WAS-H hosts two major workshops each year with visiting artists. The workshops are held in conjunction with the International Watermedia Exhibition (IWE) in March and the Annual Members Exhibit (AME) in October. The visiting artist is also the juror for the corresponding exhibit.
The benefit to members is a nationally known artist comes to WAS-H so members don't need to travel to take a workshop from a favorite artist. On occasion, WAS-H is able to secure additional visiting artists to offer a workshop in another time of the year.
- October 2021: Michael Holter
- October 4-6: Watercolor Landscapes with Michael Holter
- October 7-8: Watercolor Portraits with Michael Holter
- March 2022: Mark Mahaffey
- October 2022: Ryan Fox
- March 2023: Brenda Swenson
The 2021 AME will feature Michael Holter as juror for the show and workshop instructor.
Michael Holter is an award-winning artist who works in watercolor and oil, who's paintings can be found in private and corporate collections in the US and several foreign countries. Although Michael has been painting most of his life, his work experience spans a wide range of creative challenges. He has been an art teacher, creative director and businessman in both fine art and commercial art. Michael has owned and operated galleries, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education and an MA in Visual Communication.
Michael is a member of the Salmagundi Club, a signature member of The National Watercolor Society, The American Impressionist Society, The Watercolor Honor Society, The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, The Outdoor Painter Society, the Southwestern Watercolor Society, The Missouri Watercolor, The Society of Watercolor Artists and more.
Michael says, "My work is impressionistic. I like to represent people or places and allow the painting to evolve from the structure of what is recognizable. The challenge is to balance the care needed to make the representation interesting… and perhaps believable, with the freedom, looseness and painterly quality that makes painting so unique and expressive."
"I have been influenced by artists such as Charles Reid, Richard Schmid, Burt Silverman, Frank Webb, John Singer Sargent, Ted Nuttall and many others. Even though I have an art degree, most of what I put into practice is self-taught through studying the work of these distinguished artists and much painting."
"My wife, Cyndy, and I grew up in on the wide-open plains of North Dakota and arrived in Plano, TX by way of Minnesota (I can paint a snowy winter landscape with the best of ‘em) prior to our east coast years in Virginia. We often travel enjoying the beauty of God’s creation."
We are thrilled to have Michael lead two workshops: a 3-day and a 2-day options here at WAS-H, October 4-8. You are invited to join one or both of Michael's workshops, observing firsthand his demonstrations and learning his techniques in creating impressionistic watercolor work. Visit his website at www.michaelholter.com
From Herb Reed, past president of Southwestern Watercolor Society. "For the past dozen years, I have facilitated and/or participated in more than 20 watercolor workshops, as an officer of SWS and as a principal in a local gallery. Michael's recent workshop was one of the top few that "really made a difference" in the way that I approach painting. Take it... you will learn about design and composition, techniques, and hints on taking reference photos -- all for turning out terrific watercolor portraits."