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. Her most popular topics are fundamental portrait technique in watercolor and experimental technique in watercolor, which may also be combined into one workshop depending on length. Single day and multi-day workshops are available.

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.


Check out my recent article created for Daniel Smith explaining how I painted the above portrait step by step.

Halloween Still Life in Watercolor, All Level workshop at The Art Rooms
October 12, 2019, 1-5pm
116 N. Washington Street
Havre De Grace, MD 21078
$75- Includes all materials

To Register, Please Call The Art Rooms at 410-939-6424 or send the store a Facebook direct message. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited! Our last two workshops here sold out.

Just in time for Halloween, join professional watercolor artist Joanna Barnum for a one day workshop painting a skull still life in watercolor. Students of all skill levels will be guided through strategies for drawing and painting in watercolor from direct observation. All materials and still life setups will be provided for use in class, and previous experience with watercolor is not required. Experienced watercolorists are welcome to bring their own preferred brushes from home.



Watercolor Portraits: Fundamentals and Exploration

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.

This is a multi-day workshop.

“Fundamentals” and “Exploration” portions may also be taught separately as single or multi-day workshops.

Contact me at joanna@joannabarnum.com or 410-428-3432 to book this workshop for your organization.