Mary Beth Downs
Learning To Play With Texture & Design in Watercolor

May 30 - Jun 4

4 Teaching Days


Returning for the 3rd year in 2022

Mary Beth offers a fun approach for beginners or anyone else, and allows you to paint with confidence while forming a strong base for future workshops. Mary Beth is the instructor that will open the door to a wonderful journey in watercolors. You will learn about your paints, papers, and brushes, and how to use them effectively. Explore beyond the basics and Mary Beth will help you to design a successful painting. This workshop explores how adding texture and working with design can make your paintings come to life. There will be demonstrations, along with individual attention to guide students.


Mary Beth is an artist and art instructor who began studying fine art in 1975. She pursued her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree with a focus in painting and drawing at the University of Minnesota, Duluth and graduated with honors in 1994. For the past 27 years, she has taught five classes per week at her studio, The Art Cellar, in Duluth, Minnesota, gives presentations to local organizations, and conducts watercolor workshops. Her energy for continued education and creativity is contagious.

“I have the ability to teach art to students who think they are “unteachable.” My students, over the last 25 years, have advanced from stick figure drawings to having their work accepted in national shows. Some have been motivated to go back for their degree in art. My energy for continued education and creativity is contagious” – Mary Beth Downs

Affiliations: The Duluth Art Institute, Lake Superior Watercolor Society, Arrowhead Art Club.

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If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $470
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $530
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $615
If 7-6 students attend class (all teaching days): $760
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $470
(There are 5 nights’ accommodations included in the “Room & One Dinner Fee” listed above.)



MONDAY, May 30
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 – May 31-June 3
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 3
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 4
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 $40 per night for accommodations. Costs for box lunches and dinners are additional.