Tara Sweeney

Watercolor Portraits: Color that Glows

September 7-12, 2020 (Four Teaching Days)

Watercolor’s spontaneity and range make it the perfect medium for expressing character strengths (and quirks) in glowing color and lively brushwork. Through daily demos, guided practice and individualized feedback you learn a three-layer, four-value, hold-the-whites approach to transparent watercolor. We begin with a step-by-step value study. The same techniques used for these simplified shapes and values help you see and paint the complex color shapes and values of the portrait. Individual style emerges as we explore compositional planning, drawing tips, vibrant color mixing, pigment characteristics, wet-into-wet mingling magic, lively gestures, and intentional lost and found edges in this fun workshop for all levels.

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Tara Sweeney is a prolific painter, illustrator, author and teacher from Saint Paul, MN. The original watercolor illustrations for her debut picture book, A to Zåäö: Playing with History (University of MN Press, 2019) are the focus of a solo exhibition, Extra/Ordinary, at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis 2/29-7/5/20. TPT2 public television’s MN Original recently showcased her work. Her award-winning watercolors have been exhibited with the National Watercolor Society and Transparent Watercolor Society of America, among many others, and are held in public and private collections. She holds signature membership in NWS and MNWS where she has served on the board since 2014. She earned undergraduate degrees in design and studio art from the University of Wisconsin, and an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She is professor emeritus with Augsburg University where she taught drawing and painting for 25 years. She teaches popular watercolor workshops in the Twin Cities and a variety of regional locations. When she’s not painting, you’ll find her partner dancing just about anywhere there is room to swing.

This is a Studio Only Workshop.
Something for All Levels.

Workshop Fee plus tax per student:
If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $395
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $450
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $535
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $415
(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

Monday, September 7 (Please note this week is different with a Monday arrval compared to our normal weeks)
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.)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - September 8-11
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

Friday, September 11
NOON Farewell Champagne Toast (included in package)

Saturday, September 12
Depart - check-out time is 10:00

Optional Events - Sign Up Required / Subject to Change:
    Tuesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)
    Tuesday 7:00 p.m. S'more Roast (no charge)

    Wednesday 8:00 a.m. Yoga
    Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner (Depart from Lodge Lobby)

    Thursday Noon & 4:00 p.m. Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
    Thursday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
    Thursday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

    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’s for $45 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.