John Salminen
Abstract Through Design

May 29 - Jun 3

4 Teaching Days


John’s workshop will focus on abstraction, encouraging representational painters to experiment with a different style and challenging experienced abstract painters to explore new possibilities in expressing their creative voices. It will include demonstrations, critiques and lots of individual help. Artists will be encouraged to expand upon their current levels of understanding and become more comfortable applying the principles and elements of design to their work.


John is a signature member of numerous prestigious art societies in the United States, including the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, Allied Artists of America and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America. He is a member of the Jiangsu Watercolor Institute and of the Australian Watercolor Institute.

John has won more than 245 awards in national and international exhibitions, including the top awards multiple times in AWS, NWS, TWSA and AA. He was honored to receive the Pakistan Achievement Award with gold medal, the Shanghai Zhoujiajiao International Biennial Award and the Thailand Ministry of Culture and the Arts Award. He has been an invited artist in 46 watercolor exhibitions in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Russia, Singapore, Mexico, Greece, Italy, Turkey, Canada, Belgium, England and Australia.

His work is included in collections around the world. John has served as juror/judge of 70 national and international exhibitions. His work has been featured in more than ninety national and international magazine articles and in 42 books on four continents.


If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $685
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $785
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $935
If 7-6 students attend class (all teaching days): $1,185
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $475
(There are 5 nights’ accommodations included in the “Room & One Dinner Fee” listed above.)


Monday, May 29

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.)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday – May 30, May 31, June 1, June 2

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, June 2

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

Saturday, June 3

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 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.