Summer Class Description
Create Landscapes, Water, Beaches & Skies In Watercolor & Pencil
September 9 - September 15
Treat yourself to a week of making drawings and paintings in watercolor and pencil. You’ll work with ideas you bring along, and with the natural beauty around you at The Clearing. You’ll have your own table space in the Schoolhouse studio on which to spread out your supplies and to work at your own pace. The class will also spend some time sketching the dramatic landscape at The Clearing, especially during sunny weather. And the class will take relaxing breaks to enjoy time together and to share the work that’s being done.
Beginners are welcome, as well as those who want to enrich their work with new techniques. Each morning, Lee will demonstrate different techniques in capturing cloud patterns, sunlight-on-water and other natural forms. He will share what he has learned from 30 years of watercolor painting, particularly landscapes, beaches, water and skies. He’ll also share his many tricks of rendering nature in pencil. You are also welcome to explore your own subjects.
You may choose to work in graphite pencil, in watercolor or combine the two. Lee will provide a complete list of paper, drawing tools and watercolor supplies to bring with you. You may also bring pastels, pastel pencils, color drawing pencils or ink drawing pens of your choosing to explore and play with.
Lee Mothes grew up by the Pacific Ocean and was enchanted by its energy at an early age. He began making pencil drawings as a kid, then tried using watercolors, then combined pencil and watercolor, then went back to drawing, and so on. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in art in 1980, he worked as a graphic artist and as a carpenter until 1990, when he opened his Oceans and Dreams studio in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. He returns to the West Coast once or twice a year to promote his work and to get new ideas from actual observation on the beach! Lee also teaches drawing and painting at the Renaissance School of Art at West High School in Appleton, Wisconsin. Lee lives in Kaukauna.
A supply list will be sent prior to class and is available online.
Lee will contact students prior to class.
Pricing (per person):
$1015 Dorm Room Package*
$1115 Two-Person Room Package*
$1630 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$600 Commuter Package** (limited availability)
*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals **package includes tuition & 7 meals