This class is geared toward those who have some basic experience with watercolor and the desire to paint portraits from photo references. It is the first in a series of portrait of classes.
This workshop will be 3 hrs/week; 10: 1:00 CT; for 5 weeks. Thursdays Nov 12, 19, Dec 3, 10, 17.
Each class will cover basic fundamentals so you can get more comfort and confidence.
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If you would prefer a future workshop be given over a weekend, let me know.
In person classes are on hold due to Covid. However I am giving ON-LINE Classes to small
groups. I have many classes to offer using free Zoom Software on your laptop or tablet or even on a phone.
See below for past classes I have held. To be notified or request an upcoming course, Please join my email list. Click here and complete the form for more information.
In addition to the courses I have been teaching (Beginning Drawing, Beginning Watercolor I & II, Portraits in Charcoal and Portraits in Watercolor), I plan to offer new courses listed below based on requests. If you are or have a group interested in taking any of my courses, contact me. We can work together to find a suitable time and location. Group courses require a minimum of 5 students. Each course would typically consist of one 2.5-3 hr session per week for 4-6 weeks.
For past classes: See below on this page.
Here are some photos of past Watercolor and Drawing classes.
My Teaching Philosophies
My philosophy in teaching Drawing is “Good Starts Makes Good Art”. To draw what you see, the first 15 seconds are essential to get the overall placement of main elements by making light gestural marks. When the major elements are loosely laid out, the drawing can be refined and developed. This approach is the same when drawing a landscape, a portrait, or the figure.
When teaching a Beginner’s Watercolor class my first goal is not to create art during these lessons. I feel the lessons must start with the fundamentals. First controlling the brush and then controlling the water and paints on the paper. This is much like; You must learn the scales, keys, and Twinkle Twinkle, before you can play Mozart. In addition to actual demonstrations I project slides and images to assist in my lessons. In every class I make time to provide one-on-one instruction to each student to help them build skills and confidence.
Learning the fundamentals are important to achieve the true beauty of watercolor and provide confidence to move on and attend other workshops and lessons. When students become comfortable controlling the medium they can create the art they are imagining!
2020 Sep 30. Free 2 hr. Photographing Art Workshop,
Hosted on-line with Zoom by the Duluth Art Institute;
An inevitable part of a career as an artist at any scale is professionally documenting your artwork. Professional photographs are important for project and exhibition proposals, grant applications, and marketing. In this workshop, instructor Bill Wise will demonstrate tips and tricks for successful documentation of your artwork using the DAI photography studio located in the Lincoln Park Building. This workshop will cover how to prepare your artwork to be photographed, including best practices with the lighting and backdrops available in the photo studio and positioning the camera using a tripod. Wise will demonstrate with a variety of cameras, including the DAI’s Nikon DSLR, and some cell phones. He’ll discuss the camera settings, taking the photo, some basic photo editing and processing, and more. The course will take place from 5:30-7:30; however, the Zoom meeting will open 5:00pm in order to provide time for those who have never used Zoom before to become familiar with the platform.
Watercolor Fundamentals: May-June 2020
(5 sessions), Thursdays 10-1pm ONLINE via Zoom
Build your watercolor skills with confidence through instruction, demonstrations and hands on experience possible with your computer device. Learn the fundamentals and properties of watercolor to achieve desired results. This class was catered to the beginning watercolorist and those looking to review the basics.
2020 Beginning Drawing – Face & Figure,
5 sessions Wednesdays 1-4 pm Feb. 12, 19, 26, Mar. 4, 11 2020. Duluth Art Institute
In this course you will learn observation and detail skills to accurately lay out and draw faces and figures on paper. This course will cover classic formulas for drawing the human figure and face through the instruction of gestural techniques, using observation and detail to get accurate drawings on the paper. We will focus on getting the features where they belong and building the likeness of many images. This class was open to all skill levels.
2019 Landscape Drawing and Intro to Watercolor:
2019 Oct 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21. Thursdays, 10-1pm at the DAI Lincoln building. This 5 day course will first review gestural and other techniques to get accurate drawings on the paper. We will draw images of outdoor subjects (buildings, landscapes, etc.) projected in the classroom. We will learn the classic technique of Sight-Size and review the basic rules of perspective as we progress to translating what you see outdoors onto the paper. Equipment and supplies used in the drawing portion of the course include newsprint, charcoal, and graphite pencils. We will then use ink pens, water-soluble pencils and watercolor to add color to the sketches. This course is useful for people wanting to draw while traveling or exploring your own backyard. (En plein air) It is open to all skill levels.
2019 Beginning Drawing – Landscape/Outdoor Sketching:
Aug 1, 8, 15 2019, at the Duluth Art Institute. This 3 day course will focus first on learning to draw. We will draw outdoor subjects (buildings streets etc.). We will start with several gestural techniques to get accurate drawings on the paper. We will learn the classic technique of Sight-Size and review the basic rules of perspective as we progress to translating what you see outdoors onto the paper. Equipment and supplies used in the course include sketching tablets, newsprint, charcoal and graphite sticks and pencils, This course is useful for people wanting to draw while traveling or exploring your own backyard. (En plein air) It is open to all skill levels.
2019 Portraits in Watercolor:
2019 March 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr 4th. Thursdays, 10-1pm at the DAI Lincoln building in the West end. This is not a course on drawing portraits. (See class “Drawing portraits in charcoal”) This class is geared toward applying basic watercolor techniques to improve your skills in painting a portrait. Focus will be on techniques of applying thin washes using various colors to attain a believable luminous flesh color. I will do demos everyday. Other techniques may include using charcoal drawings to hone the concept of layers and tips/tricks for confidently getting a portrait on paper even if you do not consider yourself a portrait artist. (see my Page on Tips and Tricks on how to get a image on paper) This is not a VERY beginner watercolor class. If you have a love of portraits, painted with watercolor, know about basic washes, and have paints and brushes, you will do fine!
2017 Watercolor Fundamentals I:
Oct 18 – Nov 15 2017, (5 weeks), Duluth Art Institute, Duluth MN. Lincoln Building.
Build your watercolor skills with confidence through instruction, demonstrations and hands on experience. Learn the fundamentals and properties of this medium to achieve desired results.This class is catered to the beginning watercolorist and those looking to review the basics.Here is much more information and a supply list.
Duluth Art Inst, Lincoln Bld West Duluth MN. Feb 8, 15, 22 Mar 1, 8, 2017, 5 weeks, Wed 6 – 8:30 PM.
Start with learning to draw a generic human face, then progress to identifying differences which makes each face unique. Through instruction, demonstration and hands on experience, students learn classic formulas and methods to start drawings. Projected images and student’s own photo references are used as subject matter. Supplies will be provided the first night with information to aid in choosing supplies for the remainder of classes.
2016 Watercolor Fundamentals II:
Oct 5,12,19, 26, Nov 2, 2016 (5 weeks), Wed 6 – 8:30 PM. Duluth Art Institute, Duluth MN. Lincoln Building. Continue to build your watercolor skills with confidence through instruction, demonstrations and hands on experience. Instructor Bill Wise reviews the fundamentals and properties of this medium prior to delving into more advanced techniques. One on one and group instruction will assist students to overcome challenges they may be experiencing with watercolor.
2016 Beginning Drawing:
Sep 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, (5 weeks), Thur 6 – 8:30 PM. Duluth Art Institute, Duluth MN. Depot Building. Same description as June 2016.
2016 Beginning Drawing:
2016 Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (5 weeks), Wed 6 – 8:30 PM. Pineapple Arts Center, Duluth MN.
Beginning Drawing: A Good Start Makes Good Art: (Mar-Apr 2016)
(6 weeks), Pineapple Arts, Duluth MN. The focus of this lesson will be to create an accurate foundation for which to finish a realistic drawing or painting.
2016 Watercolor Fundamentals I:
Feb 3 – Mar 9, (6 weeks), Duluth Art Institute, Duluth MN. Lincoln Building.
Build your watercolor skills with confidence through instruction, demonstrations and hands on experience. Instructor Bill Wise teaches the fundamentals and properties of this medium to help to get desired results.This class is catered to the beginning watercolorist and those looking to review the basics.
2015 Beginning Drawing: A Good Start Makes Good Art:
Aug 2015 (6 weeks), Pineapple Arts, Duluth MN. The focus of this lesson will be to create an accurate foundation for which to finish a realistic drawing or painting.
2015 Getting Back to Basics & Fundamentals of Drawing and Watercolor:
Apr 27-28 2015, 9-3p Two day workshop for Arrowhead Art Club, Carlton MN. First day focused on skills to “Draw what you see” Learning several techniques to quickly layout accurate drawings. Including perspective for landscape and predicting figures sizes in the drawings. Second day covering watercolor properties, washes, edge control, and flesh colors. Time available for painting with instructor assistance.