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Study with Kim Johnson and let the fun begin!

You will love studying with Kim Johnson as she shows you how to overcome the daunting challenge of the 'blank paper'.  Kim can show you how to approach the art of expressive watercolor with both enthusiasm and determination.  Explore watercolor in a loose and colorful way, with techniques for putting down fresh and colorful first washes and working large to small. 

  • Study a variety of techniques: wet into wet, graded washes & grazing
  • Explore composition - the value, rhythm, massing in areas and movement
  • Gain confidence in painting the human form or portrait
  • Learn to make exciting paintings from your photos
  • Upgrade your painting abilities
  • Become more analytical of your own work and the work of others

With Kim, you will learn how to not stress about the small things and just have FUN!!!  Sessions are held regularly at KJ-Art Studio or through community locations.

To arrange a group workshop, please contact Kim via email.

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Already registered for a session with Kim?  Be sure to shop and bring your supplies from the list below.

Kim's Workshop Supply List

"Kim taught simple ways to improve your painting skills, correct drawing was emphasized, along with clean color, two methods were taught, wet and dry...wet was fun, and the dry method was more detailed. Kim is easy to work with and spent time with each student. I will definitely attend the workshop next year."
Robin

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"I have never painted portraits and frankly was quite tentative. Kim immediately put us at ease and continued to expand our horizons and color palette. She is supportive and fun, while she encourages and teaches about a subject that could be overwhelming. Thanks Kim."
Pamela

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"The watercolor workshop with Kim Johnson was a delightful learning experience.  Not only did I benefit from Kim's demonstrations and near encyclopedic knowledge of the craft, but I received personal suggestions regarding my work as I progressed on a painting.  Kim has a natural, relaxed manner which certainly made it easy to experiment without feeling threatened or inadequate. I highly recommend her classes."
Claudia

Sessions at KJ-Art Studio - 2017 Study Schedule Coming Soon!

Some Drawing/Painting experience recommended for these study sessions

All sessions are held from 9:00 AM - Noon

KJ-Art Studio, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Recommended Supply List: click here

For more information, please contact Kim at 480-251-6442 or email at kim@kj-art.com

Sponsored Sessions

Painting Figures and Animals from a Photo Reference

This 3-day workshop concentrates on painting animal (Day 1) and human (Day 2) figures as well as the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting.  Participants will learn to leverage their contour drawing as a guide (not a border) as the basis for building form with the use of glazes and washes.  This is an excellent workshop for gaining confidence in painting both animal and human forms, upgrading your painting ability, and learning to be more analytical of your own and other's paintings.

Experience Level: Should have some watercolor and drawing experience
Date: December 13-15, 2017 (3 days)
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Scottsdale Artists' School
Address: 3720 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale AZ 85251
Register Online: www.scottsdaleartschool.org

 

Portraits From the Beginning

Throw out those old, outdated rules for painting portraits or the human figure in watercolor! Learn techniques for breathing life into your subject matter using positive and negative space and building shapes by utilizing glazes.  Improve your color selection for skin tones and backgrounds, and see them come alive!  Students should bring their own portrait subject or composition to this class.

Experience Level: Should have some watercolor and drawing experience
Date: January 13, 2018 (1 day)
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Demonstration: January 11, 2018 (1 hour) at AWA Monthly Meeting
Meals: 1 hour break; on your own
Location: AAG Building
Address: 18411 N 7th Ave, Phoenix AZ 85023
Contact: Coming soon!

Painting Portraits with Character

Bring the inspiration of a favorite photo to life as a watercolor.  This class is ideal for watercolor artists desiring to develop pieces based on human subjects.  Using Kim's popular techniques to improve painting skills, Kim will help students bring focus on design, textures, value studies, color and composition.  Students will explore techniques for breathing life into their subject matter using positive and negative space and building shapes by utilizing glazes.  Kim will provide tips and techniques on making color selection for skin tones and backgrounds in order to see them come alive!  Students should bring their own portrait subject or composition to this class.

Experience Level: Should have some watercolor and drawing experience
Date: January 8 - February 19, 2018 (6 individual sessions; No session on February 5th)
Time: 9:00 AM - Noon
Location: Scottsdale Artists' School
Address: 3720 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale AZ 85251
Register Online: www.scottsdaleartschool.org

Creating Expressive Animal Painting in Watercolor

Get loose, go outside the lines, and don't be afraid of watercolors!  During this four-week course, Kim will guide students through three different approaches to an animal subject: a very direct painting approach, a wet-into-wet approach, and a unique "throwing paint" approach.  Students will let their fears evaporate, learning instead to relax and open up their creativity and imaginations.  Students will continue to explore additional techniques around the making of shapes, using color combinations, simultaneously designing foreground and background, and taking advantage of soft and hard edges.  Students will gain confidence in reaching the point where they realize their painting is complete.

Experience Level: Should have some watercolor and drawing experience
Date: February 26 - March 19, 2018 (4 individual sessions)
Time: 9:00 AM - Noon
Location: Scottsdale Artists' School
Address: 3720 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale AZ 85251
Register Online: www.scottsdaleartschool.org

Painting Figures and Animals from a Photo Reference

This 2-day workshop concentrates on painting animal (Day 1) and human (Day 2) figures as well as the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting.  Participants will learn to leverage their contour drawing as a guide (not a border) as the basis for building form with the use of glazes and washes.  This is an excellent workshop for gaining confidence in painting both animal and human forms, upgrading your painting ability, and learning to be more analytical of your own and other's paintings.

.Experience Level: Should have some watercolor and drawing experience
Date: May 3-4, 2018 (2 days)
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Scottsdale Artists' School
Address: 3720 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale AZ 85251
Register Online: www.scottsdaleartschool.org

 

Watercolor Portraiture with Kim Johnson

Throw out those old, outdated rules for painting portraits in watercolor! This 3-day workshop concentrates on techniques that will bring life into your subject matter.  Learn the application of paint with correct values, leaving lost and found edges for interest and movement, and integrating the foreground with the background to make a cohesive painting.  Participants will learn to leverage their contour drawing as a guide (not a border) as the basis for building form with the use of glazes and washes.  This is an excellent workshop for gaining confidence in painting the human form, upgrading your painting ability, and learning to be more analytical of your own and other's paintings.

Experience Level: Should have some watercolor and drawing experience
Date: June 19-21, 2018 (3 days)
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Ah Haa School for the Arts
Address: 300 S Townsend, Telluride CO 81435
Contact: www.ahhaa.org

 


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