Melinda Schnell
Watercolor: Enjoy the Journey

Sep 15 - Sep 19

3 Teaching Days


Returning for the 2nd year in 2022

Fall is the perfect time of year to put paint to paper, so much inspiration!  Mindy’s goal is to share important lessons that enable students to build a successful painting from concept to finish. Mornings will be reserved for demonstrations and afternoons will be spent painting, incorporating some of the techniques used in the morning lessons. Patience, practice and a sense of humor are required. Weather permitting, an afternoon of outdoor painting is an option.


“I’ve been a watercolorist for over 40 years, and the medium still holds a special fascination for me. Seeing water and color mixing together on the paper in unexpected ways is always exciting.
I studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio then later at The American Academy of Art in Chicago. It was at the Academy where my instructor, Irving Shapiro, inspired me to take up watercolors.

The list of artists I admire is too long to list, but everyone of the artists I’ve studied with has left a bit of their painting philosophy with me. I try to share the knowledge I’ve acquired from these accomplished artists with my watercolor students.

My work is generally representational but I find myself drawn to a more expressionistic style. Subject matter? The underwater paintings are great fun because they afford a lot of play with refracted light. Although I’m just as excited to undertake painting a landscape and I am very fond of painting people. The best advice I got was to enjoy the journey, and I plan to do just that.” — Melinda Schnell

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If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $295
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $320
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $360
If 7-6 students attend class (all teaching days): $430
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $390
(There are 4 nights’ accommodations included in the “Room & One Dinner Fee” listed above.)



THURSDAY, September 15
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.)

Friday, Saturday & Sunday – September 16-18
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

Sunday, September 18
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

Monday, September 19
Depart – check-out time is 10:00

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

Saturday 8:00 a.m. Yoga
Saturday Noon Pontoon Ride on White Sand Lake (no charge)
Saturday 5:00 p.m. Moondeer & Friends Gallery Tour (no charge)
Saturday 6:00 p.m. Dine-Around Dinner

Sunday 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.

2022 COVID Precautions

For the 2022 season, but all artists should be prepared to abide by the following measures while attending workshops, with the understanding that protocols may change.

  1. Participants must fill out a quick health questionnaire to make sure they do not exhibit any symptoms.
  2. Masks are required to be worn while in classrooms and shared spaces.
  3. Participants must also wash hands or use hand sanitizer at the beginning of each class and often during class sessions.
  4. Participants are required to stay 6 feet apart for social distancing protocols.

A floor plan per each of our three studios has been created to ensure that the artist tables and lecture area will allow people to socially distance themselves a minimum of 3 feet.  In lieu of crowding around the artist during demos, a desktop camera system and large format digital TV screens have been installed in each of the studios to allow students a close up view of demos.