Dale Popovich

Jun 2 - Jun 7

4 Teaching Days


Are you ready to take your watercolor painting skills to the next level? Join us for an incredible 4-day workshop with Dale L. Popovich, and learn his unique step-by-step process for painting with transparent watercolors. Dale has years of experience hiking and studying the wonders of nature, and he captures their beauty in his stunning paintings. In this workshop, you’ll explore the serene waterways (in the Dillman’s Studio) of northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and learn how to recreate their beauty on paper. With Dale’s expert guidance, you’ll become a confident and skilled watercolor painter. Sign up now and get ready to unleash your creativity and take your painting skills to new heights!

Before the Workshop
Dale will send you an exclusive PDF workbook explicitly designed for this workshop via email. He suggests you print it out and store it in a ring binder. Some of his students then use protective sleeves to preserve the pages, while others upload it to their tablets. The workbook contains the following:

  • Reference photos for each demonstration from Dale’s personal library.
  • Dale’s pencil drawings for you to replicate before the workshop.
  • Value studies.
  • The paint colors required for each painting.
  • List of additional supplies needed.
  • Descriptions of the subjects.
  • Techniques that you will use for each demonstration.
  • The knowlege “You Will Walk Away With.”
  • A page in each section to take notes.
  • Recommended reading.
  • Additionally, Dale will call to answer any questions you may have before the workshop.

The Workshop
Dale’s workshop is a dynamic and engaging learning experience that allows students to watch him paint, recreate the painting, and ask the workshop with a newfound confidence in their painting skills.

Dale Will Show You
How to handle moving water in a relaxed, fluid way.How to naturally place the rocks along the border of the falls and rapids.

How to convincingly work the rocks into the water to create realistic turbulence in the river’s flow.

He will share his special techniques regarding convincingly anchoring the trees,
foliage, and sky with the water.

Understanding the many colors of water. You will investigate the many facets of the color blue. How to understand the temperatures of blue and better understand cross-mixing with other colors so you can best capture the moving water and color variations.

He will demonstrate how to confidently mix greens to create a beautiful blend of water and landscape.

Dale’s Objective
The objective of this workshop is to help each student complete six paintings and leave with an increased level of confidence, ability, and understanding of transparent watercolor. Regardless of your skill level, we have designed the course to cater to beginners (with some experience), intermediates, and advanced artists. You will be transported to Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and guided by Dale’s expertise to achieve new heights in your artwork. Experience the newfound passion and witness your art evolve into something truly remarkable.
Dale is confident that his teaching style is highly effective, and he encourages his students to bring their cameras to capture each step of the paint-along. He believes that sharing knowledge is the key to excellent learning, and he is committed to helping students achieve their full potential. Dale’s approach is grounded in the belief that the best way to learn is by doing, and he is confident that his students will leave


Dale L. Popovich IWS, an award-winning watercolorist and teacher, is renowned for his ability to capture the essence of the American landscape with the fluid stroke of a brush. More than 49 years ago, Dale lost 80% of his vision. He learned to rely on his mind’s eye to sustain himself. He underwent a nine-hour major brain surgery to remove a cyst on his optic nerve. Afterwards, he had to relearn how to walk, climb stairs, and write again. Despite the challenges, Dale persevered, and with his vision finally restored, he discovered that he could see more clearly than before efficiently filtering out the visual “noise” around him to focus on a subject’s essentials. Dale’s paintings began to reflect a certain purity of perception, and this “way of seeing” became the hallmark of his work.

Spending his childhood summers in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, Dale learned to love its colors, textures, denizens, and moods – and developed his holistic approach to watercolor. Today, his paintings celebrate these American landscapes and man’s humble efforts to tame them.

Dale received his training at The American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he was deeply inspired by past Director and President Irving Shapiro AWS, a great American twentieth-century watercolorist. Dale later taught at the same academy for 22 years, passing on his knowledge and passion to aspiring artists.

Dale is currently an esteemed faculty member at the Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago, an institution of great renown established in 1895. As the second oldest artist organization in the United States, the P & C has a longstanding tradition of excellence. Dale’s instructional services include weekly virtual studio classes via Zoom platform, as well as workshops and demonstrations across America.

He and his wife, Marilee, have also launched an online art school called ToweringWindsAcademyOfFin- eArts.teachable.com, which aims to share Dale’s knowledge and passion with a broader audience. One of his passions is to Teach People to Truly SeeTM.

Dale’s professional teaching career began in 1978, and he has since trained over 4500 students, many of whom have gone on to become accomplished artists.

Dale is a member of several organizations, including:
• The Illinois Watercolor Society (signature member)
• The Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago, IL • Indiana Heritage Arts in Nashville, IN
• Watercolor Society of Indiana in Indianapolis, IN
• Plein Air Painters Chicago, IL.

Dale, together with his wife Marilee and their Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Miss Poppy, reside in a charming log cabin situated in the Great Northwoods of Wisconsin. Dale is an accomplished artist and educator whose works have been widely featured in several collections across the nation. His exceptional artistic skills, coupled with his extensive teaching experience, have earned him a reputation as an expert in the field.



Sunday, June 2
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. $27 additional for day students.)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday – June 3-6

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, June 6
9:00 a.m. – Noon Class in Session
NOON Champagne Toast & Dessert (included in package)
Lunch On Own
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Class in Session

4:00 Class ends

Friday, June 7
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’s for $40 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.