Mr. Irving Shapiro AWS (1927-1994) commanded respect with his elegant, gracious style. We both were fortunate to learn from and work for this remarkable man. Our experience came to only a few and we are grateful to have had him as inspiration, mentor and friend.
Inter-Relationships of Drawing & Painting by Irving Shapiro – DVD
The Creative Crafts television series, produced between 1973 and 1991 hosted an interview of Mr. Shapiro in 1980, with two 27 minute demonstrations. While a lucky find turned up the videos on www.ebay.com, they are also available at www.artvideo.com. Check them out and gain some insight into this influential 20th-century artist and teacher.
The concentration of this workshop was on large patterns of value and color also taking note of the temperature and textures of the scene. All of the paintings were done with no drawing on the paper. I wanted them to concentrate on the values first and the colors and temperatures While they created the patterns of light and dark. This allowed them to have an emphasis on the handling of the watercolor, how it flowed, how it dried and the patterns which come from not only a wet on wet handling but, wet and dry paper.
I suggested some of my favorite supplies and books at the workshop. I like let my students experience new and different materials -- they are so expensive and I feel it's my responsibility as an art teacher to share. I let my students take the cat's tongue brushes for a test-drive, try the Indigo paper, and QoR paints. Here are my go-to materials and books:
It wasn't all work. On the third day Karen, who lives in Fish Creek invited the group for some wine, snacks and local artisan cheeses. Karen and her husband Joe have a beautiful, inviting home. They have a lovely piece of property and Karen has quite a green thumb! It was great getting to know everyone, their friends and husbands.
While I was working my wonderful wife, Marilee traveled from one small town to another stopping in at antique shops, art galleries and looking for the perfect cup of Door County coffee which are abundant throughout the peninsula. One of my students, Karen gave Marilee a list of places to visit and where to find the perfect cherry pie. Below is some of her iPhone album of her travels. Click on the image and view each business web site.
Marilee went on a hiking trip at The Clearing, Jens Jensen’s Sanctuary. The Clearing is located at the far northern point of Door County and is a folk school which means there are no grades just the pleasure of learning. Needless to say, she had a great time!
This man's resume is quite impressive:
• Chicago Parks including superintendent of the 200 acre Humboldt Park in 1895. His design work for the city can be seen at Lincoln Park, Douglas Park, and Columbus Park.
• Jensen played a role in building support for the preservation of part of the Indiana Dunes sand dune ecosystem.
• His designs have a deep connection to the Midwestern landscape. To read more about this amazing man Click Here.
THE CLEARINGS MISSION STATEMENT
The Mission of The Clearing is to provide diverse educational experiences in the folk school tradition, in a setting of quiet forests, meadows and water. The Clearing is a place where adults who share an interest in nature, arts or humanities can learn, reflect and wonder.
This is in keeping with the goals of Jens Jensen, founder of The Clearing, who loved it as a special place where one could feel kinship with the earth and reassess one’s life.
In the evening after the workshop, we visited a different restaurant each evening. Wild Tomato featuring a fire-roasted pizza with the best Wisconsin mozzarella cheese, and the Lure served up an amazing perch fish fry and Door County cherry cobbler. Along with fabulous sites of Door County, we experienced one of the best shows of a sunset over the bay at where else Sunset Beach.
I also want to mention the staff at the Peninsula School of Art was very accommodating and wonderfully kind people. Thank you again, Elysia Michaelsen, Director of Education and Tori Daubner, Registrar.
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The Northwoods of Wisconsin is a painter’s paradise. Explore the beauty of nature as you conquer the medium of transparent watercolor and gain a deeper understanding of its unique properties, techniques, and tools.
Step-by-step instruction will lead you through the creation of a series of paintings. How to block in a painting, interpret color, value, and temperatures, use different watercolor-specific processes, and create sound compositions will be emphasized. Dale will provide individualized feedback throughout each exercise and painting. Photo references of various types of landscapes will be supplied by the instructor.
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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. As you will see the works selected in his portfolio represent the breath of his holistic approach to painting. You can also learn along with this talented and experienced teacher through his workshops, Palette & Chisel, Mainstreet Art Center i Lake Zurich, IL, Elmhurst Art Museum, Towering Winds Academy of Fine Arts an online art school, and Popovich Studio classes.