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Monthly meeting and workshop


April 17, 2024 (Wednesday)
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


April 23, 2024 (Tuesday)  

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Artist:  Michael Adams, Watercolor Portrait Painting


Michael Adams Biography:

Michael Adams graduated from Philadelphia College of Art in 1977 and has been a working illustrator and designer for 45 years. His projects vary from designing collectibles, dinnerware collections and religious art. His designs have been authorized and sponsored by the Audubon Society and The National Geographic Society. He has illustrated numerous Children’s books. As a fine artist, he is an avid watercolorist and enjoys painting wildlife, landscapes and portraits. He currently is the Vice President of Philadelphia Watercolor Society and teaches watercolor classes and does workshops in the Philadelphia area and participates in local and regional exhibitions. For 12 years he was a Senior Lector in the Illustration Department at the University of the Arts.


For more information, visit his website:

Demo Description:


For the past three years, Michael has been inspired by his hikes in Evansburg State Park, near his home in Trooper, PA. He will show how he gathers reference, edits and creates compositions using multiple photo references with Photoshop and Procreate photo-editing apps. Watercolor demo will demonstrate painting multiple transparent layers to achieve form, color and detail. Also, Michael will show some new techniques using a Magic Eraser and crow quill watercolor drawing.


Workshop Description:


Painting a portrait can be a daunting challenge, especially if it is a friend, a loved one or a commission. If you paint a grandchild, you’ll be asked to paint ALL your grandkids! This workshop will help you overcome these concerns. Painting from random not-so-great photos is especially difficult.


Michael will show how to compose creative compositions using multiple photo references with Photoshop and Procreate photo-editing apps. Everyone will bring in a portrait drawing on watercolor paper.

Demo will show you how to control and apply wet puddle washes, exacting blending techniques and multiple layering of transparent washes that will help you achieve light form and color to paint a successful portrait.


Workshop Supplies:


Watercolor paints, brushes etc.


Bring a drawn-out portrait on watercolor paper ready to paint or a portrait painting in progress to work on in class. A full description of the drawing to bring in and a materials list will be sent to artists ahead of time.

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