Travis teaches her brand of liquid, active, alla prima watercolor in small, weekly sessions, 1 to 2 day workshops out of her studio or 3 day workshops in the studio and out in the village. The description of a typical 1 day workshop is below.
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Alix Hallman Travis
Bragg Hollow Studio
Halcottsville, NY 607 326-7073
April 30, 2014
Painting sessions would be held in my Bragg Hollow Studio, 103 Bragg Hollow Rd., Halcottsville, NY.
My class procedure will be to work with no more than 4 students in a 5 hour session (10:00-3:00) including about an hour long break while we consume a bag lunch and share our work, or critique.
Using a basic palette and a minimum of brushes students will complete 2 and maybe 3, quarter page paintings each ½ day. The first day’s session will be spent in the studio becoming familiar with our tools, how to employ them to get a desired result and internalizing a working vocabulary. That session will begin with a still life of vegetables or fruit that I set up to present specific design or painting issues.
I will paint a short demonstration then the students will paint the same subject with the demonstration in mind. As students work I observe, make suggestions and answer questions as needed.
When that painting is complete I will assist as students begin another painting of the same subject matter from a different view; this time following their own impulses but using tools as I have suggested.
During an hour’s break for lunch we will spend time looking at all the paintings, mine and students’, talking about them–what worked, what didn’t work.
Photo by B. Mitchell
In the day’s afternoon session students will have gained confidence and the basics of rapid and loose watercolor. We will change the subject matter to one of jars, books, boxes and kitchen tools to focus on issues of transparency, reflections, and picture planes. Weather permitting students may choose to paint in the afternoon en plein air, outdoors.
The prospect is exciting for me. I look forward to seeing you, Alix
Workshops conducted for:
Wallkill River Art School, Montgomery, NY
Roxbury Arts Group, Roxbury, NY
Longyear Gallery, Margaretville, NY
“Lose Control”, watercolor painting workshop, Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, Halcottsville, NY