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 TBA
Chesapeake Fine Art Studio
609 Thompson Creek Rd, Stevensville, MD
$130/3 weeks  (one day registrations also permitted)

Next dates with Joanna at Chesapeake will be announced for later this Summer.

Students are encouraged to come prepared to focus on a personal project of any subject or approach in watercolor (such as portrait, animal, landscape, still life, abstract/experimental, illustrative, etc). Bring reference photos as needed, or work from life with still life objects or the plein air landscape. Students are also welcome to bring in finished work for critique and discussion about areas of improvement and personal direction. All levels welcome, intermediate through advanced students will receive personalized critique and assistance, while beginners will be introduced to fundamental concepts. Sign up for three weeks or drop in for individual days.  

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

  Tyke, 2017,  private commission

Tyke, 2017, private commission


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


Luminous Portraits & Simultaneous Realities at millsboro art league
[June 25-27, 2018, 9:30am-4:00pm each day] Postponed! new 2019 date TBA
203 Main Street
Millsboro, DE 19966
$175 members, $200 non-members

Note: This workshop has been postponed, new date is TBA for early 2019.

Join Joanna Barnum, NWS, BWS for a three 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 basic watercolor and drawing skills.

A limited number of host houses may be available to out of town artists wishing to travel to the DE shore for this multi-day workshop.

  Memento Mori, 2017

Memento Mori, 2017