Acadia Workshop Center

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Workshops run 5 days, M-F, unless noted otherwise.
Janet Rogers
Watercolor Impressions
July 30 - Aug. 3, 2018
Fresh flowers in the studio will be the inspiration for the beginning of this dynamic workshop – progressing to the portrait and figure.  Through a series of “fun” painting exercises, students will develop a more loose and natural approach – giving them an opportunity to be more spontaneous and expressive in their paintings. 
A few drawing exercises will be included for the portrait.  Many “features” will be covered!!  - including children’s portraits. We will work with photographs and progress to the model.  Some students may want to paint just portraits or just flowers, although the demonstrations and instruction are geared to beginning with flowers and ending with the portrait/figure.

Janet will demonstrate her intuitive approach throughout the workshop and work individually with each student, as well as class instruction.  “Show and Tell” sessions will be included so that students can see their progression as well as their fellow students.  This is always an invaluable tool.  Some of the goals for the workshop will be to discover new color and design, applying transparent flesh tones, finding the “life” in paintings, and for students to experience their own unique “connections” in watercolor.

Although this is primarily a studio workshop, if the opportunity presents itself, we can paint outside for flowers and perhaps some figure work.  There are easels and chairs and umbrellas for rent if we decide
to take the time to do this!

Janet is a nationally recognized and popular instructor, conducting workshops all over the United States and in Europe, and is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, Florida Watercolor Society and Member with Excellence in the South Caroloina Watercolor Society, winning many awards for her paintings.  She has demonstrated extensively also for various groups and exhibitions.  Three instructional DVDS have been filmed on Janet’s work.  Also she has been published in an article in American Artist Magazine featuring her portraits (July/August 2009 issue), and is in the book “The One Hour Watercolorist”.

“I love the qualities of watercolor – its fluid nature.  To me, the interaction of artist with the medium is like a dance – full of motion, feeling and expression.  I love to watch the painting develop and to discover new color and composition.”

As a teacher, I would like to enable students to find their connections with watercolor in a new and expressive way.”

Janet Rogers AWS

All levels - some experience required
Fee: $ 595

Artist website:

Pre-Register for this class HERE

Supply list - Anything in yellow is available for sale or use at AWC
Dear Students:  I look forward to our workshop.  Below is a SUGGESTED list of supplies.  PLEASE DO NOT FEEL YOU HAVE TO HAVE EVERYTHING!! Hopefully you already have supplies that are the same or  comparable.  Please call me for any questions - (386)441-4930 (cell:  386-451-8441) or E-Mail:  Website:

WATERCOLOR PAPERS:  I suggest  140lb Coldpressed (prefer Arches Bright White- rougher side for paintings..   It will be helpful to have extra watercolor paper (could be backs of old paintings, etc.) for painting exercises. (but Arches best even for exercises)  Of course, you will also need a board (I use Champion Art mate approx. 17” x 23” – but even foam board will do -  to support your painting – as I paint on an angle).  We do many paintings, so please bring enough watercolor paper (approx. 2 to 5 paintings per day – can be ½ sheets (I work on ½ sheets) or ¼ sheets if need be).

OTHER PAPERS:  drawing paper will be needed in any portrait or figure workshop.  (I will have extra with me)

PENCILS:  I suggest a #2B pencil for drawing on the watercolor paper, but really love the ebony pencils (or 6B) for drawing exercises (on sketch paper). 
A kneaded eraser and pencil sharpener will be handy.

PALETTE: I use various palettes, such as “Jones Palette”,  “Cheap Joe’s ”, , etc. – I also use a Jasper tray (plastic type butcher tray)  to make more “puddles”.  Palettes should have individual wells plus area for mixing (large flat areas).

OTHER STUFF:   Although, I will supply some fresh flowers, feel free to bring some favorites of yours also (for Flower Workshops). Hair dryer (we can share), large container for water (I use a bucket), paper towels (I suggest Bounty).  We will work from photos (& hopefully a short time with a model too) for the Portrait/figure workshop.  Please bring photos of people to work from (can be friends, family, someone who interests you or even from magazines – since this is for practice) ones with good lights and darks (shadow shapes).  Ideally shadow shapes should should be more than ½ of face.  (Please see my website for sample). I will also have some photos if you don’t have any you like.  Many students will be interested in painting children, which we will also cover. You may want to bring a “pre-drawn” drawing on wc paper for your portrait or  portrait/figures – but we will also do drawings in class – it just may be “reassuring” if you are new to painting or drawing people.  Also you may want to bring tracing paper to trace your own drawing again to have for practicing flesh tones.  Drawing aids will be available for new students ( I have some you can use) 

BRUSHES:  I like the following:  A ¾” “Flat” brush such as Loew-Cornell Series 7550 Wash, a “One Stroke" such as the ¾” or 1” Loew-Cornell Series 7100; "Round" such as Loew-Cornell Series 7700 size 26, and Loew-Cornell Series 7000 size 14; "Ultra Round", Loew-Cornell Series 7020 size 14; a small 1/2" flat (Loew-Cornell Series 7550 Wash) for making "puddles".  I use these brushes, but bring what you have.  In the workshop you may try mine to see if you like them before you buy them. 

WATERCOLOR PAINTS: Limited List of Watercolors (you can get by on these )
These colors are all mostly transparent and do well in mixing other colors.
This list is to help students who do not have access to all the colors I use  -
PLEASE NOTE:  there are six colors in bold…..these are the strongest recommended!! (two limited triads)

TRIAD #1 – Light to Mid Values
Aureolin (a transparent cool yellow) (Winsor-Newton)  *or Sour Lemon (AJ)
Permanent Rose (a cool pink – I use a lot – Am. Journey, or W/N)
Cobalt Blue (American Journey, or W/N or Holbein)

TRIAD #2 – Mid to Dark Values
Quinacridone Gold (a very intense transparent bright yellow gold) (Winsor-Newton or Daniel Smith)
Permanent Alizarin Crimson (a deep cool pink/red) – Holbein or W/N or D.Smith
Ultramarine Blue (AJ, W/N or Holbein)  - probably all same – please not French Ultramarine

OTHER HELPFUL COLORS:  (you do not HAVE TO HAVE – but nice)
Raw Sienna (a soft warm yellow-brown) (American Journey
Burnt Sienna (a transparent strong brown) (Winsor-Newton only)*
Cerulean Blue (W/N) or Sky Blue (American Journey)*
Prussian Blue (American Journey or other)
Janet’s Violet Rose (American Journey)
Skip’s Green (Am. Journey)
Sap Green
Mineral Violet (Holbein)
Arctic Ice

*recommended – will help much!


Most of the colors I use are listed on my website.

Shadow shape example