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July 11-14 (4 days, Mon-Thurs)-Early bird Fee $500 ($550 after Feb. 28)


RON STOCKE ~ Night & Day in Watercolour

About the workshop

Media: watercolours

Level: all levels

In this four day workshop, one of Ron’s most popular, students will learn different techniques for how to paint exciting city and landscapes from dusk till dawn. To this end, participants should bring several images with clearly defined light exposure.  As well, the class will go outside to experience the actual effects of changing light on the land.

Our first day begins by addressing the mood of an early morning scene and how to capture the dramatic light and shadows of early light. Next, we will turn our focus to midday and the hustle and excitement of a busy scene. The workshop will end with a nocturnal scene;  dramatic reflections, strong values and lost and found edges.

Ron will focus on the elements of how to draw for a watercolor, showing students that they are probably drawing too much for what they need. Figures, cars and architectural detail are just a few of the specific subjects students will learn. Each day Ron will do two demonstrations, one morning and one at the end of the day.

Your unique  painting style and fingerprint is at the forefront in all of Ron’s workshops. Whether you are a colourist, a value painter or just starting to explore the watercolor medium, Ron’s one-on-one instruction will encourage each to find their own voice.

Supplies list

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About the artist

Ron Stocke moved at 13 from Chico, California to the Pacific Northwest. Interested in drawing and painting at an early age, his career as an artist was shaped by life events that really encouraged him to explore ways to cope with everything in a positive, productive way. His first experience with painting came at school when he was introduced to watercolors. His love for that medium evolved into a life long career.

The watercolor medium is honest, challenging and always new. It is the oldest pursuit that I know and has enriched my life at every level. While sometimes frustrating, even for the most experienced watercolor painter, it is invigorating and always a learning experience.

An award-winning watercolor artist, Ron is a regular contributor to and has been a cover artist for Watercolor Artist Magazine and other publications. He teaches comprehensive workshops throughout North America and Europe. Ron holds Signature Membership with the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Northwest Watercolor Society, and is a member of the American Impressionist Society. He has been an Artist Ambassador for M.Graham Watercolors for over 15 years.

Ron’s book “En Plein Air” ( now in it’s 5th edition) introduces watercolor artists and fine-art enthusiasts to the core concepts of painting on location. This guide will have you fully prepared for a day of painting outdoors. Inside, you'll find a comprehensive list of what to pack to maximize your time, learn how to choose a subject and interpret it for a composition, discover how to deal with  the challenges of shadows and shifting natural light and hone your watercolor technique.  His 4 day Gibsons School of the Arts water colour workshop aims to be a hands on version of the invaluable book.

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