Jeannie McGuire Workshop 2017 Spring Juror

March 27 – 31, 2017
Meet Jeannie McGuire. Ms. McGuire began her professional career with a degree in commercial graphic design and photography from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She spent 12 years with an international corporation, followed by a free lance graphic design business, portrait and figurative commissions, and co-founding a co-op art gallery. She now has time to do what she truly loves to do: create and compose paintings in a unique way.
McGuire’s work has been recognized with many awards including the American Watercolor Society’s 144th Gold Medal of Honor. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society and other select small groups.
Jeannie’s strong figurative works in the watercolor medium invoke individual interpretation, communicating a story or feeling. Her work is impressionistic in nature with an identifiable subject versus a traditional portrait.  Inspirations for her paintings come from her own photography, acquired snap shots, client and family photos and life drawings.
You can see more of her paintings, workshop schedule and exhibitions at
In Jeannie’s Figurative Design Watercolor Workshops she shares many aspects of her art through versatile projects and extended experimentation. As a student you are encouraged to be inspired by the instructor’s approach; to imagine the story, character and persona of the people in your reference photos; to find your own unique signature/style or improve upon your drawing and painting skills; discover the freedom of intuitive painting and go beyond illustration and create paintings worthy of exhibition.
Students will explore the interplay between the figurative subject(s) and their backgrounds, natural design in reference materials, cropping impact, pigment maintenance, using a higher ratio of pigment to water, intentional and spontaneous marks, use of titanium white, and the freedom to change one’s mind.
Each day begins with a demo pertaining to the day’s project such as; exploring eyes and faces in an unconventional way; focusing on a single figure with an obscure background; and intertwining a group of people with their background elements. Students receive plenty of personal attention and painting time.
Join us for Jeannie McGuire’s five-day workshop, two weeks before the convention. This earlier time will allow Ms. McGuire to jury the awards in time for printing of the WFWS Catalog.
Registration will open ON THE WSO Website on December 7th for active members, first come first served. If not full, we will open it to subscribers and WFWS on 1/7/17. There will be high demand for this workshop, so register early!
Cost will be $390 for members (active & subscribers) , $450 for non-members.
No refunds after February 25th, 2017.
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