Lemonade from Lemons: When Good Things Happen to Bad Watercolors

Lemonade from Lemons: When Good Things Happen to Bad Watercolors

Saturday November 8, 2014 • 10 am – 2 pm

Instructor: Annie Shaver-Crandall

$50 Members/$65 Non-members

A workshop focusing on strategies for salvaging watercolors that turn out not quite as you intended. We’ll look at traditional correction and repair techniques, as well as gouache, watercolor pencils, and oil pastels as possible adjuncts to transparent watercolors.

Participants should bring in some pieces that they consider failures, as well as their watercolor paints, brushes and fresh paper. Prepare to release anxiety about this wonderful medium and its friends.

Annie Shaver-Crandell is an artist specializing in plein air landscape. Born and raised in Ohio, she now lives in New York City’s historic Noho neighborhood.  She sits on the Board of Directors of the Salmagundi Club of New York. For more info about Annie Shaver-Crandall please visit her website and blog.

For more info call 516-304-5797

Fast, Loose & Bold Painting Workshop w/Patti Mollica – Feb 13 & 14, 2016

Fast, Loose & Bold Painting Workshop w/Patti Mollica – Feb 13 & 14, 2016

Saturday, February 13 & Sunday, February 14, 2016

9:30 PM – 4:30PM

Learn How to Paint Fast, Loose and Bold

Through a series of targeted exercises you will learn to paint confidently, using brilliant color, gestural brushwork and starting from strong compositions. Whether you’re a beginner or an accomplished artist, you’ll learn:

• how to see limited values clearly
• how to mix colors so they stay clean and bright
• how to create a value sketch as a “roadmap” to a successful painting
• how to translate your design into exciting and endless color possibilities
• how to economize and let go of the unnecessary repetitive brushstrokes
• how to simplify – know what’s important detail- and what’s not
• how to start out with large shapes rather than smaller details
• how to work with bigger brushes for a more gestural quality
• how to hold your brush for a bolder application of paint
• how to paint small but necessary details with big brushes
• how to paint with fewer strokes for a bolder look
• how to work with thicker paint
• the importance of grays
• how to mix colorful grays
• and more

The most eye-catching, dramatic paintings are based on strong composition with simple, large shapes. Learn how to get your fundamentals in place, right from the start – to create dramatic, brilliant and confident paintings!

All levels and all media are welcome. A materials list will be provided. Painting demonstrations will be in acrylics or oils, but the fundamentals taught apply to all media.

Patti Mollica believes that truly great painting is not about the “subject matter,” but rather the way an artist communicates beauty, sensitivity and integrity in whatever is painted. Flowers, gardens and sunsets are no more worthy as painting subjects than a subway station full of weary commuters, or a closeup of an old rundown building with cascading fire escapes. She believes that a painter’s job is to show the viewer the inherant beauty of all subjects and scenes, most especially the ones that are not commonly thought of in an artistic light.

Although she is equally comfortable working in both oils and acrylics, she feels that the new developments in recent years to acrylics make them a perfect vehicle for infinite versatility and personal expression. This is explored and illustrated in depth in her book, “Modern Acrylics“. She has also recently authored “Color Theory” and “Getting Started in Acrylics“, available in art stores worldwide and online at Amazon.com.

For more about Patti, please visit her website: mollicastudio.com

$350 members/$380 non-members

Update: We had a wonderful time with Patti! Click here to see pictures on our Facebook page.  (You don’t need a Facebook account to see them.)

Colored Pencil & Ink On Canvas with Robert Kogge

Colored Pencil & Ink On Canvas with Robert Kogge

Saturday January 24 – Sunday January 25, 2015

10 am – 2 pm

$150 Members/$175 Non-Members

This unique technique, created by artist Robert Kogge, fuses painting and drawing. This workshop will present an alternate approach to traditional painting and drawing by joining the two disciplines into a single process.

Experiment with integrating media, beginning by drawing with graphite on canvas and continuing to develop an image with colored pencil and ink wash to create a composition of your own. The workshop will explore the significance of personalizing one’s use of materials and methods, finding a process to express your own aesthetic sensibilities.

Students can work from reference materials, photographs or still life, take subject matter directly from nature or do a version of something they’ve completed in a different medium. Individual attention will be provided to all.

Material list provided at registration.



Doug Dawson Workshops: September 19-22, 2013

Hosted by The Art Guild, nationally known artist and teacher, Doug Dawson will give two workshops at  Elderfields Preserve located at 200 Port Washington Blvd in Manhasset, NY.


Plein Air Landscape Painting on September 19, 20, 21
Capturing the Character: Head & Shoulders on September 22

BONUS Pastel Demo Painting a Character Study
Wednesday, September 18 7-9 PM, $20 per person
Free for students enrolled in workshops


The Power of Watercolor Workshop with Antonio Masi – Aug 5, 6, 7, 2016

The Power of Watercolor Workshop with Antonio Masi – Aug 5, 6, 7, 2016

The Power of Watercolor Workshop
with Antonio Masi
Aug 5, 6, 7, 2016, 10-4 pm

In this three day workshop with award-winning watercolorist Antonio Masi, artists will learn how to use untapped power of watercolor! The focus will be on how to approach this thin medium from a contemporary point of view, bold, powerful, emotional and delicate, not the traditional transparent way it is looked upon.

Mr. Masi  teaches though demonstrations and one-on-one with each student, so he can understand the student’s level as a starting point.

Students will work from photos; their own paintings, sketches, imagination and plein aire in Elderfields’ beautiful backyard.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of watercolor’s masters! 

A materials list will be provided.

About Antonio Masi: Mr. Masi, is President of the American Watercolor Society and has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine, PBS – Sunday Arts, NBC-TV Weekend Today in New York, and a Newsday feature in August 2008, “Bridgemaster.” In June 2009 he had a solo exhibition for The New York Centennial Commission of the Queensboro Bridge, a solo show in 2010 at The Forbes Gallery in New York City, The New York City Transit Museum in 2012, and The Salmagundi Club of New York. He is featured in the September 2014, The New York Times video, “Living City: A Tale of Two Bridges.”

For more about Antonio Masi visit his website.

Silkscreen Monotype with Water-Based Media – Stephanie Navon-Jacobson

Silkscreen Monotype with Water-Based Media – Stephanie Navon-Jacobson

The Silkscreen Monotype with Water-Based Media
July 8 & 9, 2017, 10 am – 3 pm

A Two Day Workshop

$150 Members/$180 Non-Members

Please register by June 30, to ensure that workshop will run.

Come discover this unique process that combines screen printing with drawing and painting techniques using water-based materials.  Non-toxic, versatile and simple to master. Draw or paint directly on the silkscreen to create unique prints and explore the layering possibilities for overprinting on drawings, prints and other media. 

Students will work from their own images using materials such as pastels, watercolor, gouache, watercolor pencils, watercolor crayons, graphite and other materials. Students will need to purchase a reusable silkscreen and a squeegee. No prior experience or skill necessary.

Materials list provided at registration.


Irises, silkscreen monoprint, Stephanie Navon-Jacobson

To register, you may pay securely with your credit card via PayPal or download this form and mail with your check.

About Stephanie Navon-Jacobson: 

As an artist, I am always observing the world around me. Whether floral, landscape, animal, or figure, abstract or realistic, my images always go back to nature. I am first and foremost a printmaker, although I work in other mediums, too. I am a printmaker who paints, rather than a painter who prints.

I was originally attracted to printmaking in college. I loved the studio community aspect as well as the various techniques. I like to experiment with various techniques. The possibilities seem endless. I also like the element of surprise each time you pull a print.

It is so satisfying to work with people who are new to printmaking or to teach experienced artists a new technique and watch their enthusiasm as they ‘get bit by the printmaking bug.’ Printmaking is such a versatile medium. It can stand alone or be incorporated with other mediums such as oil or watercolor. I encourage my students to add printmaking to their artistic arsenal and incorporate it with their other artistic endeavors.

Silkscreen Monotype