Art Trek California 2012

Studio on Mesa, Bolinas

Northern California (Coastal West Marin County /1-hour north of San Francisco)

Studio on Mesa: The Poetics of Water Media Painting

Water Media for Self-Expression

Watercolor and/or Fluid Acrylic Art Classes

Studio on the Mesa/Bolinas, California

Saturdays, 1-day, 10 AM - 4 PM, $95 (bring picnic lunch)

Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 24, 2012

Private Day-Long Class, 10 AM - 4 PM, $180

Private Classes / $30 per hour (call to schedule)

Art Supplies Provided/ $20 one-day

Small Groups / Call to schedule your own date

Open Studio / Carol Duchamp Watercolor & Acrylic Paintings (call for appointment and directions)

Local Lodging is available in Stinson Beach, Bolinas and Point Reyes Station

Gift Certificates: We will print out and mail a personalized gift certificate to your loved one. Gift your friend, spouse or relative with an art experience that will bring continued joy to their lives. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays.

Class demonstrations and discussion will include wetting the paper or canvas, color, brushwork, compositional energy, edge shading, atmospheric effects, textual elegance and the use of watercolor crayon, acrylic inks, and polymer mediums. The class is taught in a warm and supportive environment that nourishes the intuitive power of self-expression. Whether your work moves in a realistic or abstract direction, innovative teaching methods will build self-confidence and enhance your skill.

A suggested materials list, confirmation letter, directions to Studio on the Mesa in West Marin County (1-hour north of San Francisco along the Pacific coast) and local lodging information will be mailed or emailed to participants.

To enroll in the Sat 1-day, simply mail a check made payable to Carol Duchamp in the amount of $95 to the address below with a note containing class date, your address, phone number, email, skill level and what interested you about the class. If you are a practicing artist, please bring one or two samples of your work. Questions? Call 415 868 9558. Mail to Carol Duchamp, Art Trek, P.O. Box 1103, Bolinas, CA 94924. Email carol@arttreks.com.

Carol Duchamp, Sri Yantra Mandala, Watercolor, 23"x 23", 2009

California

Bolinas, California
The Poetics of Water Media Painting

Watercolor and Fluid Acrylic Painting with Carol Duchamp

Studio on the Mesa/Bolinas, California

Saturdays, 1-day, 10 AM - 4 PM, $95 (bring picnic lunch)

Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 24, 2012

Private Day-Long Class, 10 AM - 4 PM, $180

Private Classes / $30 per hour (call to schedule)

Art Supplies Provided/ $20 one-day, $30 two-days (pre-book)

Small Groups / Call to schedule your own date

Open Studio / Carol Duchamp Watercolor & Acrylic Paintings/ Assemblage & Collage (call for appointment and directions)

Local Lodging is available in Stinson Beach, Bolinas and Point Reyes Station

Gift Certificates: We will print out and mail a personalized gift certificate to your loved one. Gift your friend, spouse or relative with an art experience that will bring continued joy to their lives. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays.

Course Outline
One-day water media painting classes are ideal for beginners, teachers, therapists and artists working in any medium who are seeking a fresh start. Whether your work moves in a realistic or abstract direction, class methods for evoking self-expression through the transparent magic of water media painting will be appreciated. By using a full range of non-traditional and experimental water media painting techniques, we will encourage 'the inner artist' to see and create a personal visual language. From the moment we wet our paper to the final sweep of form and color, we will attempt to evoke the presence of each artist in his or her work, discovering the personal palette of colors and shapes unique to each of us. All levels of skill are welcome. Participating students are welcome to focus on watercolor or fluid acrylic. Depending on class composition, both watercolor and fluid acrylic wet-into-wet techniques will be presented.

Class demonstration and discussion will include wetting the paper or canvas, color, brushwork, compositional energy, atmospheric effects, textual elegance, edge tinting, and the use of watercolor crayon, acrylic inks and image transfer when desired. In addition, we will experiment with the beauty of accidents, back-up puddles and color saturation. Innovative methods will build self-confidence and facilitate the spontaneity inherent in water media painting. We encourage our imagery to dance in a playful way. Wet- into- wet techniques will be emphasized. Instruction is individualized. Class size is limited to 6 participants.

A suggested art materials list, confirmation letter and directions to Studio on the Mesa in West Marin County (1-hour north of San Francisco along the Pacific coast) will be mailed to enrollees. Overnight accommodations are available in Stinson Beach and Point Reyes Station. Enjoy a weekend hiking or at the beach in West Marin. Top it off with a watercolor or fluid acrylic painting class.

To enroll in a Water Media for Self-Expression class, simply mail a check made payable to Carol Duchamp in the amount of $95 to the address below with a note containing class date, your address, phone number, email, skill level and what interested you about the class. If you are a practicing artist, please bring one or two samples of your work. Questions? Call 415 868 9558. Email carol@arttreks.com. Mail to Carol Duchamp, Art Trek, P.O. Box 1103, Bolinas, CA 94924.

Carol Duchamp, Santa Fe Metaphor and Jagged, watercolor, 23" x 32" 2008

NEW WORK OPEN STUDIO (see Duchamp Gallery)

By Appointment

Artist Instructor
Carol Duchamp, B.A., Otterbein College, Ohio, M.A., University of Strasbourg, France, has been leading outdoor watercolor painting classes in the U.S. and abroad for 20 years. Her teaching style encourages experimentation and self-discovery in a supportive environment that nourishes the intuitive power of self-expression. Her watercolors are rich in color, lushly saturated and sensual in form and have been described as 'cosmic, flowing and full of light." She has been showing her watercolor abstracts in and around the San Francisco Bay area for more than 10 years at Commonweal, the Bolinas Museum, Wilmer Gallery and Caffé Trieste among other locations. You may view selections of her watercolor, acrylic and collage paintings on the gallery page of this website. Carol has taught for City College of San Francisco (Continuing Ed), University of California Santa Cruz & UCLA Extensions, Sun Valley Art Center, Miraval Resorts, and has taught and led over 100 art courses abroad for Art Trek. She currently teachs at her Studio on the Mesa in West Marin County, at College of Marin and for Art Trek.

News Flash: The Birth of Post-Watercolorism at Caffé Trieste!
In a remarkable, quiet corner of the sleepy jet set village of Sausalito on the edge of the Golden Gate, the birth of a whole new movement in art has announced herself in the name of Carol Duchamp, a rogue watercolorist who has chosen for her venue the unlikely, but most popular café in the city, Caffé Trieste, to reveal something like a dozen new masterpieces of light and bathtub water technique.

In an era accustomed to saunas, jacuzzis and the realization that water is more precious than oil, Duchamp's watercolors may indeed prove to be the solution to Global Warming and ecological scarcity. Dipping her canvasses in the bathtub (filled), she has - in an instant - glorified sustainable painting by using the bath for multiple purposes: hygiene, pleasure, washing clothes, and -now- great art!

Such revolutions are rare in this age of redundancies and densities. But Duchamp has taken the metaphor of the bathtub - worked to death in Bonnard and Degas - to a new high, by actually incorporating the bathwater into the very texture of her cosmic consolations.

Anon. Sausalito Wire Service

Student Comments

“Thank you for your great energy, your poetry, your Qi Gong, your creativity and your kindness!” Deirdre (College of Marin, Fall 2011)

"I enjoyed myself so much last Saturday. Truth to tell, I was a little apprehensive about painting with others. But it was wonderful. You really have something special going, not the least of which is your ability to read your students and help support us as we find our own way. Thank you very much!" Susan (March, 2006)

"Hello Carol,
Yet again I wish to thank- you for the marvelous classes!  My daughter called last night and we had a grand time talking about what I did under your tutelage.  You are the most gentle of teachers and I loved the way you guided me.
On the inside of my computer armoire doors (white) I have posted five pieces of art I have accomplished (practice pages, too) and I love having the feel of them around me.  I  have the 'real' painting in the living room, and the three little ones together on a table in my studio.  
I so appreciate having some skills now to use to enjoy myself.
With deepest gratitude,
Peggy" (July 2009)

Carol Duchamp Watercolors

Above watercolors by Carol Duchamp were painted with Winsor-Newton and Holbein professional grade watercolors on Arches 300 lb paper. For painting sales see Duchamp Painting Gallery.

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PO Box 1103
Bolinas, CA 94924



Cell: (415) 868-9558

Email: carol@arttreks.com

 


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