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 Iowa Watercolor Society Presents
Fall 2023 Workshops
Fresh and Exciting Colors

David R. Smith AWS, NWS

Join David on a Watercolor Journey, learning the most valuable watercolor concepts and techniques. These workshops will save you countless hours of trial & error by demonstrating approaches in an easily understood manner that will open new doors of discovery and creativity. Participants will be provided with reference photos, drawing guides, and step-by-step instruction through all stages of the painting process. These workshops are packed with demos and guided practice. Regardless of your level of experience, you’re almost guaranteed to leave with handsome works of art, and the skills, concepts, and confidence to take your paintings to a higher level. David will demonstrate a wide variety of techniques including “wet-on-wet,” “spattering,” “spraying,” and how to link shapes in a composition based on values, while also learning about edge quality of shapes, the importance of different consistencies of paint, and the different moisture qualities of paper – concepts and approaches that will keep your paintings fresh with exciting blends and textures, and keep you inspired and eager to explore your new watercolor capabilities long into the future.

Workshop No. 1: Wednesday, Sept. 20 – Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

   Day 1: Barn/Field                            Day 2: Rose                                  Day 3: Moon Lake 

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Workshop No. 2: Monday, Sept. 25 – Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2023, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Day 1: Church                             Day 2: River Reflection                    Day 3: Misty Lake 

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Workshop Information 

Workshop Registration - CLOSED


Venue: La Poste, 1219 Warford Street, Perry, IA  50220

Registration Period: May 1 through September 15, 2023.

The fee is $385 for members and $420 for non-members for the three-day workshop.

Lunch will be provided each day with registration.

Attendance in this workshop is limited to 20 participants. Registration priority is given to Iowa Watercolor Society members. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

Supply list(s) will be provided to each registrant before the workshop. David will provide reference photos, drawing guides, and step-by-step instruction through all stages of the painting process.

Cancellation Policy: August 21, 2023, is the last day to cancel a registration for a full refund.


About David R. Smith AWS, NWS 

David R. Smith began his artistic journey studying Chinese Brush Painting in the United States and China.  A decade later, he was introduced to Western style watercolor painting and was amazed at how enjoyable and forgiving it was compared to working on rice paper.  Ever since, he has been hooked on watercolor painting, and has become a popular artist and instructor nationally and internationally, as well as a sought-after juror.

David is the recipient of the Skyledge Award (the highest recognition awarded by the Transparent Watercolor Society of America), an award winner and signature member of the American Watercolor Society, signature member of the National Watercolor Society, and his work has earned him numerous “Best of Show” awards, signature memberships, showings in galleries and museums across the United States and abroad, and inclusion in publications including Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist, and multiple editions of SPLASH – The Best of Watercolor.

With over 25 years of experience as a public school teacher, he is skilled at breaking down complex concepts and skills into easily learned chunks and now enjoys helping workshop participants find success with watercolor.  As much as he loves to paint, he has found sharing his watercolor passion through instruction even more gratifying and he is most rewarded when he hears a frequent comment: “This is one of the best workshops I’ve ever taken.”

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Registration is CLOSED for the 2023 Fall Workshops.
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