Watercolor Society of Alabama
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A day starts with a short presentation on the “topic of the day” determined by the level and interest of the class. It is not so much a lecture as it is a conversation. Richard encourages feedback and questions as he feels we learn form each other and everyone has something important to share. Richard will do at least one complete painting demonstration a day. He constantly explains what he is doing, and more importantly, why. Most demonstrations last about an hour and the students learn techniques, creative use of the “tools” of watercolor such as brush choice and manipulation, color mixing and water/pigment relationship. There is always strong emphasis on the elements and principals of design. After the demonstration the class will start on their own paintings. Richard offers individual advice as per subject selection, designing the image on the page and technique based on the unique style and goal of each student. In summary, a Richard Stephens workshop is informative, challenging and fun. It is not about competition or turning out a great painting during the workshop. It is about being exposed to a process of watercolor painting that has been successful for him and perhaps some of that process finding a voice with the students and their work. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE DETAILS
Huntsville Museum of Art
In this workshop, students learn basic techniques such as composition and
coloring, as well as Lian’s techniques including the “Color Pouring and
Blending.” Lian gives 4-6 short demonstrations each day with student practices
between that allow students to learn better. Also, there are critique sessions
when Lian helps students by touching up their paintings. Skill Level: Open
to all level students
Three-Day Workshop fee is $280 Museum members/$295 non-members. A confirmation letter and supply list will be sent upon receipt of workshop registration fee payment. Pre-registration is required. To register, call 256-535-4350 ext. 222 or download registration form from our website at
is limited to 18 students, so register online or call NOW. Registration
Deadline: August 2, 2012. This workshop is filled on a first-come,
first-served basis! Workshop will be held in the Museum Academy classrooms
at the Huntsville Museum of Art at Big Spring International Park.
Lian Quan Zhen was a physician in China until 1995 when he immigrated to the U.S. He received a B.A. from University of California/Berkeley in 1992 and a M.A. in Architecture from M.I.T. in 1996. He has had many one-man shows and has works in numerous institutional and private collections. Lian has been teaching Chinese and watercolor painting since 1994 across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and China. Watercolor 94 Spring, Splash 4, The Splendor of Light, Collectors, and Landscape in Watercolor have featured his work. His book, Chinese Painting Techniques for Exquisite Watercolors is currently in its third printing. Visit www.lianspainting.com.