Do you want to learn how to create colorful, flowing, and intriguing art that practically “dances” off the paper and holds viewers’ interest? Well here’s your opportunity! Robbie Laird our Fall Convention Juror and internationally known artist will be our instructor for the 5-day workshop following the Fall Convention.

Robbie’s art depicts her interest in connections natural cycles, and transitions. Her art has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions and she has received numerous awards in National and International exhibitions.

Tidal Tangle – Robbie Laird

“Whether you love realism or are more excited by the intrigue of abstraction, here is an opportunity to learn ways to create paintings that are more expressive of your personal voice!” – Robbie Laird

Robbie Laird is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, Watercolor West, San Diego Watercolor Society, and a full-juried member of the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media. Robbie is affiliated with several other art associations nationwide and she is the past president of the San Diego Watercolor Society. Robbie’s had her art and articles published in many magazines and books and she has recorded workshop DVDs.

Robbie has an extensive background with art education and has been the Director of the Kanuga Watermedia Workshops held each spring in North Carolina. After completing her Masters degree in Art Education, Robbie became a Fine Arts curriculum consultant, giving workshops for teachers throughout California, the United States, and abroad.

Participants lucky enough to attend this workshop will learn how Robbie applies her innovative flowing and layering styles and techniques to create realistic and abstract works of art. Robbie strives to provide a thought provoking experience to viewers.

Ancient Twist in Time 1 – Robbie Laird

“My paintings provide a journey into the spirit of Natural connections.I want to entice the viewer to explore beyond a literal depiction to the rhythm and intimacy within a subject.” – Robbie Laird

In this workshop you will explore the underlying abstraction found in all of nature and, through the principles of design, create more personal paintings based on your choices.

Robbie will demonstrate and give assistance using a variety of exciting techniques. Layered paintings will be created with your choice of wet and dry layers of: acrylic paints and mediums, inks, and pigment sticks, as well as watercolor and gouache. You will select your own subject(s) of inspiration and Robbie will guide you through a series of exercises and studies that enable you to transition from a literal depiction to a uniquely personal painting with as much abstraction or realism as you chose.

You will begin with what inspires you in nature, follow a sequence of activities and directed steps, and discover the abstraction within your chosen subject. Discovering the Abstract Nature of Nature will enable you to capture its essence and feeling in your own personal way in your paintings.

Painters at all levels of accomplishment are encouraged to participate since the individual instruction given and adapted to each person’s needs. Realistic and Abstract interpretation will be equally encouraged.

The result of taking Robbie Laird’s 5-day workshop is a new and expanded way to use the abstract nature of nature in your own unique painting expression.

The workshop offers fun and adventure in painting. We hope you can join us!

Location: The workshop will be held at the wonderful Salvation Army Kroc Community Center, just North of downtown Salem at 1865 Bill Frey Dr. NE, Salem, OR 97301. We will have coffee, tea, water, and cookies available each day in our workshop room. No outside food or beverages are allowed at the Kroc Center, but there is a great deli, Sacred Grounds Café, within the Center and closely located to our workshop room where you can purchase lunch and snacks.

Kroc Center Deli – Fully stocked with healthy food and treats

Robbie is a very popular workshop instructor. She was named one of 20 Great Teachers of the last twenty years by American Artists’ Magazine, so we expect this workshop to fill up fast and there will likely be a waiting list due to the limitation of 25 participants.

Registration: Registration for the Robbie Laird’s 5-day workshop, Monday-Friday, Oct. 8-12, 9 am – 4 pm, is now open and limited to 25 participants. If more than 25 people submit their checks before the deadline date of August 1st, all the names of persons who have submitted will be placed in a drawing. The names will be randomly drawn and placed in the participant list in the order as drawn. The names beyond 25 will also be placed in the waiting list in order as drawn. If there are any cancellations the persons listed on the waiting list will be notified in the order as listed.

Current Active Members and Subscribers: Fill out the Registration Form and mail with a $375.00 check made out to WSO, and send to Jean Lea. A copy of the Registration Form can be found in the May 2018 Watermark. Jean Lea’s mailing address can be found in the 2018 Membership Roster.

If the workshop is not filled by August 1, 2018 by current Active and Subscriber Members, the registration will open to non-members. Non-members must also apply for Subscriber Membership and pay the $35 Subscriber fee in addition to the workshop fee ($410 total fee).

Workshop Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will be accepted prior to September 24th (14 full-days prior to the beginning of the workshop). Refunds for cancellations will be made after September 24th only if the workshop fills and a replacement participant is found. Exceptions may be made in the event of serious illness, accident, or death in the family. All refunds, less a $25 process fee will be mailed after the workshop. (See WSO Policy II.C.2 Workshops, a-d. WSO Membership Roster Handbook).