IWS workshops 

September 23rd -25th, 2019

From Ordinary to Extraordinary 

$355 member | $405 non member

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Workshop Overview: In this workshop, Alexis Lavine will focus on painting the humble, ordinary subject. So often we feel like we have to find a dramatic, spectacular, exotic, picture-perfect subject … before we can begin to paint. But quite often a fascinating, surprising, poignant subject is right at our feet, or in a corner of our home, overlooked and forgotten. Let’s explore some modest subjects and see how we can turn them into extraordinary paintings – with the right combination of solid drawing, creative design, good painting technique, imagination, humor, and fun! Alexis will give you lots of ideas about identifying, selecting, and interpreting your subjects, while she presents informative and inspiring demo paintings. She will share a tremendous amount of information about technique, design, drawing, color theory, communication, and lots more. This workshop will be good for painters at all levels, and Alexis will work with you individually, as well as with the entire class, to help you on your own pathway.  Join Alexis, to discover a whole new avenue for your creative endeavors!

Alexis Lavine has devoted the last two decades to watercolor painting. Her award winning paintings have been included in numerous juried and gallery exhibitions, and they hang in private and corporate collections throughout the country, as well as overseas. Alexis divides her time between painting in her studio and painting outdoors on location. She has recently been designated as one of Watercolor Artist Magazine's "Ones to Watch."


Alexis is an enthusiastic art instructor, who teaches painting and drawing classes and workshops. She gives her students a sound background in technique and esthetics, encourages them to express their individuality through their art, and helps them to relax and enjoy their artistic pursuits. I’ve had the pleasure of attending one or her workshops and she is wonderful. Her classes are really interesting and we all came out with three finished paintings.


Alexis' watercolors are full of luminous color, rich shadows, and beautifully drawn shapes. With meticulous attention to composition, she crafts paintings that are descriptive and yet expressive, realistic and yet abstract. She lives and paints in central North Carolina, except during the winter, when she migrates to the Virgin Islands and paints lots of palm trees!


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