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Wet on Wet: The Basics with Lisa Goren

September 29 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Thursday, September 29, 10am-3pm

1 session | $150 for members, $160 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 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 lots of wet paint along with 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.


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 captions: Howte Rocks, Ireland, 2022, watercolor on clayboard, 30 x 30 x 1.5 inches