workshops at firefly

All workshops will be held virtually via Zoom until it is save to hold in person at our gallery.


Landscape Watercolor with Andy Evansen

When:Wednesday, Dec 9th from 10:30am - 4:00pm (w/ 1/2 hour break)

Course Fee: $95 per person

Format: Zoom (live)

Level: Intermediate

Course Description: Watercolor is a difficult medium, in part because of the lack of opportunities to change/fix things once you begin painting. If you approach your painting without a good idea of how you're going to tackle each stage, it will lead to indecisiveness and often a timid, overworked watercolor.
I teach a value study-to-color method that encourages finding large shapes and helps with planning, composition, and lost edges, which are so important in watercolor. In this 3 hour class, we will work on two scenes together (I provide photo references), with you following my steps as I break it down first with Paynes Gray and then moving to color.

Artist Biography: Andy Evansen |

Andy Evansen’s career in art started as a medical illustrator in Minneapolis, creating artwork for medical device companies, textbooks and surgeons. Once that industry became dependent on digital art, he longed for a return to fine art and began watercolor painting.

Choosing a ‘style’ was not difficult, as Andy was always inspired by the representational yet impressionistic watercolor paintings of British artists Trevor Chamberlain, David Curtis, and Ed Seago among others. He found himself attempting to capture the landscape with the same economy of brushstroke, taking advantage of the luminosity of watercolors done in just a few washes. In addition, he was impressed with the way those artists seemed to capture everyday scenes in such a way that revealed a hidden beauty, subjects that many would simply pass by. This appealed to Andy as he grew up in the rural Midwest of the United States, far from the large, bustling cities of the east coast or the drama of the Pacific on the west coast. His familiarity and love of simple farm scenes and small towns is evident in his work today.

Andy’s work gained recognition after winning an international watercolor competition through American Artist magazine, appearing on their cover in 2005. He’s been featured in numerous other publications since, and has become a sought-after workshop instructor who paints and teaches internationally. He became a signature member of the prestigious Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) in 2012 and was elected their President in 2015.

His paintings have won numerous awards, including the Bronze Medal of Honor at the 2012 American Watercolor Society Exhibition, and in 2015 he received the High Winds Medal and his signature status from the American Watercolor Society. He is also a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society.

His work was recently selected for inclusion in the California Art Club’s Gold Medal Exhibition in 2020.

His love of painting on location also led to him being a featured presenter at the 2014 and 2016 Plein Air Conventions and inclusion in the 2017 Qingdao International Masters Watercolor Plein Air Event.

Andy has been asked to jury several exhibitions, including the Hoosier Salon in 2016 and the New England Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Watercolor Society and Red River Watercolor Society National Exhibitions in 2017.

*Artwork above is a sample of the instructor artist’s work and style. It does not necessarily depict the image that will be created during the workshop.

Landscape Watercolor
with Andy Evansen

Fee $95.00

Course no. 20-002

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Past Workshops

Simple Fall Still-Life with Kathleen Giles

When: This workshop took place on Friday, Nov 6th, 2020 and was a huge success! Thank you for all who attended, your paintings were amazing!

Course Fee: $80 per person

Format: Zoom (live)

Level: Intermediate

Course Description: Kathleen will demonstrate how to add drama to your watercolor paintings by using value and color saturation. Working wet-into-wet and using her damp brush technique on wet and dry paper, she will explain how to make your paintings look more three dimensional. Hard and soft edges, composition and value will be stressed. Transparent versus opaque paints and when to use them will also be covered.

After registration, students will receive an email containing the photo reference, drawing and sizing instructions, the palette and supply list, and any necessary information.

Artist Biography: Kathleen S. Giles |

My art has become such an all-encompassing force in my life that I am always involved in some aspect of it. Painting, teaching or imagining a new composition, all keep me engaged and motivated. I use realism to grab the viewer’s attention and then invite them to further explore the scene I have created with carefully placed details. My paintings capture a moment in time. I hope to elicit an emotional response from the viewer that will ensure my work is remembered.”

Kathleen is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, American Women Artists, the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, the Niagara Frontier Watercolor Society and is a member of the Watercolor USA Honor Society and the International Guild of Realism.

The artist is an award winning artist, teacher and workshop instructor and has been painting in watercolor for more than twenty five years. Her realistic and sensitive portrayal of everyday life has won her many awards around the country. ”Vanity” received the first place purchase award in the 2019 National Watercolor Society show and First place in the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society 2020online show. Her painting “Meat and Potatoes Man” won first place in the portrait category of the international group Global Association of Watercolor Artists. The painting “Sarah” won Best of Show in the Pittsburg Watercolor Society’s national show in 2018. “Queen of Hearts” won first place in the Watercolor USA show at the Springfield Museum in the spring of 2018. “My Oarsman” won the Trails and Streams Medallion for Woodland Theme in the 2018 Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors. Kathleen had an eight page article published in the Watercolor Artist Magazine’s April 2020 issue and another in the February 2017 issue. Her work was featured in the French magazine Pratique des Arts twice in 2017. She also had an article published in the International Artists Magazine Dec/Jan 2014/2015 issue and her painting was featured on the cover.

Kathleen maintains a studio and gallery in her home in Western New York State and teaches workshops around the country and online.

*Artwork above is a sample of the instructor artist’s work and style. It does not necessarily depict the image that will be created during the workshop.



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