Springmaid Watermedia

For more than three decades, Springmaid Watermedia has been offering its popular watercolor and ​watermedia workshops at Springmaid Mountain.

The workshop program is structured for both students and professionals alike. Our instructors are renowned as teachers, jurists, authors and artists in the United States and abroad. Immerse yourself in this beautiful, unique environment with your favorite media and find the results you want: enhanced creativity, technique, and new friends.

See details of the various instructors' classes below. To register, please call 828-765-2353 or email [email protected] with the registration forms below.

September 9-14, 2018


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"Still Life from Photographs"
Ted Nuttall (All Levels)

Although primarily a figurative painter, Ted has always been enamored of the still life works of painters such as Paul Cezanne, Georgio Morandi, Richard Diebenkorn as well as those of contemporary artists like Jerald Silva and Gillian Peterson Krag.  Painters who bring insight and emotion beyond the ordinary to the subjects they paint. It has become an aspiration for Ted to bring to still life all of the elements present in his paintings of people, i.e., light, expression, color and composition and to share this with his students. As with his figurative paintings, he will discuss the benefits of photographic reference as well as how to edit, interpret and compose from a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. His lectures, daily demonstrations and one on one instruction will help you find new enthusiasm for your work.

“I continue to re-discover that all the principles and objectives I find so important (and enjoyable) in my portrait and figure painting process hold true for my approach to still life. I believe overlooking one or more of these essentials in any painting can make a work ordinary and the process of painting it less challenging and therefore less enjoyable.” - Ted Nuttall

September 16-21, 2018

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"Painting People from Photographs"

Ted Nuttall (Intermediate-Advanced)

Painting the figure or portrait is something many artists aspire to but often shy away from. Yet it is every bit as approachable as creating a still life or landscape. Ted’s workshop is designed to give you the tools, the confidence and the inspiration to enjoy painting people as well as show how working from photographs can be an effective and powerful approach to creating exciting figurative paintings in watercolor. Ted will discuss the benefits of photographic reference as well as how to edit, interpret and compose from a photo in order to give life and energy to the subject. His lectures, daily demonstrations, and one on one instruction will help you find new enthusiasm for your work.

“I don’t really think of my paintings as portraits; rather, I see them as representations of emotion and expression. Throughout my painting process I try to maintain an acute, intuitive awareness of what I need to see and capture to achieve this in my paintings.” - Ted Nuttall

Instructor Photo - Ted Nuttall.jpgTed Nuttall is a graduate of Colorado Institute of Art, Nuttall is a figurative watercolorist whose painting expression was born out of his observation of people, his experience and travels as a youth in a career Airforce family and a 25-year career in graphic design. He is a Signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Watercolor West and Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. He teaches workshops throughout the US and in Europe.  Nuttall’s art has won numerous national and regional awards in juried exhibitions and he has been published in North Light Books', Splash 8 and Splash 10, and his painting "Whispering Smith" appeared on the cover of Splash 12. He was a featured artist in the French publication Pratique Des Arts in 2013 and the featured cover artist for the February 2014 issue of Watercolor Artist magazine. www.tednuttall.com

October 7-12, 2018

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"Celebrating Your Creative Self" 
Mary Todd Beam (All Levels)

We invite you to tap into your creative inner voice as only Mary can help you do! Learn to use the tools of contemporary design. Art is a means of communicating, you will be using new forms of expression. The strata, grid, circles and more will become your new vocabulary for expressing yourself more fluently. Each day begins with a demo exploring color, line and texture. Through Mary’s everyday teachings and anecdotes, you will become more knowledgeable about the metaphors an meanings embedded in your work. The goal is to allow yourself to be the unique artist that only you are. With the use of Mary’s visual aids and charts, she will inspire you to follow the path of becoming a visual poet.

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