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Vol.6 - #5 Fall 2020
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Stan Kurth, NWS

Windowpane No.52  -  21 X 21 inches  -  Watercolor and Acrylic on Paper
Demo at Alabama Art Colony Workshop  -  Opelika Art Haus

Greetings  <<First Name>>,

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope you are doing well, staying safe and keeping your head up as we continue in these trying times. 

I recently had the pleasure of being the juror for the San Diego Watercolor Society Online November Monthly Member Show. It was fun but not easy because of the large number of excellent paintings submitted. You can see this online exhibit through November. Take a look here: 
https://www.sdws.org/galleryart.php?cat=6951 . It would be cool to read your comments on the show in general and maybe your thoughts on the awarded paintings. 
 
Online Workshop 
Over the summer I created my first and so far only online workshop, which is all about sketching intuitively. It consists of pre recorded videos, text, downloads and a critique. Due to my apprehension of Zoom meetings I limited the workshop to 15 students. That seemed like a manageable number for a Zoom critique. And it was, the critique for the first workshop in September went well, lasting over two and a half hours. The repeat of the workshop in October also filled quickly and the critique was just as long. I've modified the workshop a bit. The only difference is the critique is no longer via Zoom, so anyone can take the workshop anytime. Since Zoom is live I could only schedule the workshop for a certain date and limit enrollment to make the critique manageable. All the courses in the workshop are the same except now the critique will be a PDF file with my comments sent to every workshop participant who sends me a JPEG of their best piece from the workshop.  I'm happy to announce the "Intuitive Sketching" workshop is now open for enrollment. There are three free previews which allow you to get a good idea of what the workshop is about. To enroll for the entire workshop you will have to pay the $80 enrollment fee. Once enrolled, there is no deadline for completion. You can take as much time as you want. You can access the workshop whenever you want a refresher. All of the videos and files are yours to keep and you can download them. You can access the workshop herehttps://learn.watermediaworkshops.com.

Watch for a new online workshop in 2021.

 
Alabama Art Colony
Indeed, these are strange and crazy times we're living in, but we must make the best of what we're given. All of my workshops in 2020 since March have been canceled because of Covid. One of them, Alabama Art Colony which would have been at Children's Harbor, Lake Martin near Alexander City, was no exception. However, one  board member of Alabama Art Colony, Barbara Grimes, took it upon herself to get me a workshop at another venue in Alabama during the same time I was scheduled to do the Colony workshop. She secured a four day workshop at Art Haus in Opelika. More on Art Haus later. I was a bit nervous about the risks of covid but decided this workshop was something I needed to do. I'm glad I did and happy to report I'm feeling fine, but since I've been back Covid has ramped up all over the country and for the time being I'll stay put. 


While in Alabama I had the opportunity to make new friends, meet up with old and take in some sites. Another Alabama Art Colony board member, Laura Saucer, picked me up at the Montgomery Airport and I spent the night at her and her husband's place on Lake Martin. It was a fabulous three story house and I had the entire downstairs to myself, including a bedroom with a view overlooking the lake. The next day on our way back to Montgomery to meet up with Barbara, Laura took me to some local areas of interest. First stop was the Red Hill Gallery which was about as eclectic a fine art gallery as I have ever seen. There were many excellent works by a diverse group of painters and sculptors. When we got back to Montgomery we had more time to burn before meeting Barbara so Laura took me to The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, which is part of the Equal Justice Initiative. The Equal Justice Initiative is actively engaged in a campaign to recognize the victims of lynching by collecting soil from lynching sites, erecting historical markers, and creating a national memorial that acknowledges the horrors of racial injustice. Let me just say this: I was overwhelmed by the memorial's strong and beautiful presence but saddened by the truth it spoke. I've included just a couple of the photos I took while visiting the memorial. Take a look at the website with this link and you'll get a deeper sense of its importance. https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/
 


 
Laura dropped me off at Barbara's and I had lunch with her and her husband before we headed off to Opelika Art Haus to set up for the workshop. Barbara and I spent the duration of the workshop nights in Opelika at the house of her best friend from childhood. The workshop went well because of the wonderful students and their eagerness to learn. All of their work was superb. The social distancing measures taken were excellent. Everyone wore masks and temperatures were taken every morning. All of the tables were appropriately distanced in two separate classrooms.
 



 
Two students in the workshop, Teri Zaccaro and Kim Hughes, invited everyone to come to their studio one evening after class. Wow, what a fantastic studio, filled with many interesting ceramics, fabrics, glass and just about anything you can think of related to creating art. There was a bonus as well. Teri happens to be the wife of National Hot Rod Association drag racer Joe Zaccaro, renowned jet dragster engineer, driver and entrepreneur. HIs garage was next door to the studio and it was just as big but filled with what you might expect, dragsters and related things.
 







 
Another fun evening was a trip to Catie Radney's studio in Alexander City where I enjoyed a cigar and beer with some of her friends and others from the workshop.
 
Art Haus
The venue for the workshop was Art Haus. It was a perfect setting and I had the pleasure of meeting and visiting with co-founders, siblings J. Stern and Ginger Stern. I'm certain I'll be back to Art Haus. 

Completed in 2019, Opelika Art Haus is a non profit organization located in Opelika, Alabama that operates by partnering with local and regional artists to build art as a foundation for community. The Art Haus vision is to create working studio space, gallery exhibits and educational opportunities for those who love and appreciate the arts. Art Haus is a culmination of the desires of a community and the generous provisions of the Henry J. Stern Family Foundation. Located in downtown Opelika, Art Haus stands as a firmament to the people’s love of art. It is here where people can gather to master their strokes, peer from a different perspective, or help fill the minds of the next generation of artists. https://opelikaarthaus.com/

Intuitive Sketches

These intuitive sketches consist of ink, watercolor and gouache. They measure roughly 8 X 8 inches square on a 12 X 9 inch sheet in a Canson 140 lb Watercolor sketchbook, signed and dated right below the square. All of those posted here were available at the time this newsletter was sent. If you're interested in purchasing one please contact me by replying to this newsletter or email me here: stan.kurth@gmail.com. ($60 shipped anywhere in the continental U.S.) 
 
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Workshops


Freedom in Watermedia
The Freedom in Watermedia Workshop is designed to help all levels of students paint intuitively, starting without preconceived notions or outcome. There will be no preliminary planning or drawing. Process will dictate direction as students use a variety of techniques to implement elements and principles of design. Instruction will start with random mark making and color application, working transparent to opaque creating a library of design elements using a variety of mark making tools, watercolor, gesso and acrylic. There will be regular comments and evaluation of work in progress concerning relationships between elements and principles. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is work which is compositionally pleasing and aligned with the artist's personal aesthetic.
 

Mixed Media/Collage on Canvas
Participants in the Mix It Up on Canvas workshop will create mixed media/collage paintings on canvas using an intuitive process, starting with no preconceived notions or outcome. Process will dictate direction as students use a variety of techniques to implement elements and principles of design. Instruction will start with semi-arbitrary application of collage materials in combination with acrylic, gesso, acrylic mediums and assorted mark-making tools. There will be regular comments and evaluation of work in progress concerning relationships between elements and principles. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is work which is compositionally pleasing and aligned with the artist's personal aesthetic.


Watercolor, Gouache and Ink
This workshop is designed to help all levels of students paint intuitively, starting without preconceived notions or outcome. There will be no preliminary planning or drawing. Process will dictate direction as students use watercolor, ink and gouache to implement elements and principles of design. Instruction will start with random ink marks, then color using a mixture of watercolor, gouache and titanium white gouache to create a library of design elements. There will be regular comments and evaluation of work in progress concerning relationships between elements and principles. It is entirely possible finished work may be representational, but the goal is work which is compositionally pleasing and aligned with the artist's personal aesthetic.
 

Upcoming Workshops:

Intuitive Sketching with Ink, Watercolor and Gouache 
Online
Registration

Kanuga Watermedia Workshops - April 10-16, 2021
Intuitive Painting with Watercolor, Gouache and Ink
Kanuga Conference Center, North Carolina
Registration

Waterloo Watercolor Group - May 3-6, 2021
Intuitive Painting with Watercolor, Gouache and Ink
Austin, Texas
Registration

Fanciscan Life Process Center - September 16-18, 2021
Mixed Media/Collage on Canvas Workshop
11650 Downes Street, Lowell, MI 49331
Registration

Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society  -  October 18-22, 2021
Freedom in Watermedia
Buffalo, New York 
Registration

Northwest Watercolor Society - October 2022
Seattle, WA
Registration information will be available in 2021 at nwws.org 


If you or your group would like to sponsor a workshop in your area and would like more information about workshop costs, please reply to this newsletter or stan.kurth@gmail.com.

 



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