IWS Fall Workshops - 2019 - Alexis Lavine

The Iowa Watercolor Society Presents

Two Workshops By Alexis Lavine:

“Creative Watercolors Using Photographs” on September 18-20, 2019 

“From Ordinary to Extraordinary” September 23-25, 2019 

At LaPoste

1219 Warford St.

Perry, IA 50220

Alexis Lavine

Alexis Lavine has devoted the last two decades to watercolor painting. Her award winning paintings have been included in numerous juried and gallery exhibitions, and they hang in private and corporate collections throughout the country, as well as overseas. Alexis divides her time between painting in her studio and painting outdoors on location. She has recently been designated as one of Watercolor Artist Magazine's "Ones to Watch." Alexis is an enthusiastic art instructor, who teaches painting and drawing classes and workshops. She gives her students a sound background in technique and esthetics, encourages them to express their individuality through their art, and helps them to relax and enjoy their artistic pursuits. Alexis' watercolors are full of luminous color, rich shadows, and beautifully drawn shapes. With meticulous attention to composition, she crafts paintings that are descriptive and yet expressive, realistic and yet abstract. She lives and paints in central North Carolina, except during the winter, when she migrates to the Virgin Islands and paints lots of palm trees!

Creative Watercolors Using Photographs - Sept. 18-20, 2019 - - - CANCELLED

Alexis Lavine has thousands of photos, which she interprets to inspire her watercolor paintings.  She would like to help you do the same.  She is a professional watercolor painter, but not a professional photographer. In fact, she takes particular delight in working with photos that are out of focus, poorly composed, cluttered, or over or under exposed. Why? Because that forces her to interpret what she sees, to use her imagination, and to design and create paintings that are original, personal, and way better than the photos that inspired them! During this workshop, Alexis will share many different ways in which she interprets her photos, designs her paintings, imagines and conceives her pictorial stories, plans and draws her shapes, selects colors and values, and lots more! Her demos will surprise, inspire, and encourage you. This workshop will be great for painters of all levels ... for beginners to intermediates, who want to avoid the trap of copying their photos, and for more advanced painters, who want to break out and use their photos in new and creative ways. So grab your camera and start shooting. Dig those shoe boxes of old photos out of your closet. Spend an insightful and eye-opening workshop, learning how to interpret your photos and make great paintings!


Please note: You do not need a computer for this workshop. Alexis will talk about the use of digital cameras and computer editing, but this workshop will rely on good old fashioned designing, drawing, and painting. You are welcome to bring (digital or film) prints, or use images on your portable electronic device.

From Ordinary to Extraordinary - Sept. 23-25, 2019

In this workshop Alexis Lavine will focus on painting the humble, ordinary subject. So often we feel like we have to find a dramatic, spectacular, exotic, picture-perfect subject … before we can begin to paint. But quite often a fascinating, surprising, poignant subject is right at our feet, or in a corner of our home, overlooked and forgotten. Let’s explore some modest subjects and see how we can turn them into extraordinary paintings – with the right combination of solid drawing, creative design, good painting technique, imagination, humor, and fun! Alexis will give you lots of ideas about identifying, selecting, and interpreting your subjects, while she presents informative and inspiring demo paintings. She will share a tremendous amount of information about technique, design, drawing, color theory, communication, and lots more. This workshop will be good for painters at all levels, and Alexis will work with you individually, as well as with the entire class, to help you on your own pathway.  Join Alexis, to discover a whole new avenue for your creative endeavors!


Workshop Entry Form:

The fee per workshop is $355 for members and $405 for non-members.  Lunch is provided each day and is included in the workshop fee.  Priority is given to Iowa Watercolor Society members. Workshop registrations and fees must be submitted by August 15, 2019 for IWS members.  Non member registrations are due by August 19, 2019. No refunds will be given after August 23, 2019.  Attendance for this workshop is limited to 20 participants. Early registration is encouraged due to the limited space available.

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Workshop #1 -Creative Watercolors Using Photographs - Sept 18-20, 2019 - - - CANCELLED
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Workshop #2 - From Ordinary to Extraordinary - Sept 23-25, 2019
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Important Dates:

Key Dates for the 2019 Annual Exhibition and Meeting


6/14/19 - Exhibit Submission Deadline 

7/08/19 - Arists with accepted work will be notified by email

8/01/19 - Deadline for mailed art to be received. 

               Mailed to:  Mary Rose Collectibles

                               1215 Warford St

                               Perry, IA 50220

8/04/19 - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  - Drop off accepted paintings at LaPoste, Perry, IA

8/08/19 - 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Opening Reception for all artists

8/15/19 - Registration deadline for Alexis Lavine's fall workshop 

9/23 thru 9/25 - Watercolor Workshop

9/22/19 - Annual Meeting and Luncheon - Doors open 10:30 am, Lunch 11:30 am

9/22/19 - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (after luncheon) - Pick up art from Exhibition and Traveling Show