Karen Knutson

Painting Mixed Media Landscapes with Abstraction

June 19-24, 2016 (Four Teaching Days)

If you want to take your traditional paintings to an abstract level, this is the workshop for you! This workshop will let you explore many different medias, including watercolor, acrylic, and charcoal pours. One day, we will prepare the surface with heavy gel medium creating a texture to indicate rows in a field. Another neat technique will be charcoal pours where we actually pour a big bucket of water on the surface to make the charcoal radiate on the surface. Acrylic layering will create a patchwork appearance. There will be a $10 supply fee so that students won’t have to invest in big amounts of some of the materials. (Karen will bring the unusual items for all to use.) This is Karen’s third time back teaching at Dillman’s. She is a very popular workshop instructor who believes that painting should be fun and easy, but with good design!

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Karen attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and currently lives in Minneapolis, MN. She thoroughly loves teaching watercolor and collage, and teaches workshops nationwide. Her workshops are filled with techniques to make painting fun and easy. She believes that painting should be fun, but also teaches a strong sense of design. Karen is a signature member of Transparent Watercolor Society of America (formerly known as Midwest Watercolor Society), San Diego Watercolor Society, Red River Watercolor Society, Missouri Watercolor Society, Montana Watercolor Society, Northern Plains Watercolor Society, Minnesota Watercolor Society, and has had many paintings accepted into other national shows. She has won many awards, both locally and nationally. Her paintings are featured in Splash 6, Watercolor, Fun and Free, and Searching for the Artist Within , Watercolor- The Spirit of Spontaneity, Watercolor without Boundaries, Artistic Touch 4, and the magazine, Watercolor Magic (Aug.’04).

Artist Statement:
I paint watercolors because I love the freedom that the paint has on the paper. I like watercolor for its free and wild qualities, forcing the artist to adjust to its many moods. For the past few years, I’ve enjoyed adding collage to my watercolor paintings, because I love the textures and the color discoveries of collage. My paintings are starting to be more abstract with usually something that is recognizable in the painting. I used to be drawn to paintings for their colors, but now I’m drawn to paintings with dynamic design. First and foremost, I like to have fun while I paint, and I’m constantly trying out new things, so that I will grow as an artist. I feel like the luckiest person alive to be able to do something that I love so much!

Studio: Intermediate to Advanced

Workshop Fee plus tax per student: 
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $445
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $515
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $610
Plus $10 Material Fee
Includes Blue Canvas Orchestra Concert Ticket
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, 6/19
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 6/20-6/23
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, 6/23
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Friday, 6/24
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.