upcoming workshops

Joanna is available to teach workshops locally and nationally. She is also available as a guest juror/judge for exhibitions. Please e-mail her at joanna@joannabarnum.com if your organization or institution would like to host a workshop. Topics include fundamental portrait technique in watercolor, experimental and conceptual portrait technique in watercolor, plein air watercolor, and general fundamental watercolor approaches.

Joanna Barnum is a Harford County, Maryland based fine artist and illustrator working in watercolor. Her approach to watercolor embraces the fluidity and expressive potential of the medium while emphasizing careful observation of color, light, and form. As an instructor, she believes in fostering the unique voice of each student, teaching concepts and techniques that may be personalized to each individual’s interests and needs. She encourages students to banish fear and reticence with fluid media and to appreciate its unpredictable qualities. Joanna is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, and serves on the boards of the Baltimore Watercolor Society and the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association.

 

Watercolor Class at Chesapeake Fine Art Studio
Select mondays 1-4pm
Next Session: October 15, 22, 29, November 29 (4 Consecutive weeks)
Chesapeake Fine Art Studio
609 Thompson Creek Rd, Stevensville, MD
$160/4 classes, $125/3 classes, $95/2 classes, $55/1 class

The theme for demonstrations and optional assignments this session will focus on fundamental and experimental approaches to the portrait in watercolor. However, students are welcome to focus on independent work of any subject and style in water media with assistance and critique (plein air, animals, still life, abstract, illustration, etc). All levels welcome, beginner through advanced.

Students are encouraged to come prepared with personal reference materials for portraits or other subjects, depending on area of interest.

Beginners will be given personalized intro to watercolor exercises, so don't be shy!

E-mail joanna@joannabarnum.com if you have questions about suggested supplies, or need guidance on beginner materials.

  Early Spring, 2018

Early Spring, 2018


Watercolor Portraits: Fundamentals and Exploration at York Fine Arts
April 25 & 26, 2019
350 Grove Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
$280

Download the supply list.

Join Joanna Barnum, NWS, BWS for a two day exploration of the portrait in watercolor.

Learn a fundamental approach to the portrait by building layers of warm and cool washes over a preliminary drawing to create naturalistic skin tones and build the illusion of three dimensional form. Then, explore how to integrate personal experimentation and storytelling into the portrait, moving beyond simply painting directly from photo reference. Joanna will introduce her technique for splicing together multiple views using masking fluid, and other approaches to creating tension and balance between areas of realism and abstraction.

This workshop will include several step by step demonstrations and the opportunity to work on personally directed pieces with assistance and critique. Students will work from personal photo reference. Recommended for students with some watercolor experience.

  Aurelia, 2017

Aurelia, 2017


Watercolor Portraits: Fundamentals and Exploration at Art League of Ocean City
May 13-15, 2019
502 94th Street
Ocean City, MD 21842
$220 Members, $275 Non-Members

Join Joanna Barnum, NWS, BWS for a 3-day workshop exploration of the portrait in watercolor.

Learn a fundamental approach to the portrait by building layers of warm and cool washes over a preliminary drawing to create naturalistic skin tones and build the illusion of three dimensional form. Then, explore how to integrate personal experimentation and storytelling into the portrait, moving beyond simply painting directly from photo reference. Joanna will introduce her technique for splicing together multiple views using masking fluid, and other approaches to creating tension and balance between areas of realism and abstraction. This workshop will include several step by step demonstrations and the opportunity to work on personally directed pieces with assistance and critique. Students will work from personal photo reference. The workshop is recommended for students with some watercolor experience.

Please bring your lunch!

  Memento Mori, 2017

Memento Mori, 2017