Dale L. Popovich
Waterfalls, Rivers & Rapids in Watercolor

Sep 18 - Sep 23

4 Teaching Days


Returning for the 4th year in 2022


In this 4 full-day workshop, the student will experience Dale L Popovich’s unique step-by-step instruction in transparent watercolor. Teaching as a paint-along will allow the student to watch, go back and recreate what was just painted. Dale also stresses to his students to ask as many questions as they wish while he is painting. Bring your camera because he lets you snap photos along the way. He feels sharing his knowledge in all forms is the key to excellent learning.

We will explore rivers, rapids, and waterfalls to understand the movement of the water on and around the rocks along the shorelines of the Northwoods. Dale will supply all photos.

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. Dale will share how to mix greens with confidence so you can create a beautiful marriage of water and landscape. He will also demystify aerial perspective, helping you understand how to create distance in paintings or depth and much more…

So get ready to be wet and wild, painting the rapids and waterfalls of Northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.



Dale L Popovich IWS is an award-winning watercolorist and teacher who is passionate about capturing the raw beauty of the American landscape with the fluid stroke of a brush. Talent and training aside, it’s Dale’s vision that best informs his work. By age 20, he lost 80% of his eyesight. Dale learned to rely on his mind’s eye to sustain him. After a nine-hour major brain surgery removing a cyst on his optic nerve, he had to learn how to walk and write again. With vision finally restored, he discovered he could see more clearly than before, efficiently filtering out the visual “noise” around him to focus on a subject’s essentials. His paintings began to reflect a certain purity of perception, and this “way of seeing” became the hallmark of his paintings.

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

Trained at The American Academy of Art in Chicago by past Director and President, Irving Shapiro AWS, Dale was deeply inspired by this great American twentieth-century watercolorist. Dale later taught for 22 years at the American Academy of Art.

Currently, Dale teaches at the prestigious Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. The Palette & Chisel is an association of representational artists, founded in Chicago in 1895. It is the second oldest artist organization in the United States. He has also taught at Mainstreet Art Center in Lake Zurich, IL, and the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL. Dale has workshops, demos, Zoom studio classes and teaches weekly classes in his studio. Also, Dale and his wife, Marilee launch an online art school, ToweringWindsAcademyOfFineArts.teachable.com. He wanted to share his knowledge with a broader audience. One of his passions is to Teach People to Truly See TM. Professionally teaching since 1978, Dale has trained over 3300 students – mentoring many who are now successful, accomplished artists.

He is a member of:
• Illinois Watercolor Society (signature member)
• The Palette & Chisel Academy of Fine Arts
• Indiana Heritage Arts
• Watercolor Society of Indiana
• Plein Air Painters Chicago

Dale, his wife, Marilee, and their Pembroke Corgi, Miss Poppy, own a log cabin in the Great Northwoods of Wisconsin. Devoted to both painting and teaching, Dale’s work hangs in collections around the country.


If 12 or more students attend class (all teaching days): $525
If 11-10 students attend class (all teaching days): $530
If 9-8 students attend class (all teaching days): $540
If 7-6 students attend class (all teaching days): $560
Room & One Dinner Fee plus tax: $470
(There are 5 nights’ accommodations included in the “Room & One Dinner Fee” listed above.)


Sunday, September 18
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.)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday – September 19-22
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, September 22
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

Friday, September 23
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 8:00 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.