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Lynda Mortensen
07-19-2000, 05:25 PM
Being a newbie in the US I have a question about painting workshops.

Back in England, art materials manufacturers sponsor painting workshops and give you a whole package of materials that is worth more than the cost of attending, or a substantial part of it - for instance Winsor & Newton might sponsor a full day workshop with a well-known artist for 70, and give all the participants 80 worth of paints, paper and/or brushes. Essentially, they pay you for attending! Another example that is being advertised at the moment is a Maimeri watercolour landscape and flowers workshop, with Linda Birch that runs for a whole weekend from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon. The cost of attending is 195, which includes full board at the hotel and tuition, and also includes 110 worth of materials (18 full size tubes of MaimeriBlu watercolour paint, a Spencer-Ford Palette and several sheets of Watercolour paper (sigh..)) - essentially then, all you really pay for is 85 for 2 nights and all meals in the hotel - which is very, very cheap by English standards!

My question is - are workshops like this held in the USA? and if so, where can I find out about them? I sadly never had the opportunity to attend one in the UK but have always wanted to as they seem such good value!

Best wishes, Lynda

[This message has been edited by Lynda Coles (edited July 19, 2000).]

07-20-2000, 05:14 AM
Lynda.... I have not had the opportunity to attend that many workshops. Those workshops that I have attended did not have such offerings, but sure wish they did! I would love it if a major art supplier were to offer to do that for any of my own workshops..!!
I think perhaps better known artists may indeed be sponsored that way, but not sure where you could learn about them. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Carol

07-21-2000, 06:41 PM
One of the best sources out there for workshop listings is in the back of the Cheap Joe's catalog or at the back of some of the Watercolor magazines. You can get to Cheap Joes via www.cheapjoes.com. (http://www.cheapjoes.com.)

07-21-2000, 10:40 PM
"American Artist" magazine publishes an issue
each year in the spring listing a comprehensive list of workshops both in the US
and Internationally. If I can I will look up the month and post it for you.
"Bring your paints and your credit card!"

Welcome to the Good OL' U.S.A.!!!

07-23-2000, 11:46 AM
Shawguides, inc. is the most comprehensive site to find workshops and instuction I have ever seen! They, also, have links to a variety of artist's sites. I will attempt to copy & paste the link: http://www.shawguides.com/

Hope you have a free afternoon! This is an adventure to explore.

Have fun.
Billie D

Lynda Mortensen
07-23-2000, 01:56 PM
Thankyou, I will certainly have a look at all those websites. I bought my first American art magazine the other day - Watercolor Magic - but I have to say that I was a bit disappointed - not much content for that many dollars! It's only quarterly as well - can any of you recommend any better mags? I work entirely in watercolour, so it must have lots of this medium featured!

Oh, and before you think that we Brits are all spoiled rotten with freebies - not all workshops over there offer these incentives - but if you're travelling to the UK, it might be worth trying to find out if there's any going on in your area.

We could write to Maimeri, Saunders Waterford, Caran d'ache and all the other companies that do this in the UK and say 'Hey, not fair, why don't you do this in America......'

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07-27-2000, 10:37 PM
Oh Lynda, what a dream of a workshop to receive incentives and "goodies" for attending. The only workshops I've attended not only do you pay for the privilege of attending you had to bring all your own supplies. I look at all the workshop ads in Artist Mag, American Artist, and Watercolor Magic dreaming of attending. Anything that isn't local has the added cost of transportation, lodging, meals, supplies on top of the $250 to $1000 to attend. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif

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07-27-2000, 10:48 PM
Hi Lynda,
'Watercolor' is put out by American Artist. It's also a quarterly, but has more content. Here's the toll-free phone number; 1-800-745-8922. Hope this helps. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif



Artworks by Gisela Towner (http://www.artistnation.com/members/paris/gisela)

Lynda Mortensen
07-28-2000, 07:45 PM
It's not fair is it? The same manufacturers sell their products in both the UK and USA - so why the difference re: free goodies in the workshops over here? Anyone from other countries (Rapolina in Italy? Rod?) have any info on whether they get free goodies or not?

It's not that I actually need the freebies, you understand - I have enough boxes of paints, brushes and paper to last me a lifetime - it's just that I love opening new, fresh stuff so much.... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

10-23-2000, 07:24 PM
Hi i live in the north of England and have never recieved any freebies for attending any art courses but, would love to. by the way is the Linda Birch mentioned from here? i live close by an artist of the same name, i wonder...


10-28-2000, 12:18 AM
The best printed workshop publications are the March 2001 issues of both American Artist & The Artist's Magazine.

Paintings by L. Diane Johnson (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com)
Workshops for 2001 (http://www.LDianeJohnson.com/workshops)