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Fall 2019 Workshop with Iain Stewart


The Watercolor Workshop will be held at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust Street, Lockport, NY October 15 – 18, 2019, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.  

 Workshop Brochure with Registration Form is available for download here.

Iain Stewart Workshop brochure


Iain Stewart is a watercolor artist / illustrator and a signature member of both the American and National Watercolor Societies. His work has received numerous awards in international competition and he is a sought after juror and workshop instructor. He is also an architectural illustrator with an international clientele- a business he has run for the last 20 years. Iain maintains a studio in Opelika, Alabama.

Artist’s Statement

I rely on instinct a great deal and my sketchbook when selecting subjects for my paintings. The lion’s share of my work is done in one sitting as my real struggle in painting is to capture the initial vision for any given piece. I am most often motivated by capturing a definitive lighting condition and how it influences shape and value rather than faithfully representing the subject as witnessed. Watercolor is uniquely suited for this task as “light” is reserved from the first brush strokes and must be protected throughout the painting process .

The underlying narrative in my work is not based on any theme in particular but quite simply how “place” is inhabited and used daily. 

I often use remembered atmospheric and lighting conditions in my work and would say that I paint from life and memory simultaneously. My watercolors are not only a translation of what I see, but more importantly, an expression of how I choose to view the world. 

   Web Site: http://iainstew.fineartstudioonline.com


Spring 2019 Workshop with Pat Dews


This Spring’s Watercolor Workshop, “ABSTRACTING NATURE”, will be held at Marienthal Country Inn, 5107 Langford Road in Eden, NY, May 13 – 17, 2019, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.  

The workshop is full! Registration is complete.

About the 5 day Workshop “ABSTRACTING NATURE”:

For Pat design is everything as she creates experimental works in watermedia on paper and
canvas. The design elements: shape, texture, line, space, value and color translate what she
sees in nature. Being an intuitive painter, she delights in showing students how they also can
transform realistic imagery into well composed abstractions.

Pat will cover design elements and numerous painting techniques to help attendees learn how to create exciting and meaningful abstracts in watermedia.

We will use watercolor, acrylics and inks, as well as collage pieces, gesso, alcohol, etc. to cover such techniques as masking, spraying dripping, transfers, texturing and sgrafitto.

The daily schedule will include design talks, demonstrations, video presentations and critiques. There will be plenty of time to work on your own unique paintings (no clones) and try new techniques. Many of Pat’s students sayhow their work has grown and they will never work the same way again.


Pat Dews, a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City is a signature member and Dolphin Fellow of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, National Collage Society and the New Jersey Water Color Society.

Dews creates experimental works in watermedia on paper and canvas.  She paints the abstract essence of nature.  The shapes and textures of flowers, rocks, water, crumbled walls, rusty objects are translated into richly layered paint surfaces. Collage is often integrated.  Dews skillfully juggles organic and geometric forms, transparent and opaque paint – all held together by a basic abstract underlying shape.  It is this intricate dance, rendered in strong color and value which produces her award-winning paintings.  

Dews’ painting, “Overpass” received Second Place in the 33rdAnnual Artist’s Magazine Abstract/Experimental category. Pat received The  Mary Bryan Memorial Medal at the 150thAmerican Watercolor Society Exhibition, 2017, the Paul B. Remmey, AWS, Memorial Award at the 148thAmerican Watercolor Society International Exhibition, 2015, the Edgar Whitney Memorial Award at the 149thAmerican Watercolor Society Exhibition, 2016 and the China Zou Yinong Silver Award – China/NWS Small Image Exhibition, 2016. Dews’ paintings were represented in the 2015 Small Image Exchange Exhibition and the 2015 Shenzhen International Biennial Exhibition, China.

Pat is the author of [the painter’s workshop] Creative Composition & Design, 2003 (ebook), and Creative Discoveries in Watermedia,1998, published by North Light Books.  Her work has appeared in numerous books and publications. Dews’ videos, Designing Great Starts with Texture and Formand Let’s Get Started Finishingare available through Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.

Pat is an enthusiastic, popular instructor, teaching workshops internationally. Dews has acted as juror for both the American Watercolor Society and the National Watercolor Society. Pat lives in Hobe Sound, Florida and spends summers in Southold, New York.

E-mail: PatDews@aol.com    Web Site: www.patdews.com


Spring Workshop with Peggi Nero Habets

Our Spring Workshop will feature nationally renowned watercolor painter Peggi Nero Habets

This Spring’s Watercolor Workshop will be held at Marienthal Country Inn, 5107 Langford Road in Eden, NY, May 14 – 18, 2018, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Registration Forms for the Workshop are now available on this site. They will also be emailed to all NFWS Members. Click the workshop title below to view and print the Registration Form.

NFWS Spring Workshop 2018


Peggi Nero Habets lives and works as an artist in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa. Her deep love for the fluidity and spontaneity of watercolor has led her to paint and teach in the medium for over 15 years. Her figurative and cityscape paintings have been exhibited and collected internationally and she has received awards in many prestigious shows, including the National Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society International Juried Exhibitions. Publications of her work include “Splash 18” and the upcoming “Splash 19” watercolor books, as well as magazine features and articles in The Art of Watercolour, Pratique Des Arts, Watercolor Artist, Watercolor Magic, and Palette magazines. She is the author of “Watercolor Made Easy: Portraits”, and was featured in “The Art of Drawing and Painting Portraits”, both books published by Walter Foster Publishing.  Peggi’s artwork was selected from 7,000 entries for the esteemed Shanghai Watercolour Biennial and the Shenzhen International Watercolour Exhibition, exhibiting in multiple cities in China. A popular watercolor instructor, Peggi enjoys teaching watercolor workshops and painting retreats around the country.


Watercolor workshop for all levels
Students go beyond mere portraiture and the goal of achieving a likeness. We will delve into the design and planning that are integral in telling a story or communicating an idea. The workshop progresses through the stages of a painting, from initial inspiration and reference material to value and color studies to final painting of a figure or figures. Although students may complete one or several paintings during the course of the workshop, the ultimate goal is not to create a masterpiece, but to experiment with new ideas and techniques and to make plenty of mistakes.   

Join us for a week of inspiration and camaraderie.



Artists Talks, Fall 2017 Members Watermedia Exhibition

Sally Treanor and Mike Killelea will co-host this event featuring six NFWS Member-Artists whose painting(s) are included in this incredible exhibition.

The artists are Roberta Bolt, Sallye Keith, Kathleen Giles, Mary Ellen Hanna, Kateri Ewing and Catherine O’Neill.

Join us and find out about transparent watercolor and water media. It’s fun!



Our Fall Workshop with Linda Frayne Kemp

Our Fall Workshop will feature internationally renowned  watercolor and water media painter Linda Frayne Kemp

This Fall’s Watercolor Workshop will be held at The Kenan Center, 433 Locust Street in Lockport, NY, October 17 – 20, 2017, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. Please note that this is a 4 day workshop beginning on Tuesday, October 17th! The fee for this workshop is $350 for members and $370 for non-members. The Registration Form for this Workshop can be read and downloaded here.


Registration Forms have also been emailed to all NFWS Members, to arrive August 7th, and mailed to NFWS Members who do not have an email address or who have requested a paper copy of the registration forms. 

Our workshops fill quickly. Don’t hesitate. Complete the Registration Form and mail it with your Workshop Fee to: Betty Stanton, 20 Argyle Park, Buffalo, NY 14222.


A full time artist, Linda Kemp frequently instructs and lectures at national symposiums and watercolour workshops throughout Canada, The United States and The United Kingdom. She was the recipient of the 2005 Woman of Distinction Award for Arts and Culture and in 2008 received the AJ Casson Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Watercolour, the top award for the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour National Juried Exhibition.

Linda is internationally recognized for her unique contemporary watercolours and innovative use of negative painting. She is the author of two books: Watercolor Painting Outside the Lines – A Positive Approach to Negative Painting and Simplifying Design and Color For Artists – Positive Results Using Negative Painting Techniques (North Light pub.) and four instructional Dvds. Kemp is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, The Ontario Society of Artists and The Society of Canadian Artists and was given honorary membership in the Society for all Artists (UK). This artist is profiled in Canadian Who’s Who, Who’s Who of Canadian Women, The Dictionary of International Biography, The 20th Anniversary Edition of Trivial Pursuit and 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century.

Her award winning paintings are in private, public, and corporate collections around the world, including The Royal Collection, Windsor Castle, and the private collection of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Her paintings and articles have been featured in publications such as Artist’s Magazine, American Artist, Watercolor Magic, International Artist, Watermedia Focus, Palette Magazine and The Watercolour Gazette. Castle, U.K.



Our Spring Workshop with Carol Carter.

Our Spring Workshop will feature nationally renowned luminous watercolor painter Carol Carter. Learn how to paint with fluidity in watercolor, following her demonstrations of wet, loose watercolor techniques.

This Spring’s Watercolor Workshop will be held at Marienthal Country Inn, 5107 Langford Road in Eden, NY, May 15 – 19, 2017, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.

You can read more about the workshop and check out the registration forms here.

NFWS Spring Workshop 2017 Registration


Carol Carter is a long time resident of St. Louis, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Washington University. Long admired in the St. Louis area, she earned national recognition in 2002 when her work was featured on the cover of New American Paintings magazine. She has had solo exhibitions in Ecuador, Norway, France, and USVI.

Water is an enduring presence in Carol Carterʼs paintings. Having grown up in Florida, she sees water as an evocative backdrop, resonant in contrasts that illuminate the human condition. Using vibrant, saturated colors, she plays upon nature in images of swimmers, lush landscapes, insightful portraits and botanical studies.


Each day will include a demonstration and a uniquely tailored lesson to inspire. Carol will discuss color, water, design, and value. She will also discuss marketing and using social media to build your career.

The brilliance of color and the purity of paint application will be emphasized. She will talk about juxtaposing colors to make them vibrate. Imagery, content, and point-of-view are a focus. The afternoon will be devoted to individual instruction and group critique.

Classes promise to be informal and entertaining with lively discussion. Carter strives to build an atmosphere of learning by encouragement, support and permission to take a risk. Questions, curiosity and camaraderie are a must!

Join us for a week of inspiration and camaraderie.