Jeannie McGuire

Watercolor - Approach Figurative Painting from a Unique Perspective

Sept 15-20, 2019 (Four Teaching Days)

Jeannie aims to act as a mentor and inspire artists to create character in their figurative work. Jeannie shares her painting application and spontaneous thoughts and stories that guide her design process and style. As a student you are encouraged to be imaginative about the people in your reference photos and to study their expressions, body language, surroundings and interactions. You will hear about intuitive design and composition, versatility of pigment/water ratios, intentional and spontaneous marks, use of titanium white as an additional pigment, and the freedom to change your mind. Workshop projects will build on each other as the week progresses; offering additional painting & discussion time. Projects will explore eyes and faces in an unconventional way; focus on a single figure with an obscure background; and intertwine a group of people with their background elements. Students receive plenty of personalized attention and critiquing to enhance their journey as an artist.

The following projects are loosely described to help you choose reference photos.

Face Project: Every face has a story
Approach the face as a work of art versus a traditional portrait. Look for photo references that denote demeanor. This project will have you working on 3 individual faces simultaneously. Reference the same face or three different faces. Your choice of paper size but draw large so the measure from the chin to hairline is a minimum of 8” or fill a full sheet.

Single Figure Project: Obscured backgrounds harmonize with body language
Simplify facial features and focus on spontaneous brushwork to allude to the subject’s attitude, action or persona, body language or movement. Drawing a single figure you will replace scenery with obscure linear design, shapes and brushwork. Draw face size larger than 3”. 

Group of Figures Project:  Strength in numbers
Intentionally connect, intertwine or separate your subjects of 2 or more to show a relationship or non-relationship with one another. Background objects, scenery or obscurity should play a supportive and purposeful role to the subject. Draw face size larger than 3” if possible.
Works in Progress: A painting revisited – is it really finished?
Bring along a few of your paintings that you are willing to continue painting on. Select pieces that are in progress or you are struggling with or even paintings you think might be finished.

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Exhibiting internationally, Jeannie's work has been recognized with numerous awards including the American Watercolor Society’s 144th Gold Medal of Honor for her painting “Kenneth”. Jeannie juries art exhibitions and gives figurative design watercolor workshops to artists, always encouraging a purpose for creating art. Her original work and commissions are in both private and public collections and represented in art magazines. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and other select small groups.

This is a Studio Only Workshop.
Intermediate / Advanced Levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $585
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $680
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $825
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $400
(There are 5 nights' accommodations included in the "Room & One Dinner Fee" listed above.)
Cancellation Policy, Class Fees and Tiered Pricing Explained
A partial tuition scholarship is offered
Workshop Itinerary


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Workshop Itinerary

Sunday, 9/15
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 9/16-9/19
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, 9/19
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 9/20
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 8:00 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’s for $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.