Gloria Miller Allen

Powerful Tools for Powerful Painting

May 21-27, 2016 (Five Teaching Days)

Gloria’s workshop is designed for the serious student who desires a firm grasp of basic art principles at their fingertips. She believes academic practices are fundamental and will present down-to-earth studies to promote these skills. These studies aim at a deep and richer understanding of color, value, design, perspective drawing, awareness and acceptance of our own creative spirit. This is how you build confidence. When these fundamentals are consciously and fully grasped we are fully free to pursue our personal artistic journeys. We will also address awareness of personal strengths, weaknesses, personal preferences, emerging style and focus on personal artistic goals. Although Gloria’s medium is transparent watercolor, other mediums are welcome. More than a watercolor class, this is an art class.

Demos, and discussions about how to think through problems as they present themselves during the process of painting and pulling it all together. She finds the more experienced the artist, the more willingness there is to dig into basics. However, there is no better place for beginners than to do the same. All levels welcome.

Gloria has lived in Idaho for over 40 years, though she spent her childhood in the Midwest. Her first job was in the Litho Art Department of Hallmark Cards headquarters in Kansas City. Gloria was 18 years old, and learned an incredible amount about color and value contrasts in painting. After marriage, she and her husband moved to Corvallis, OR for his graduate program. After a PhD, they moved their family of five to East Brunswick, New Jersey for about 5 years - then they moved to Idaho. She has painted all her life, but out west it became more of a passion. She says, "From Coast to Coast I have both enjoyed and struggled with paint."

Gloria's first book "I Think ~ Therefore I Art" was published in Sept 2012. It is an instructional book and is available through Her second book is not instructional in nature. It is titled" Four Decades of Paintings and Poems" and is just that... paintings and poems. It is available through Xlibris Publishing or from her studio.

She has earned Signature Status in the American Watercolor Society (AWS; the National Watercolor Society (NWS); the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA); Watercolor West (WW), and the North West Watercolor Soc. (NWWS).

She served as Artist in Residence at both Zion National Park, and the Grand Canyon. 

She has always considered her drawing-board her classroom, and loves the image of being a perpetual student. Thousands of paintings become un-purchasable knowledge. She is grateful that her life has allowed her to explore this watercolor world. Her workshop is designed such that no mater your level, the goal is to take further steps along your personal artistic journey.

Studio: Something for all levels. BEGINNERS WELCOME.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $425
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $475
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $565
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $457
(There are 6 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

For this week only, the arrival date is Saturday, not our normal Sunday.

Saturday, 5/21
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)

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 5/22-5/26
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
Dinner - See Optional Events Below

Wednesday, 5/25
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 5/27
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Sunday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    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 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 NOON Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    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.