Making Every Stroke Count: Watercolor Workshop

Nationally Known Artist: BilL Vrscak
From: Pittsburgh, PA
Dates: Wednesday, APril 10 - Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Members: $300 (Become a Member)

Non-members: $325

Emphasis in this workshop will be on helping students find the essential elements and qualities in the subject matter, and through demonstrations and group critiques show how to present these essentials in a simple, direct way. The object is to eliminate extraneous information and details, and simplify the subject. Students will be encouraged to look beyond the representational aspect of the subject to the dynamics of contrast, light, movement, space, etc; elements which help make paintings come alive. Students may work outdoors, weather permitting, or indoors from their own photos and sketches.

Level: Intermediate to Advanced watercolor painters. Beginners are welcome, but they should have some drawing experience and at least some experience with another medium.

All students must bring their own supplies and materials. Download a copy of Bill Vrscak’s Materials List.

To register

Contact Latrobe Art Center at 724-537-7011, click here to register online, or mail a check (with the name of the workshop on the memo line) to:

Latrobe Art Center

819 Ligonier Street

Latrobe, PA 15650

About Bill Vrscak

Bill Vrscak is a free-lance artist/illustrator and signature member of the American Watercolor Society. He is a realist painter whose work reflects a strong sense of freshness and simplicity, consistent with his attitude that "the simplest statements make the most impact".

A frequent national award winner, his work is widely published. Bill studied painting and design at the Ivy School of Art in Pittsburgh. After 18 years in the advertising business he went his own way to paint and teach. Besides doing illustration and commission work, he currently teaches workshops and seminars throughout the United States as well as Canada.


Figurative Design - Character Development: An Intuitive Approach to Faces & Figures

Nationally Known Artist: Jeannie McGuire
From: Pittsburgh, PA
Dates: Thursday, october 24 - Saturday, October 26, 2019
Time: TBD

Members: TBD (Become a Member)

Non-members: TBD

Medium: Watercolor on Paper
Level: Advanced Beginner - Advanced

Workshops with Jeannie McGuire will encourage and challenge artists to communicate a story or feeling in their paintings to create strong figurative works of art. Through demonstrations, candid conversation and individual time Jeannie shares her painting style and thoughts as well as the versatility of watercolor when employing a higher ratio of pigment to water. Referencing a variety of photographs and snap shots her workshops focus on; absorbing the viewer by developing emotion and movement; intertwining figurative subjects with their background; seeing natural design in reference materials; exploring the impact of cropping and the placement of contrast; and most importantly a purpose for creating art in your unique style. Jeannie hopes to inspire individual expression and encourage students to go beyond their current work level and aspire to create exhibition quality works.

To register

Details TBD

About Jeannie McGuire

Jeannie McGuire, a Pittsburgh-based artist, strives to invoke individual interpretation through her artwork, which impressively utilizes a free application of paint and stylistic forms of expression.  Situations and human character are communicated in such works as "Kenneth," the American Watercolor Society's 144th Gold Medal of Honor selection.  McGuire uses her own photography, acquired snapshots and life drawings to spark her creativity.  Her work has been described as a brilliant combination of emotion, movement, natural design, and sheer artistry that has been expanded upon from her days as a commercial graphic designer and photographer.  Impressionistic in nature with an identifiable subject, her strong, figurative approaches are unique in more ways than one.  As is the case, her works have been displayed and awarded on an International level including invitational exhibitions in the USA, China, France and Italy and a feature exhibition in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene Oregon, as well as represented in numerous art magazines.  McGuire further dedicates herself to her craft by instructing figurative design watercolor workshops in an effort to encourage fellow artists.  Professional organizations include the American Watercolor Society, Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and various small groups of collaborative artists.

Nationally Known Artist Workshops

Twice a year, Latrobe Art Center invites a Nationally Known Artist to travel to Latrobe for a three to five day workshop to teach a variety of techniques to local artists and art enthusiasts. Anywhere from 10 to 20 students fill the gallery for these workshops. Artists attending the workshops have traveled from Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia. In addition, four students from Greater Latrobe Senior High School are chosen to attend the workshop under a generous scholarship.

Each year Latrobe Art Center strives to provide exciting and stimulating workshops taught by nationally known artists from across the United States. In the past we have hosted Frank Francese of Colorado, Janet Rogers of Florida, Margaret M. Martin of New York, Fred Graff of Ohio, Don Andrews, Jean Uhl Spicer, and Joyce Werwie Perry all of Pittsburgh, and many more! Latrobe Art Center is honored to have such prestigious artists share their wealth of information and experience with our local artists.

Please consider broadening your creative talents by attending one of our future workshops.