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GO BIG! With Lisa Goren

September 30 @ 10:00 am

Friday, September 30, 10am-3pm

1 session | $150 for members, $160 for non-members

Working LARGE in watercolor is a challenge.

How do you keep the paper flat? Where do you start? Waiting for paint to dry! What if you “mess up”?

Each student will bring their own project that they want to work on. I will be in touch with everyone before the workshop begins to make sure that you’re prepared. And each student will work on either a full sheet of paper (22” x 30”) or a full square (22” x 22”). (There will be an opportunity to purchase paper through the class if you don’t have any.)

Throughout the 5-hour workshop (with ½ hour for lunch), we’ll stop at points to go over specific strategies using lifting, advance planning with water and paint, and more.

You may not have a finished piece or you may have more than one. This is a workshop to help you GO BIG in watercolor.


Lisa Goren was born in California and raised in NYC, and yet she has dreamed of Polar landscapes since she was in her teens. Her first trip to Antarctica inspired her to capture this world. Travels to Iceland and Alaska followed. Her watercolors show an unfamiliar landscape in a new light by using vibrant colors and taking risks with different surfaces. They create questions about the nature of abstraction and our planet with her representations of unfamiliar, threatened terrains. 

Earning a place on the 2013 Arctic Circle Residency, she chronicled the journey in the New York Times. During the Pandemic, she has been working on smaller paintings of animals in “human” spaces as well as portraits of health care workers (chosen to be in The Best Art Created by Washington Post Readers During the Pandemic by Washington Post).

Image caption: Glacier in Motion, 2016, watercolor on paper, 50 x 55 inches