air temperature and humidity, to "smell" the vegetation, to "hear" the sound of the rustling trees and the birds circling through the air. I would like you to feel invited to step through the picture frame and stand in the scene. This does not require a depiction of photographic reality. Painters are not photographers. We strive to go a step beyond that and transcend what your eye would see through a camera lens. Using impressionistic techniques, we fool your eye into experiencing detail that is implied, but not depicted. This works because the human brain instinctively strives to create order and completion where it does not exist. The mind will "fill in the blanks" created by impressionist techniques and make you believe in the scene's veracity. It is this universally human mental process that has kept impressionism popular for the last century, and continues to keep its images exciting and fresh. No matter how long you own a good impressionist painting, you will come back to studying it again and again. It will not fade into the wallpaper on which it hangs. It will keep luring your eye back to it to revisit the mind’s process of completion and to find exciting, new solutions. This process is rewarding to the human brain. It makes you feel good. This, I believe, is what makes impressionism timeless.

Studio: Something for all levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $470
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $495
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $535
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $385
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
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A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, 9/18
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 Room and Meal Package. $25 additional for day students.)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9/19-9/22
Breakfast On Own
9:00 a.m. - Noon Class in Session

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, 9/22
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 9/23
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.