John Lovett

Saying More with Watercolor and Mixed Media

June 12-18, 2016 (Five Teaching Days)

Techniques to amplify the character of your subject. It is easy to fall into the trap of simply producing a likeness. In this workshop we will take a loose approach to our subject, concentrating more on creating an atmosphere that characterizes what we are painting. It is often the simple, understated suggestions that give life and impact to our work. We will focus on a range of techniques and approaches that put that  “something extra” into our paintings.

We will work hard but the atmosphere will be casual and a lot of fun. I will provide painting subjects and will do at least two demos paintings each day. After each demo I will walk around the class assisting students with their work. We will also fit in a couple of critique sessions during the course of the class. This class is suitable for all levels of students.

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Prominent Australian artist, John Lovett was born in Cooma, NSW, Australia in 1953. He studied at the National Art School, Newcastle, Australia and has been painting professionally since 1979.

John works in oils, acrylics and watercolour, but his preferred medium is watercolor and mixed media. As John states: "For me, the unpredictability and uncontrollable nature of watercolour make it the most exciting and expressive medium of all. The opportunity to meander somewhere between mastery and complete lack of control during the course of a painting make it one of the most engaging mediums. This, plus the fact that it is quick, clean and portable, got me in thirty years ago and my enthusiasm has been growing ever since." John's paintings express an emotional depth that makes his work distinctive. While most of his work depicts to some extent, places or objects, the real subject is always less tangible an idea or sound, a time of day or a momentary incident. This unique interpretation of his subject has a vitality that is enhanced by his use of light, color and strong sense of design.

John travels extensively throughout Australia and overseas and his love of the landscape, people and environment is reflected in his work. His travels have taken him to Italy, France, England, Ireland, Asia and the USA. These places have provided John with new inspiration for his work. The different light and atmosphere, plus the strong undertones of history, culture and architecture, have provided a catalyst for new, exciting images.

John's passion for his work and his open easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD's and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular. His articles are regularly featured in "International Artist" magazine.

Since commencing his career John has held over thirty five solo exhibitions and taken part in many joint ones. John's work is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and USA.

Publications include:

  • John Lovett's Textures, Techniques and Special Effects for Watercolor.  Publisher International Artist
  • Watercolor for the Fun of It Getting Started.  Publisher Northlight Books.
  • A Series of 10 minute Watercolor Instruction DVD's in association with International Artist magazine.
  • Splashing Paint a 2 hour instructional DVD

Studio: Something for all levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student: $535
(Tiered pricing not available)
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

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 Room and Meal Package. $25 additional for day students.)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 6/13-6/17
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)

Saturday, 6/18
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)

    Friday 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.