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Watercolor: Foundations and More with Lisa Goren

April 14 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

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Friday, April 14, 10am-3pm

1 session | $160 for members $175 for non-members*

Why are people afraid of watercolor?

This is a workshop to help you relax and learn to love the medium. Using a wet-on-wet approach, we’ll demolish the old tropes– yes, you can change things, no, “mud” does not have to be the usual result of color mixing, controlling the “uncontrollable” is possible, and more! 

We will focus on working with water, learning how to mix colors, understanding paper, and using the strengths (and weaknesses) of the medium to your advantage. Within the five hours (including a ½ hour for lunch), we’ll work with lots of wet paint while using many different surfaces and methods. 

This is a workshop that focuses on new techniques, learning to control the uncontrollable, and having a blast with this amazing medium. It is a great workshop for beginners as well as those who are looking to shake up their practice.

*materials included in the price of workshop. Artists are encouraged to bring their own brushes, though we will have some on hand. 


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).

Website: lisagorenpaintings.com, Instagram: @lisafgoren 

Images: Lisa Goren, Iceberg in Iceland, 2017, watercolor on paper, 22” x 30”, 2017