2022 Summer Program


Class #61

Create Landscapes, Water, Beaches & Skies In Watercolor & Pencil

Lee Mothes

July 31 - August 6, 2022

instructor imageTreat yourself to a week of making drawings and paintings in watercolor and pencil, colored pencil, pastels or exclusively in watercolor. You’re encouraged to work with ideas you bring with you, and with the natural beauty all around at The Clearing. You’ll have your own table space in the Schoolhouse studio on which to spread out your supplies and work at your own pace. The class will spend some time outside sketching The Clearing’s dramatic landscape, especially during sunny weather. The class will also 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 try new methods and materials. 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 over 30 years of watercolor painting, particularly landscapes, beaches, water and skies. He’ll share examples of rendering nature in pencil. You are also welcome to explore your own subjects.

Lee will provide a complete list of paper, drawing tools and watercolor supplies to bring with you. You may also bring pastels, pastel pencils, colored drawing pencils or ink drawing pens of your choosing to explore and play.

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 practiced with watercolors, combined pencil and watercolor, 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 get a fresh infusion of 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.

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Supply List: Supply List PDF
Web: www.oceansanddreams.com

Pricing (per person):
$1180 Dorm Room Package*
$1280 Two-Person Room Package*
$1920 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$675 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals


NEW IN 2022! In order to register online, you will need to sign into a Clearing User Account. Complete user account info and "How To's" can be found on our Clearing User Account Page.