John Salminen
Watercolor: Realism Through Design

May 17 - May 22

4 Teaching Days


In this workshop, John will share his approach to painting the urban scene in watercolor. You will arrive at the workshop with a detailed drawing of a town or city scene on a full sheet of Arches watercolor paper. With that drawing as a starting point, John will help with all aspects of painting a representational urban landscape – adding mood and creating emotional content, lighting the scene for dramatic effect, using photo reference in a meaningful way and, most importantly, strengthening and enhancing representational painting through design. The workshop will include demos, critiques and lots of one-on-one individual help. Whether you’ve never tried painting cityscapes or you are an experienced urban painter, this workshop will be an invaluable opportunity to gain new painting insights.


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.

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If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $675
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $775
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $925
If 7-6 students attend class (all teaching days): $1,175
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $470
(There are 5 nights’ accommodations included in the “Room & One Dinner Fee” listed above.)



TUESDAY, May 17, 2022
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.)

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday – May 18-21
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

Saturday, May 21
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

SUNDAY, May 22
Depart – check-out time is 10:00

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

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

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

Saturday 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.