Workshop reviews

“Paul's workshops are the most information-packed experiences an artist can engage in. Every painter receives full interactive attention from this dynamic duo! The sound, decisive instruction enables the painter to attain a greater understanding of the mechanics and confidence of their ability to apply the principles in all areas of art. By far the best bang for the buck in learning from a master! And his classes are so darned much fun!”

- Sandra B.

“Thanks for the great workshop!!!! We really appreciate all the time and energy you invested in sharing what you know of watercolor. Demo after demo. Telling, telling, telling. Watch that brush work! (But so hard to do, as I kept looking at the painting instead!) And, Marla, you were this calm presence in the midst of all this energy! Thanks for the centering!

"Personally, I came away with a greater understanding of how and why to build up layers of color and the richness that can be achieved by this method. You explained the value of 'POW!!!', the value of neutrals, and the value of all those value levels. Now, if I can just remember it all!”

-Aneita G.

I am so impressed with the excellent way you conducted the workshop.  I can't begin to make you understand how much I enjoyed  those three days.  Life had been pressing pretty hard on me and having three days to do something so satisfying without thought of the outside world was a gift.  
Paul, the spacing of the demos and the individual help was so well planned and effective.  Your non-threatening approach and the support materials make it a complete experience.  Marla, your sense of organization and attention to detail are critical to the success of what you are doing together.  Thank you for a lovely time and I couldn't be more proud of you." 

-Nelle E.

A terrific three days! Relaxed atmosphere, yet hard work that seemed to delight everyone. Amazing demos that had me mesmerized as Paul pulled and pushed color in ways I have never seen. He and Marla make everyone feel like they are old friends gathering to have fun!”

-Victoria L.

Background image: Detail from The Silence of Morning original watercolor by Paul Jackson. It was featured on the cover of Daisy Hickman’s new book of the same name. 

Let's Paint!

Paint with Paul and he'll help you reach the next level of artistic confidence and ability as he guides you through a painting, illustrating the principles of design, color, value, composition and the mechanics of watercolor.

Through informal lectures, discussions, demonstrations and critiques you refine your personal painting style. Come prepared to be entertained, make new artist friends and find logical and creative answers to your watercolor problems.

Paul will demonstrate the versatility of watercolor paint. You will learn how to work in thin layers of washes to build up luminous colors. Paul will lead you step-by-step with demonstrations of the painting process. Emphasis will be on what makes a good painting, planning the entire picture area, the importance of thinking through the composition, good division of shapes, value planning, what to communicate about the subject, and how to correct mistakes.

If watercolor is your passion, then this highly energized painting workshop is for you! Paul's stress-free, positive approach toward the act of painting will inspire you to loosen up and have fun again. Expect an intense, concentrated and lively workshop where you will elevate your understanding of watercolor. Beginners are always welcome!

Paul is the author of Painting Spectacular Light Effects in Watercolor and The Wandering Watercolorist.

 

2017 Workshop Schedule
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2017 Registration Form

February 10-12      FULL!
Gulfport, MS
Contact: Marla Jackson at Marla@PaulJackson.com

February 16-18
Baton Rouge, LA
Contact: Marla Jackson at Marla@PaulJackson.com

February 24-26
Columbia, MO
Contact: Marla Jackson at Marla@PaulJackson.com

April 3-6
San Jose, CA
Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society
Register at scvws.org
Workshop questions contact: workshops@scvws.org

April 14-16  FULL!
Tarzana, CA
The Valley Watercolor Society
Contact: Selina Cheng at selinachengart@aol.com

April 22-28     FULL!
Hendersonville, NC
Kanuga Watermedia Workshops
Contact:   www.kanugawatermediaworkshops.com

May 2-4     FULL!
Green Bay, WI

Northeast Wisconsin Watercolor Society
newiswatercolors.com
Contact: Kelly Wolske at  kelly.wolske@gmail.com

May 16-18
Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee Watercolor Society** 2017 Exhibition Judge
tallahasseewatercolorsociety.com
Contact: Glen McCafferty at drglenfl@live.com

June 26-27
Birmingham, MI
Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center
Contact: Cindi Mills at cindimills@bbartcenter.org

June 28-30
Birmingham, MI
Birmingham-Bloomfield Art Center
Contact: Cindi Mills at cindimills@bbartcenter.org

July 5-7
Burlington, Ontario CANADA
Contact:
http://pauljacksonworkshop.homestead.com/Paul-Jackson-workshop.html

Aug 4-6
Hattiesburg, MS
South Mississippi Art Association
Contact: Pam Breazeale at PamBreazeale@yahoo.com

Aug 14-16
Kansas City, MO
Summit Art Group
Contact: Barbara Neth at barbara.neth34@gmail.com

October 9-13
Oregon
Watercolor Society of Oregon** 2017 Exhibition Judge
Contact: Linda Nye at lgnye@comcast.net

October 27-29
Adelaide, Australia
Adelaide Art Society
Contact: Pam Saint at psaint@adam.com.au

14 Comments

  1. Brandi Deroche on February 13, 2017 at 11:02 am

    May I just say WOW! What an amazing experience! I’m fairly new to watercolor, or any painting medium for that matter, so I was a bit unsure of attending this workshop as a newbie. Gratefully, my nervousness was soon put at ease. Paul and Marla provide a great stress-free atmosphere which promotes the absorption of the flood of information presented in the workshop. Paul teaches in the same manner that he paints, with many layers and hidden gems that apply to all levels of artists. Furthermore, all of the participants were very positive, encouraging, and uplifting. I am renewed, refreshed, and excited to paint! As a side note, I have also joined the Paul Jackson’s Watercolor Workshop Anonymous Club, as I am now addicted to his workshops!

  2. Sarah Greenwood on February 12, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    HI, my friend Judy Joy Bell just messaged me asking to share some of Paul’s workshops as he’s planning to come to Australia later in the year. I run a business Grace Art Events and we run life drawing sessions as well as various workshops and training courses. If Paul was interested I would be happy to promote his workshops through Grace Art Events for a percentage fee. We have 1452 fans on our Facebook page, a Facebook group with 515 members, a Meetup.com Group with 848 members, a website which is in the process of being updated and I also work at Access Arts running workshops for people living with disability and know of a couple of artists who might be very keen to attend watercolour workshops. If you would be keen for me to promote your events through my networks or even organise venues for you, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.
    Kind regards,
    Sarah Greenwood
    Grace Art Events

  3. Iris Roberts on February 6, 2017 at 10:05 am

    I had hardly lifted a brush prior to my first and only workshop with Paul and Marla, and voila, during this experience, absolutely everyone was encouraging and helpful–a perfect place for all levels of achievement. I hope to attend another since that experience was not only instructive but personally enriching!

  4. Mary Muscato on October 29, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    I’ve taken several workshops with Paul, & travelled to France and Italy with Paul and Marla. I’ve learned a tremendous amount about painting, color, composition, supplies, and loved every minute of it. It’s not that common for someone that extraordinary to be just as nice and helpful as well as being such a superb teacher and friend. The people on the trips and workshops are terrific to be with too. Sign me up for as many as I can fit in!!

  5. Blake Esauk on August 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I just watched your one of your short video. Will be looking for more information about your works on the net.

    Blake in St George Utah

  6. Sandi Lear on August 13, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Hello Paul – I heard a rumour you might be coming Down Under next year? Is this true? If so, how may I register my interest please.
    Thanks tons
    Kindest regards
    Sandi

  7. Mary Ann Bradley on August 2, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Our watercolor class is looking for a workshop in Italy in 2017. By chance are you doing a workshop there next year? Everyone is intermediate it advanced in skill. Thanks so much!

  8. silke sietas on December 15, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Der Mister Jackson, is there a Chance to See you in good old germany sometime???? Your Work in watercolour is so Incredible . I already learn so much with your wonderful Book.

  9. Marilyn Fuerstenberg on October 24, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Painting the Night in Watercolor Workshop in Whitewater, WI. I was the coordinator of this workshop with Paul. What a wonderful man. He is willing to openly share his knowledge of watercolor. Hope to have him back in the future. Marla and Paul were easy to work with while arranging this workshop. I only heard positive comments from participants. Thanks Paul and Marla.

  10. Ann Johnson on October 18, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Paul:

    Long time no see. I don’t get to Missouri hardly ever and I guess you may not know I retired from Yellowstone at the end of 2008. I am now in Kalispell, northwestern Montana. You should talk to the Yellowstone Institute about doing a class in Yellowstone. I would be smashing. Ann.

  11. Vicki Burnett on January 25, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Paul! Thanks for the fantastic workshop in Starkville! I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you, Marla and Yoki! Please come back and do it again! I hope to come to Huntsville. Safe travels and happy painting!

  12. Rosemary Lee on July 7, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Thanks for a fun and fantastic workshop in Birmingham, MI. It was by far the best painting workshop I have ever experienced. Your instructions made sense to a beginner like me and I’m eager to apply them to my own work. I hope to join you again in the future, please come back to Michigan.

    Miss Rosemary

  13. Carole Ranney on February 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

    In searching Travel Workshops I found the sketching trip to Italy on Paul’s website. If it is still open I would like more information. 1. How large or small is the group? 2.Will there
    be a recommended supply list available?. Is the workshop full, and or is there a waiting list?. I was not able to make Paul’s workshop schedule in Newton, Kansas several years ago due to my husband’s failing health. If everything works out, we might finally be able to meet in Italy. Looking forward to your response. C.

    • Carole Ranney on October 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      I just got back from Italy with Paul Jackson and 14 new friends. We traveled across Italy soaking up the culture and filling our sketch books with memories at every opportunity. Paul has a way of teaching that makes learning fun and easy. It takes a special person to persuade a group of people to meet at the crack of dawn with cameras and sketchbooks , ready to welcome the sun and be happy about the early hour. I look forward to seeing the results of this trip in Paul’s future paintings. They are sure to be spectacular. Thanks Paul for a great experience.

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