Frank Webb

Toward Mastery in Watercolor

May 29-June 3, 2016 (Four Teaching Days)

Do you love paint? Are you often found hovering over your easel, brush in hand, palette set with clear color, acres of previous papers trailing behind you while aiming to communicate with your unseen audience by means of marks on paper, mindful of difficulties, limitations, countless false starts and failures; yet, dedicated to producing work of higher significance?

If you see yourself in this scenario, then consider joining me and other painters in this watercolor painting workshop. All levels of ability save rank beginners are welcome. The single, most important focus will be pictorial design, which includes planning, color, tonal values, expression and visual theme. Demonstrations, personal instruction and objective criticism will sharpen your critical powers. Not only will you gain a better understanding of the painting process, but you will be confident in your new found skills.

Bring along drawings, photos or old paintings to serve as your subjects. With your regular painting gear include a soft pencil and sketch paper to plan exciting designs before painting. If this is a new procedure for you, guidance will be available.

Along with Science, Theology and Philosophy, Art is one of the four grand inquiries. Those bound together by art form some of life’s most significant associations. Expect to meet new friends. When returning from the workshop to the solitude of our own studios we will be recharged by that temporary collaboration with gallant peers.


    They say the apple is 90% water. Lets get to the core of painting by jumping into more water. In this
    workshop we pounce on a wet paper with a ferocious all over looseness that gives your paper an authority like no other attack. So often we resort to defensive painting, now is the time to go on the offensive. Dare to be bold. If you can’t pronounce a word say it loud.
    Too many paintings languish in a bog of mediocrity. A good painting should not merely copy the model should be built with the bricks of design principles. These can be learned. Armed with design principles you may not only better judge the production of other artists, but more importantly you will be provided with a tribunal to judge your own work.
    Here is a key to making your painting glow with mysterious radiance. Learn to analyze your subject in layers and then paint them one at a time. Transparency is one of watercolor’s greatest characteristics. Shapemaking is made easier and more fun when we learn to make glorious washes that communicate our delight and decorate our papers with pizzazz and transparency.
    Color is the daily bread of painting. When one says painting one says color. Is your color merely descriptive and copied in a hum-drum way? Learn in this session how to use color with strategy and for the sake of expression. Color is not something that comes from the model but should come from the palette. Let us learn to keep some of the beauty of color that comes out of the tube. Often we corrupt our color with too much niggling.
    Calligraphy means beautiful graphic marks. Most any painting will exude more pep if it has the dash of calligraphy. It also is the key to personalizing your painting. We will explore the differences between the pointed brush and the flat brush. Usually it is a partial statement combined with another partial statement of washes. The partial statement in art invites the beholder to collaborate in finishing the painting.

I believe that art is design and communication. Design is how you divide the paper using shapes, lines, values, colors, sizes, directions and textures. The resultant painting then should transmit your thinking and feeling to others. When I look at your painting I want to see you. No one will find our work interesting unless we find our own work interesting.

Frank Webb is a world-class watercolor painter who has been self-employed as an artist since 1958. He has authored three books on painting and design, and he is listed in Who’s Who in American Art, and inWho's Who in the East. He is a frequent juror and has conducted painting seminars in 50 states and in numerous locations worldwide. Frank is a Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society. He received his training from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He has conducted painting workshops internationally and has authored three books. He has won over 120 major awards and has received lifetime achievement medals from The Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and The Philadelphia Water Color Society. The Transparent Watercolor Society of America has granted him Master Status.  A frequent juror, he is also a VP and Master of Ceremonies of the American Watercolor society. He has lectured twice to members of the American Watercolor Society and once to the National Watercolor Society. Ten art museums have Webb paintings in their permanent collections and he has exhibited in Bangkok, Singapore, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Jiangsu, Taipei, Glasgow, Toronto and Mexico City.   

Studio: Something for all levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student: 
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $475
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $530
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $635
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, 5/29
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 5/30-6/2
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, 6/2
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 6/3
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.