Classes & Workshops


August 2022 Classes:

Painting Birds with Watercolor with Joe Grice
In this 3 day workshop, we will be learning how to paint realistic and lifelike birds. We will go over the fundamentals of watercolor painting, with a strong focus on drawing. This workshop will cover color theory, composition, the different ways to use watercolor, and give you the skills to begin confidently painting birds (and other wildlife) using watercolor paint. We will begin using quick sketches to create gesture and movement, and will be utilizing thumbnails, studies, and practice paintings in order to problem solve. Students are encouraged to bring in their own bird references and photographs to create their own original bird painting. This workshop is great for artists of all levels! Beginners will learn the steps on how to start painting birds independently, intermediate artists will learn to further advance their watercolor technique and painting skills, and advanced artists will learn techniques to challenge and develop their painting practice.

Joseph Grice is a wildlife illustrator currently working in Jamestown, NY. He earned his BFA from SUNY Fredonia in 2010, and has taught art at Infinity Visual & Performing Arts in Jamestown, and at Holt School of Fine Art in Charlotte, NC. He began painting watercolor birds as his primary subject matter in 2016, a tribute to his childhood where he grew up watching birds and spending time studying Roger Tory Peterson Field Guide books.

He has since further developed his bird series and his appreciation for all wildlife. After relocating back to Jamestown in 2019, he developed his use of other media to include oil, gouache, and digital painting. His current work pushes his techniques and explores light and dark, limited color palettes, and movement. The common theme of this work is focused on nature and wildlife.

Location: Roger’s Art Studio at RTPI
Dates: August 14, 21, and 28
Times: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Cost: $110 per student for all three classes
Maximum 10 students

Students should bring:
Watercolor paint (pan set or tube paints are fine) (winsor & newton, M. Graham, Davinci, Koi, Prang works as well)
Minimum colors needed if buying tube paints: Red, Yellow, Blue, Brown. Suggested colors to buy: ultramarine blue, cadmium red, cadmium yellow light, alizarin crimson, payne’s gray, and one brown (raw umber, burnt umber, vandyke brown, burnt sienna)
https://www.michaels.com/winsor-and-newton-cotman-watercolor-sketchers-pocket-box/D240485S.html
https://www.michaels.com/winsor-and-newton-cotman-watercolor-8ml/M10014658.html?dwvar_M10014658_color=Light%20Red
https://www.michaels.com/koi-water-colors-pocket-field-sketch-box/10518553.html
https://www.michaels.com/prang-watercolor-pan-set/M10179163.html?dwvar_M10179163_count=16

palette/paint tray:
https://www.michaels.com/6-well-plastic-palette-by-craft-smart/10348213.html
https://www.michaels.com/craft-smart-plastic-paint-well-palette-with-lid/10194225.html

watercolor paper pad, at least 9×12 size (strathmore/arches, Canson works as well)
https://www.michaels.com/strathmore-400-series-watercolor-pad-11×15/10014396.html
https://www.michaels.com/arches-cold-pressed-watercolor-pad/10338217.html

brushes (small round, med round, med flat, large flat)