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Portrait in Watercolor

In every lesson, we finish one watercolor portrait, step-by-step. Understanding the strategy of project planning and construction
will allow to autonomously create lively watercolor portraits on the
basis of the knowledge obtained during the course.

Instructor: Michael Solovyev
Fine Art Painters
For Stage(s): Aspiring, Emerging, Accomplished, Professional, Master
Medium: Watercolor

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Starts on Monday, March 27, 2023
Mar. 27 | Mar. 28 | Mar. 29 
3 sessions, 3 hrs each, daily
8am – 11am MDT


Note: Price in $USD

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Course Description

Creation of lively and dynamic portraits using the core potential of watercolor: its transparency, lightness, and spontaneity. Strategy of project construction and advanced learning of watercolor techniques and their combination. Working wet on wet, dry brush technique, paint spraying technique. The basics of color mixing to convey skin shades and avanced work with lighting.

Supply List

The following Daniel Smith colors will be used:

  • Quinacridone Deep Gold
  • Quinacridone Sienna
  • Perylene Violet
  • Cobalt
  • Indigo
  • Alizarin Crimson
Instructor Bio

Michael is often called a “sunny watercolorist” – his airy, transparent artworks look as though they emit the sunlight. His traditional academic art education, extensive experience as a head theater stage designer, and oil painter career now inform his priority as a watercolor artist – light. His main belief is that sometimes even a pile of rubbish with beautiful lighting can become an artwork. Michael is a watercolor artist of great renown, with exhibitions and workshops all over the world, from Bolivia to France to Australia.

Michael sees his work as an artist as exploration and observation of the world and its presentation in such way the others can see the things he saw. He considers being an artist as one of the most interesting jobs in the world. Since theater is his background, it is all done through the prism of theatrical art.

First and foremost, Michael is a head theater stage designer, where he started his career and made more than 50 plays before his move to Canada. The idea of theater art is still with him – that is where his understanding of visual arts originates from. In theater, everything is different – the main part is the light and how subjects present in it, and not the subjects in themselves. He was responsible for light, sets, furniture, costumes, props, and makeup – all the visual aspects, from A to Z, that the audience can see when they go to the theater.

Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe