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 Iowa Watercolor Society Presents
2024 Fall Workshops
Capturing Light with Spontaneous Brushwork in Watercolor

Betty Carr, AISM (American Impressionist Society Master)

Join Betty in one or both of our 3-day watercolor workshops, learning the most valuable watercolor techniques to keep your brushwork loose and impressionistic. Betty’s favorite part of painting in watercolor is to use the brush with movement and action. Her approach is to start each painting with a big brush and strong movement, using the brush to paint, not to draw with like a pencil. These workshops will be filled with demonstrations on technique and guided instruction and are suitable for beginner to advanced students. Betty’s goal is for every student to have a good experience and to leave the workshop(s) with a lot of great techniques they will want to apply to their own original paintings.

Each workshop will begin with a floral subject. Workshop 1 will then move into a landscape study. Workshop 2 will move into a study of architecture. Betty will provide the reference photos and drawing guides/instructions for each workshop. Emphasis is placed on learning the techniques used to create impressionistic floral, landscape, and architecture watercolors.

Workshop No. 1, Floral/Landscape: Wednesday, Sept. 11 – Friday, Sept. 13, 2024, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Workshop No. 2, Floral/Architecture: Monday, Sept. 16 – Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2024, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

These images are representative of the watercolors Betty will teach (not the actual study pieces).

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


Workshop Registration Information

Registration Period: May 31 – Aug. 27, 2024.

The fee for each three-day workshop is $395 for members and $425 for nonmembers.

Lunch, catered by Hotel Pattee, 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. Betty will provide reference photos, drawing guides, and instruction through all stages of the painting process.

Cancellation Policy: August 12, 2024, is the last day to cancel a registration for a full refund.

About Betty Carr, AISM

Betty Carr is emerging as one of the foremost painters of the southwest. Her use of color, light and shade accentuate her subjects while showing her love of light on form (rather than form in light). Since gaining her MA from San Jose State University, CA, Betty has taught painting, drawing and sculpture at primary, secondary and college levels and has developed a following through both private and workshop instruction. She is collected both privately and corporately as well as being accepted in numerous juried exhibitions. Betty has recently been selected as a master painter in the American Impressionist Society (AISM). She is also a signature member of Arizona Plein Air Painters Association (APAP).

“What catches my eye is the effect light has on form in unique situations whether fleeting, spilling over, striking, etc. I challenge myself in capturing its dramatic and/or subtle effects. The spontaneous qualities of watercolor lends itself perfectly to my impressionistic style of painting. I strive for confident, enthusiastic, brushwork, the maximizing of color’s value and intensity range and a fresh painterly approach, the result appearing effortless.” ~ Betty

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