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    • 25 Oct 2016
    • 10:00 AM
    • 28 Oct 2016
    • 4:30 PM
    • The Hawthorn Center, Columbia, MD
    • 0
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    Iain Stewart
    4-Day Workshop - Sketchbook to Studio: Interpreting the Urban and Rural Landscapes: 
    October 25-28, 2016
    Restricted Registration - will open Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 10 am.

    The Baltimore Watercolor Society is excited to feature watercolor landscape artist, Iain Stewart, NWS, in a four-day watercolor workshop where he will introduce BWS watercolorists to his approach to interpreting the urban and rural landscapes.  The workshop will begin Tuesday, October 25, 2016 and continue through Friday, October 28, 2016 at the Hawthorn Center in Columbia, MD.  


    Explore the medium of watercolor in a relaxing and creative environment. Award winning watercolorist, Iain Stewart’s, sole focus will be bringing your creativity to light and aiding you in dispelling the myths of the difficulties of painting in this wonderful medium. Given the right encouragement and understanding of the basic fundamentals, watercolor is a creative outlet unmatched in its ease of use, cost of materials, and pure enjoyment of artistic expression.

    Through demonstration, careful critique, and lessons learned over a long painting career Iain will help you understand how to prepare for and anticipate the challenges that painting in watercolor presents. By guiding you through his process which relies on simplification of subject through sketching, graphite value studies, and preliminary color studies Iain will demonstrate how to create a road map, that if followed, will greatly improve your painting. This workshop is intended to provide you with an understanding of how to paint in watercolor while avoiding common mistakes by creating a step by step road map that you can use for painting any subject.

    Students will follow Iain in a group demonstration. Painters of more experience can work from their own photographs with individual guidance. The class setting is very relaxed and accommodating to all.

    “It is my absolute joy to watch students make those tiny breakthroughs that begin to build confidence and leave a lasting desire to continue their exploration. Far too often the background exploration of a painting is left undone leaving the the “soul” of the image a mystery. It is my hope that by understanding and repeating my process you will find that your watercolors begin to follow a plan rather than a reaction to unanticipated results. Watercolor, if treated correctly, can be much easier than it’s reputation might suggest. I can think of no other form of expression that I delight in more than painting and it is my sincere wish to share that pleasure with others.”



    A supplies list and instructions for preparing for this workshop will be sent to those registering about one month in advance of the workshop.


    Iain Stewart is a watercolor artist and illustrator and a signature member of the National Watercolor Society. His work has received numerous awards in international competition, and he is a sought after juror and workshop instructor. He is also an architectural illustrator with an international clientele. Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama.

    • The price for the workshop is $450 for BWS members (Signature Artists and Associates) and $525 for non-BWS members.
    • The class size is limited to 20 people, and the workshop cannot be split with another person.

    Because of high demand for workshops and to better serve the entire BWS membership body, the BWS board features three RESTRICTED four-day workshops each year.  Members may register for only one RESTRICTED workshop each calendar year.   

    This workshop with Iain Stewart is a "restricted" workshop, meaning that if you register for this workshop you will not be able to also register for either the Joyce Hicks or Soon Warren workshops being held during 2016.

    (Note from Sabine Yeager: Although the BWS website will not prevent you from registering for multiple workshops, registrations are manually monitored, and you will be cancelled from any second or third workshop you register for. You are welcome to send me an email after registrations open on Jan 9 to request being added to the waiting list.  Priority will be given to members who have not attended another restricted workshop.)

    • BWS maintains a workshop waiting list for BWS members for workshops which are filled or restricted. When openings occur, BWS fills the openings from the waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis. (Priority is given to members who have not registered for any of the other restricted workshops during the year.)
    • BWS adds names to the waiting list according to the date and time the BWS Workshop Chair receives the email request.
    • You can join the waiting list if a workshop is filled.
    • You can also join the waiting list beginning on January 9 if you registered for one of the other restricted workshops but would like to attend an additional workshop if space is available. 
    • You can't join a waiting list before registration opens.
    • Email Sabine Yeager: yeagerv@comcast.net to join a workshop waiting list.
    • Paid registrants who cancel on or before September 30, 2016 will receive a full refund less a $25 cancellation fee if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. If the spot cannot be filled, the amount refundable is 80% of the workshop price.
    • Paid registrants who cancel after September 30, 2016 will receive a full refund less a $50 cancellation fee if the spot can be filled from the waiting list. If the spot cannot be filled, no refund will be given.
    • In the event of inclement weather, the workshop will still be held unless the Hawthorn Center is unable to open or the workshop artist is unable to travel.  If BWS cancels the workshop, then all paid registrants will receive a full pro-rata refund for those days that were cancelled.
    • Check this website for changes, updates and new information.
    • Questions and requests to be added to the waiting list can be directed to Sabine Yeager (BWS Workshop Chair) at yeagerv@comcast.net

    The Hawthorn Center is located in the community of Hickory Ridge in Columbia, Maryland:

    6175 Sunny Spring
    Columbia, MD 21044-5623
    Tel: (410) 730-7327


    Doors open at Hawthorn Center: 9:30 AM
    Workshop instruction begins: 10:00 AM
    One-hour break for lunch
    Workshop instruction ends: 4:30 PM
    Hawthorn Center closes and doors are locked promptly at 5:00 PM
    • 26 Oct 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Hawthorne Center, Columbia, MD
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    An Evening 


    Iain Stewart, AWS, NWS

    Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    7:00 – 9:00 pm 

    at the Hawthorne Center

    6175 Sunny Spring

    Columbia, MD 21044

    We are pleased to announce that Iain Stewart, an Alabama award winning water-colorist and illustrator, will be giving a special presentation for the Baltimore Watercolor Society on the evening of Wednesday, October 26, 2016 

    Iain will discuss his painting journey and process involving carefully planned steps that can be used for painting any subject. Iain will demonstrate painting techniques and answer questions from those attending. 

    Iain is a Signature member of both American and the National Watercolor Societies among others. His work has received top awards in international competition. In addition to working as a fine artist and workshop instructor, Iain is an architectural illustrator and he is a sought after juror and workshop instructor. He is also an architectural illustrator with an international clientele and an Adjunct Professor at Auburn University where he teaches Architecture in Watercolor. Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama.

    Registrations for this event are open now for BWS members and guests.

    • Date: October 25, 2016 (Wednesday), from 7:00 – 9:00 pm  (building opens at 6:30 pm)
    • Price: $20 for all BWS members (including associates) and $25 for guests; no refunds (except in the case of the event being cancelled for weather or other reason.)
    • Please pay online via PayPal if possible.  Otherwise, checks should be made out to Baltimore Watercolor Society and mailed to Sabine Yeager at the address below.
    • For online registration, visit www.bws.onefireplace.com and go to Public Events.
    • Participants will be limited to 60 people. 
    • The program will take place at The Hawthorn Center in Hickory Ridge, Columbia, MD.  The address is: 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia, MD  21044.  
    • Confirmation of your registration will be sent upon receipt of your check or online sign-up.

    Program coordinator: 

    Sabine Yeager

    Mail checks to: 3420 Buttonwood Ct.

    Reisterstown, MD 21136

    Phone: 410-774-4212
    Email: yeagerv@comcast.net

    • 05 Nov 2016
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Rd. Ellicott City, MD 21043
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        How to prepare 
    to become
    a Signature Member
    of the BWS

    One Day Workshop 
    Sharon Green, BWS, PWCS
    Bob Coe, BWS

    Saturday, November 5th 2016

    from 10 AM to 2:00 PM

    We are pleased to have two very talented Artists give a lecture and critique for future Signature Members

    Both will lead us through all criteria that the Jurors follow in their selecting new Signature Members.

    Sharon Green

    Sharon Green has been working as an artist for more than twenty years.  As a signature member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and now as its Past-President, she has exhibited in galleries throughout the State of Maryland as well as national and international juried exhibitions.  She studied in Baltimore with Jim Condron at Towson University, Nancy Linden at School 33, and Polly Mitchell at The Mitchell School of Fine Arts.  Sharon participated in workshops conducted by the nationally known instructors like Frank Webb, Mark Mehaffey and Linda Baker.  Her paintings can be found in many fine corporate and private collections.

    Listed below are are some of Sharon Green's many exhibits:

    2016, 2012 – Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

    2014 – Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition, UMUC, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Award

    2012 – Baltimore Watercolor Society exhibit at Delaplaine Art Center, Frederick MD – First Prize

    2012 – Keystone National Juried Exhibition of Works on Paper, Mechanicsburg, PA

    2010 National Watercolor Society, San Pedro, CA

    2009, 2011 International Exhibition of Works on Paper, Philadelphia, PA

    2008, 2003, 2001 and 1997 Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Hoffberger Gallery

    2005 Columbia Art Center, “Bike” National Juried Exhibition

    1996 Mid-Atlantic Regional Juried Exhibition, North Light Art School Award, Johns Hopkins Turner Auditorium

    1996 – present Baltimore Watercolor Society:  Multiple exhibits and awards at various locations in Maryland

    Bob Coe

    For many years Bob has worked in the design field. At various times specializing in graphic design, illustration, and most recently, in web and web application user-experience design. Along with his design work, he has maintained an energetic schedule of painting watercolors and teaching painting.

    Bob started seriously working in watercolor in 1986. By 1989 he had been elected an artist member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and in 1990, he mounted his first solo show. His work has appeared in many group and solo shows since then.

    He has been teaching watercolor classes at the Columbia Art Center for many years. He also offers workshops and jurying for a variety of art organizations.

    Bob’s work encompasses a wide variety of subject matter, including portraits, animals, florals, and landscapes. Though the subject matter varies, he always approaches his work with the eye of a designer and craftsman. He chooses subjects that are meaningful to him, seeing each painting as an opportunity to grow in skill and self-expression, hoping that his painting will also connect with his audience. 

    Students will bring two matted and framed paintings to go through the jurying process. Please note that the pictures will be excluded from future jurying.


    Some paintings can be considered "high concept"and communicate bold ideas, reflection on the human condition or a particular world view, while others attempt to evoke a mood, capture a subtle feeling or tell a story. Is each painting successful in communicating the conceptual intent of the artist?


    Is the subject, the treatment, the composition , or the overall approach of the paintings fresh and original? 


    The Elements of Design

    Line, Shape, Color, Value, Texture, Space Form

    The Principles of Design

    Balance, Unity, Emphasis, Variety, Pattern, Proportion, Movement, Rhythm. Gradation


    Do the paintings demonstrate adequate mastery of technical components to accomplish the goals of the artist? ( Not all technical aspects equally important in any particular painting.) Some technical elements which could be considered include: 

    Paint applications and brushwork, Drawing, Linear and areal  perspective, Understanding of unique aspects of water media, Color mixing, Treatment of edges.


    Do all of the paintings submitted for consideration demonstrate a consistent style and quality? (All four paintings do not need to address the same subject matter.)


    Do the matting and framing of physical submissions (or the photographic quality and electronic file preparation of digital submissions) demonstrate professionalism and create a favorable presentation of the artwork? 

    Objective Versus Non-Objective Art Submissions:

    The same considerations of concept, composition and design, originality, technique, consistency and presentation apply to both objective and non- objective paintings. However, the relative weights and merits of each may differ, again depending on the goals of the artist, the style, the subject matter, the painting size and format, and other factors. 


    Please pack a lunch and beverage. Light refreshments will be available.


    From the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) take the exit onto I-70W and follow for 4.4 miles. Take exit 87B to merge onto US-29N towards MD-99. Turn right at Rogers Ave. At the traffic light, take the exit to stay straight on Rogers Ave. Turn left at High Ridge Rd. and the Howard Co. Center for the Arts is on the left.

    Member Registration Opens August 27th 2016

    Member Fee: 45.00

    Non-Member Registration Opens October 1st 2016 

    Not a Member? Consider signing up as an Associate

    Non-Member Fee: 50.00

    Registration Deadline:  October 29th unless the program is full prior to this date. 

    Cancellation: 75% refund if notified no later than October 29th 2016 

    Refunds for later cancellations are subject to availability of a substitute participant.

    Please direct questions to our Program Chair
    Sabine Yeager at yeagerv@comcast.net

    or by phone at 410-774-4212

Past events

22 Oct 2016 Sumi-e painting with Joan Lok
01 Oct 2016 October 2016 Signature Artist Jurying
24 Sep 2016 Negative Flower Painting with Stacy Lund Levy
02 Sep 2016 "The Value of Three" Exhibit at Howard County Arts Center Exhibit
06 Aug 2016 The Delaplaine Visual Arts Center Exhibit
18 Jun 2016 Northern Baltimore County Plein Air Event with Diane Gibson
08 Jun 2016 An Evening with Joyce Hicks
07 Jun 2016 Joyce Hicks 4-Day Landscape Painting Workshop
14 May 2016 Inspirational Color in the Landscape
11 May 2016 2016 BWS Annual Dinner
07 May 2016 Painting the Figure with the Rivulet and Lifting Technique
23 Apr 2016 The Art of Business
11 Apr 2016 Soon Young Warren 4-Day Still Life Workshop
08 Apr 2016 AWS show in NY bus trip
12 Mar 2016 March 2016 Signature Artist Jurying
03 Mar 2016 The Hoffberger Gallery Exhibit
20 Jan 2016 An Evening with Michael Holter
19 Jan 2016 Michael Holter 4-Day Portrait & Figure Workshop
10 Jan 2016 Glenview Mansion Art Gallery Exhibition
14 Nov 2015 Portraiture in Watercolor at HCAC with Joanna Barnum
29 Oct 2015 Exhibit at Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House - Register by Oct 22, 2015
20 Oct 2015 An Evening with Laurie Goldstein-Warren
19 Oct 2015 Laurie Goldstein-Warren 4-Day Workshop
17 Oct 2015 October 2015 Signature Artist Jurying
10 Oct 2015 Landscape Painting with Mark Hiles
19 Sep 2015 Plein Air Paintout in Baltimore Co with Fritz Briggs
05 Sep 2015 Plein Air Paintout in Northern Baltimore Co with Marshall Kinsley
26 Aug 2015 2015 "Hot Summer, Cool Watercolors" at The Galleries at Quiet Waters Park
03 Jun 2015 An Evening with Mark Mehaffey
02 Jun 2015 Mark Mehaffey 4-Day Workshop
09 May 2015 Plein Air Paintout in Ellicott City with Joyce Bell
06 May 2015 2015 BWS Annual Dinner
28 Apr 2015 An Evening with Ted Nuttall
27 Apr 2015 Ted Nuttall 4-Day Workshop
10 Apr 2015 AWS show in NY bus trip
28 Mar 2015 Luminous Portraits with Joanna Barnum-a Saturday one-day workshop
07 Mar 2015 March 7, 2015 Signature Artist Jurying
13 Nov 2014 BWS 2014 Workshop Instructor Survey
25 Oct 2014 October 2014 Signature Artist Jurying
26 Aug 2014 BWS 2014 Workshop Interest Survey
09 Aug 2014 Exhibit at Brookside Gardens
16 Jun 2014 Linda Baker Workshop - Week #2
15 Jun 2014 2014 Mid-Atlantic Regional Watercolor Exhibition
10 Jun 2014 Linda Baker Workshop - Week #1
14 May 2014 2014 BWS Annual Dinner
28 Apr 2014 Ocean City Art League
27 Apr 2014 The Gallery at Liriodendron
07 Apr 2014 AWS show in NY bus trip
27 Mar 2014 Stewart White Plein Air Workshop
25 Mar 2014 An Evening with Stewart White
08 Mar 2014 March 2014 Signature Artist Jurying
16 Nov 2013 Critique Day for Associate Members
14 Oct 2013 Nancy Barch Multimedia Workshop
12 Oct 2013 October 2013 Signature Artist Jurying
22 Sep 2013 Towson Art Collective Exhibition
29 Jun 2013 (Cancelled) FAQ about Art as a Business -a Saturday one-day workshop
10 Jun 2013 2013 Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition
15 May 2013 2013 BWS Annual Dinner
01 May 2013 BlackRock Center for the Arts Exhibit
12 Apr 2013 AWS show in NY bus trip
16 Mar 2013 Introduction to Sumi-e Painting with Joan Lok: a weekend BWS workshop
04 Mar 2013 Columbia Art Center Exhibit
02 Mar 2013 March 2013 Signature Artist Jurying
19 Jan 2013 Characteristics of Your Watercolor Paints--a Saturday one-day workshop
28 Oct 2012 Village of Friendship Heights
21 Oct 2012 October 2012 Signature Artist Jurying
29 Aug 2012 An Evening with Frank Webb
29 Aug 2012 2012 Mid-Atlantic Regional Exhibition
28 Aug 2012 Frank Webb Watercolor Workshop : "Watercolor Energies and Composition"
06 Jun 2012 2012 BWS Annual Dinner
19 May 2012 David Daniels Workshop
21 Apr 2012 Photograph and Edit Your Artwork with Nicholas Simmons
10 Apr 2012 AWS Show Bus Trip 2012
03 Mar 2012 March 2012 Signature Artist Jurying
11 Feb 2012 Drawing and Painting Hands & Feet
01 Feb 2012 Delaplaine art center
02 Dec 2011 WSSC 2011


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